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Canberra hospital wait times: ACT to test new national benchmarks for emergency departments | The Canberra Times

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The ACT’s health system will test a new set of national targets for emergency departments, as it continues to fall short of existing ones. The move comes after the territory returned another disappointing report card on emergency department wait times on Wednesday, and ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith warned the next one would only be worse. She later met with the Australian College for Emergency Medicine, which proposes benchmarks for the country’s emergency departments. The parties agreed the ACT would test new national time-based targets, a government spokeswoman confirmed. The spokeswoman could not confirm if…



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