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 has been updated as at December 2017.


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 2016-17, 63.4% of people attending major public hospital emergency departments were seen, treated, and either discharged or admitted within 4 hours. 

One of the areas that impacted emergency department performance was increased demand, particularly between July and September 2016. The overall number of emergency department presentations have increased each year from 2010-11, most significantly across metropolitan local health networks providing acute adult services. Despite this, the adult demographic has seen a performance improvement of 4% since 2010-11. 

SA Health remains committed to improving overall emergency department performance against the 90% target. All Local Health Networks have plans in place to ensure sustainable improvement.  

Lead Agency

SA Health

Disaggregated data

Indigenous Status