Table 1

Variable definitions and data sources

Variable nameDefinitionSource
Waiting timeMinutes between being seen by a doctor and being admitted or transferred, or dyingVEMD
Catchment populationCalculated as population of health service area 18VEMD
DayWeekend/WeekdayVEMD
Hospital locationMetro/RuralVEMD
SeasonSummer/Autumn/Spring/WinterVEMD
ED patient categoryResuscitation, Emergency, Urgent, Semi-urgent or Non-urgentVEMD
AgeAge in yearsVEMD
Social disadvantageSEIFA index of disadvantage for postcode of patientABS Census of Population and Housing (2006)
GenderMale/FemaleVEMD
Country/Region of originSouthern Europe, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, South-East Asia, UK, OtherVEMD
IndigenousAboriginal or Torress Strait IslanderVEMD
DoctorsNumber of FTE doctors employed in the hospital campusData supplied by the Victorian DHS
NursesNumber of FTE nurses employed in the hospital campusData supplied by the Victorian DHS
  • VEMD, Victorian Emergency Minimum Dataset.