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Emergency departments (EDs) are an essential component of Australia’s health care system. Many of Australia’s public hospitals have purpose-built EDs, staffed 24 hours a day, providing care for patients who require urgent medical, surgical or other attention.
Explore more details on ED care via the links at the bottom of the page.
In 2018–19, 71% of patients were ‘seen on time’, including almost all of those requiring immediate care and 75% of those requiring care within 10 minutes. The overall proportion seen on time has fallen since 2014–15 (74%).
Of all ED presentations:
The latest data on ED care is available for download below.
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