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A UNSW-led study has confirmed for the first time that the implementation of the four-hour National Emergency Access Target has helped reduce chronic overcrowding in hospital emergency departments.

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The annual flu season means up to 17,000 more patients a year are staying longer in NSW emergency departments, a new study reveals.

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In the largest project of its kind, UNSW researchers have analysed 1.2 million calls to a helpline in NSW and found more than two-thirds of patients attended an emergency department when advised to do so.

A behind-the-curtain look at Australian hospital emergency rooms by UNSW researchers shows an entrenched culture of patient "packaging and selling".