National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Waiting times for urgent GP appointments, 2012–13
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Waiting times for urgent GP appointments, 2012–13|
|Description:||Percentage of adults who waited longer or equal to four hours to get an appointment with a GP 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 2012–13 who felt they waited longer than four hours to get an urgent appointment with a GP.
The numerator was calculated as the sum of calibrated sample weights for adults who responded that they waited longer than four hours to get an urgent appointment with a GP in last 12 months 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 waited longer than four hours to get an urgent appointment with a GP for their own health in the last 12 months (excluding proxy interviews) 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. These benchmarks have not been calibrated for Medicare Local geography.
Presented as a percentage.
95% confidence intervals and relative standard errors calculated for rates.
The National Health Performance Authority developed a suppression protocol to ensure robust reporting of these data at small areas.
1. For a dichotomous proportion, Relative Standard Error can be defined as the ratio of the standard error and the minimum of the estimate and its complement (100%–estimate).
2. In this context, marginal is defined as within 10% of the 30% limit, or +/- 3%
3. In this context, statistical significance is defined as at least two standard deviations above average.
|Computation:||100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)|
|Numerator:||Number of persons who reported they waited longer than four hours to get an urgent appointment with a GP in the last 12 months.|
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator:||Total number of persons aged 15 years and over who saw a GP for their own urgent care 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-Effectiveness of access|
Data source attributes
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
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
|Reference documents:||National Health Performance Authority-Performance and Accountability Framework|
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