National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Satisfaction with waiting times for medical specialist, 2011–12
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Waiting times for medical specialists, 2011–12|
|Description:||Percentage of adults referred to a medical specialist who felt they waited longer than acceptable to get an appointment with a medical specialist in the preceding 12 months.|
|Indicator set:||National Health Performance Authority: Healthy Communities: 2011–|
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Collection and usage attributes
|Population group age from:||For this indicator an adult is defined as a person aged 15 years and over|
Participants in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Patient Experience Survey 2011–12 who received a written referral to a medical specialist for their own health in the preceding 12 months were asked whether they waited longer than they felt was acceptable to get an appointment with a medical specialist.
The numerator refers to waiting time for most recent appointment with a medical specialist in the last 12 months.
The numerator was calculated as the sum of calibrated sample weights for persons who felt they waited longer than acceptable for an appointment and who were enumerated within the particular Medicare local catchment. Population is limited to persons aged 15 years and over.
The denominator was calculated as the sum of calibrated sample weights for persons aged 15 years and over who were enumerated within the Medicare Local catchment.
Person level survey weights were calibrated to independent estimates of the population of interest, referred to as 'benchmarks'. Weights calibrated against population benchmarks ensure that the survey estimates conform to independently estimated distributions of the population, rather than to the distribution within the sample itself. These benchmarks account for the distribution of people across state and territory, age group, and sex categories. Note: These benchmarks have not been calibrated for Medicare Local geography.
Analysis by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of the person.
The measure is presented as a percentage.
95% confidence intervals and relative standard errors are calculated for rates.
National Health Performance Authority developed a suppression protocol to ensure robust reporting of these data at small areas. Data were suppressed based on the following rules:
|Computation:||100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)|
|Numerator:||Number of persons aged 15 years and over who felt they waited longer than acceptable to get an appointment with a medical specialist|
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator:||Total number of persons aged 15 years and over who saw a medical specialist for their own health in the last 12 months.|
|Denominator data elements:|
By Medicare Local catchments and Medicare Local peer groups.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||PAF-Equity of access|
Data source attributes
Australian Bureau of Statistics
|Reporting requirements:||National Health Performance Agreement-Performance and Accountability Framework|
|Organisation responsible for providing data:||Australian Bureau of Statistics|
|Accountability:||National Health Performance Authority|
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||National Health Performance Authority|
|Reference documents:||National Health Performance Agreement-Performance and Accountability Framework|
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