Elective surgery waiting times (census data) DSS 1 January 2012-30 June 2012
Identifying and definitional attributes
Metadata item type:
Data Set Specification
Health, Retired 13/12/2011
Data Set Specification (DSS)
The scope of this data set specification (DSS) is patients on waiting lists for elective surgery (as defined in the 'Elective care waiting list episode—elective care type, code N' data element, also referred to by the short name 'Waiting list category') 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 either this data set specification or the related 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.
The data element 'Elective care waiting list episode—category reassignment date, DDMMYYYY' is not required for reporting to the DSS, but is necessary for the derivation of the data element 'Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at a census date), total days N[NNN]'.
The data element 'Elective care waiting list episode—elective care type, code N' is not required for reporting to the DSS, but is necessary for determining whether patients are in scope for the DSS.
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.