More patients being seen on time in EDs

The proportion of patients being seen on time in emergency departments has improved over the last five years.

There has been a 3% average annual increase in ED presentations across Australia since 2010/11 but a 4% improvement in the proportion of patients seen on time (see infograph below).

About 74% of ED patients in Australia were seen on time in 2014-15, ranging from 59% in the ACT to 81% in NSW.

Patients were classified as being seen on time if they were treated within 30 minutes if their presentation was urgent, one hour if it was semi-urgent and two