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Use of Emergency Departments for Lower Urgency Care in Australia: 2015-16 to 2018-19

A new release from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) found more than one-third of presentations to hospital emergency departments (EDs) are for lower urgency care, some of which may be managed more appropriately by health services in the community. In 2018−19, use of EDs for lower urgency care varied across Australia—ranging from 53 presentations per 1,000 people in Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network (PHN) area (Qld), to 333 per 1,000 people in Western NSW PHN area.

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