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Service Agreement - Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania: 2012, KPI24-Average overdue wait time (in days) for those who have waited beyond the elective surgery recommended time, 2012

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termAverage overdue wait time for those who have waited beyond the elective surgery recommended time (days)
METeOR identifier:Help on this term484458
Registration status:Help on this termTasmanian Health, Archived 09/12/2016
Description:Help on this term

This indicator measures the average number of days that elective surgery patients are waiting in each clinical priority category that has exceeded the recommended waiting time for each clinical priority category.

Indicator set:Help on this termService Agreement - Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania: 2012 Tasmanian Health, Archived 12/12/2016
Outcome area:Help on this termElective surgery access Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 07/12/2016

Collection and usage attributes

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The definitions applied are consistent with the national definitions used for reporting against the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services. The average overdue wait time (in days) is calculated by adding the total number of overdue days in each urgency category that have exceeded the recommended number of days and dividing this by the total number of overdue patients in each urgency category.

For example: An urgency category 1 patient has waited for 40 days.  As the recommended waiting time for category 1 patients is 30 days, the number of overdue days used to calculate this indicator is 10 days.

Indicator procedures as defined in the Tasmanian wait list procedure code (TWLPC) set and specify which procedures are included in the calculation of this indicator in accordance with national definitions.

The indicator is calculated separately for each of the three urgency categories and presented as an average (days).

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Numerator ÷ Denominator

Calculated separately for each urgency category

Numerator:Help on this termTotal number of overdue days in each urgency category
Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetElective care waiting list episode—patient listing status, Tasmanian code N
Guide for use

Data is obtained from the [SuspendedFlag] field in Health Central and only patients 'ready for care' are to be included for the calculation of this indicator.


Data Element / Data SetHospital census (of elective surgery waitlist patients)—census date, DDMMYYYY
Guide for use
It is the end of the reporting month unless otherwise specified.
Data Element / Data SetElective surgery waiting list episode—intended procedure, waiting list procedure (Tasmanian TWLPC) code NN[N]
Guide for use

Data is obtained from the [PlannedPrimaryProcedureCodeId] field in Health Central.

Patients awaiting the following procedures are out of the scope for elective surgery reporting:

Code Description
32 Colonoscopy (non surgical)
88 Cosmetic including - circumcision, varicose veins, mammoplasty, tattoo removal, abdominoplasty, wher
113 Bronchoscopy
128 Wisdom teeth removal
129 Other dental procedures
320 Colonoscopy (Bowel Cancer Screening Program)
321 Direct access colonoscopy (Bowel Cancer Screening Program)
322 Direct access colonoscopy non surgical
323 Direct access upper GI endoscopy  
324 Direct access gastroscopy and colonoscopy
325 EUS Endoscopy ultrasound
326 Chemotherapy
327 Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
328 In fusion
505 LUSCS
506 Other obstetrics
777 Emergency surgery
990 Gastroscopy & colonoscopy
998 Upper GI endoscopy
999 Non surgical treatment


Data Element / Data SetPerson—person identifier, identifier (Tasmanian) N(9)
Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—organisation identifier, (Tasmanian) identifier NNNN
Data Element / Data SetElective care waiting list episode—waiting time (at a census date), total days N[NNN]
Guide for use

Data is obtained from the [TotalWaitingDays] field in Health Central.

This data element is used to calculate the number of overdue days which is calculated by subtracting the number of the total waiting days minus the desirable treatment times in each urgency category.


Data Element / Data SetElective care waiting list episode—clinical urgency, code X[AXAA]
Guide for use

Data is obtained from the [CurrentPriorityCode] field in Health Central.


Denominator:Help on this termTotal number of overdue patients in each urgency category
Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetElective care waiting list episode—clinical urgency, code X[AXAA]
Guide for use

Data is obtained from the [CurrentPriorityCode] field in Health Central.


Data Element / Data SetElective care waiting list episode—patient listing status, Tasmanian code N
Guide for use

Data is obtained from the [SuspendedFlag] field in Health Central and only patients 'ready for care' are to be included for the calculation of this indicator.


Data Element / Data SetHospital census (of elective surgery waitlist patients)—census date, DDMMYYYY
Guide for use
It is the end of the reporting month unless otherwise specified.
Data Element / Data SetElective surgery waiting list episode—intended procedure, waiting list procedure (Tasmanian TWLPC) code NN[N]
Guide for use

Data is obtained from the [PlannedPrimaryProcedureCodeId] field in Health Central.

Patients awaiting the following procedures are out of the scope for elective surgery reporting:

Code Description
32 Colonoscopy (non surgical)
88 Cosmetic including - circumcision, varicose veins, mammoplasty, tattoo removal, abdominoplasty, wher
113 Bronchoscopy
128 Wisdom teeth removal
129 Other dental procedures
320 Colonoscopy (Bowel Cancer Screening Program)
321 Direct access colonoscopy (Bowel Cancer Screening Program)
322 Direct access colonoscopy non surgical
323 Direct access upper GI endoscopy  
324 Direct access gastroscopy and colonoscopy
505 LUSCS
506 Other obstetrics
777 Emergency surgery
990 Gastroscopy & colonoscopy
998 Upper GI endoscopy
999 Non surgical treatment


Data Element / Data SetPerson—person identifier, identifier (Tasmanian) N(9)
Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—organisation identifier, (Tasmanian) identifier NNNN
Disaggregation:Help on this termSpecified disaggregation: Hospital.
Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—organisation identifier, (Tasmanian) identifier NNNN

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termMean (average)
Data type:Help on this termPoint in time
Unit of measure:Help on this termTime (e.g. days, hours)
Format:Help on this termNNN.NN

Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this term
  • 2012-13 Service Agreement 
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