Elective surgery waiting times (census data) NMDS 2006-09
Identifying and definitional attributes
Metadata item type:
Data Set Specification
Health, Superseded 03/12/2008
National Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
The scope of this minimum data set is patients on waiting lists for elective surgery (as defined in the Waiting list category data element) which are managed by public acute hospitals. This will include private patients treated in public hospitals, and may include public patients treated in private hospitals.
Hospitals may also collect information for other care (as defined in the Waiting list category data element), but this is not part of the National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) for Elective surgery waiting times.
Patients on waiting lists managed by hospitals operated by the Australian Defence Force, corrections authorities and Australia's external territories are not currently included.
Data are collected for patients on elective surgery waiting lists who are yet to be admitted to hospital or removed for another reason. The scope is patients on elective surgery waiting lists on a census date who are 'ready for care' as defined in the Elective surgery waiting list episode—patient listing status, readiness for care code N data element.
Collection and usage attributes
Patients on waiting lists on census dates.
Elective care waiting list episode—category reassignment date, DDMMYYYY is not required for reporting to the NMDS, but is necessary for the derivation of Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at a census date), total days N[NNN]. Elective care waiting list episode—elective care type, code N and Elective surgery waiting list episode—patient listing status, readiness for care code N are not required for reporting to the NMDS, but are necessary for determining whether patients are in scope for the NMDS. These data elements should be collected at the local level and reported to state and territory health authorities as required.
National reporting arrangements
State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collation, on an annual basis.
Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated
Census dates are 30 September, 31 December, 31 March and 30 June.
Implementation start date:
Implementation end date:
There are two different types of data collected for this national minimum data set (census data and removals data) and the scope and list of data elements associated with each is different.
For the purposes of this NMDS, public hospitals include hospitals which are set up to provide services for public patients (as public hospitals do), but which are managed privately.
The inclusion of public patients removed from elective surgery waiting lists managed by private hospitals will be investigated in the future.