South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


84. Health service standard:

By 2015, 90% of patients presenting to a public hospital emergency department will be seen, treated, and either discharged or admitted to hospital within four hours

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

In 2014-15 63.8% of people attending major public hospital emergency department were seen, treated, and either discharged or admitted within 4 hours (64.5% in 2013-14). This is an improvement compared to 2010-11 (the base year) when 59.4%; however was below the target of achieving 90% by 2015.

One of the areas that impacted emergency department performance was the increased demand experienced between July and September 2015.  Despite this improvements were achieved demonstrated by the estimated result of 66% for 2015-16.

Whilst there is currently no national target set for this measure, South Australia has retained the 90% target and SA Health remains committed to improving emergency department performance.  Through Transforming Health, major emergency departments will be further developed at Flinders Medical Centre, the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital with senior doctors and nurses on-site around the clock to respond to life-threatening emergencies and trauma. Community emergency departments will also be developed for smaller hospitals, such as Noarlunga Hospital, to ensure the community can still access the services they require, close to home.

Lead Agency

SA Health

Disaggregated data

Indigenous Status