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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20a-Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2013

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 20a-Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2013
METeOR identifier:Help on this term497219
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 30/04/2014
Description:Help on this termMedian and 90th percentile waiting times for elective surgery in public hospitals, including by indicator procedure.
Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2013) Health, Superseded 30/04/2014
Outcome area:Help on this termHospital and Related Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: PI 20a-Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting time in days, 2013 QS Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

Elective surgery as defined in the National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection.

Indicator procedure as defined in Elective surgery waiting list episode—indicator procedure, code NN.

Waiting time as defined in Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at removal), total days N[NNN]. Calculated by jurisdictions by subtracting the listing date for care from the removal date, minus any days the patient was waiting with a less urgent clinical urgency category than their clinical urgency category at removal.

Waiting times are calculated for patients whose reason for removal was:

  1. Admitted as an elective patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory.
  2. Admitted as emergency patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory. 

Analysis by state and territory based on location of service.

Analysis by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented as number of days.

Computation:Help on this term

Number of days waited at 50th and 90th percentile.

Calculated overall and for each indicator procedure.

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code N
Data Source
National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
NMDS / DSS
Admitted patient care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetPerson—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]
Data Source
National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
NMDS / DSS
Admitted patient care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNN
Data Source
National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS 2009-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetElective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at removal), total days N[NNN]
Data Source
National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS 2009-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetElective surgery waiting list episode—reason for removal from a waiting list, code N
Data Source
National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS 2009-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetPerson—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]
Data Source
National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS 2009-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Denominator:Help on this termNot applicable
Disaggregation:Help on this term

2011–12—State and territory, by indicator procedure (and total) by:

  • peer group
  • Indigenous status

      2010–11 (revised for peer groups and linkage to the National Hospital Morbidity Database)—State and territory, by indicator procedure (and total):

    • peer group (unlinked data)
    • Indigenous status (linked or unlinked data, depending on data availability and quality)

        2010–11 (revised for peer groups and linkage to the NHMD)—State and territory, by:

      • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure) (linked data)
      • SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles (linked data)

          2010–11 (revised for peer groups and linkage to the NHMD)—Nationally, by:

        • SEIFA IRSD deciles (linked data)

          2010-11 and 2011-12 — Nationally, by indicator procedure, by peer group, by Indigenous status, by remoteness.

            Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

          • Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
            Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNN
            Data Source
            National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
            NMDS / DSS
            Admitted patient care NMDS 2010-11
            Guide for use
            Data source type: Administrative by-product data
            Used for disaggregation by state/territory
            Data Element / Data SetElective surgery waiting list episode—indicator procedure, code NN
            Data Source
            National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
            NMDS / DSS
            Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS 2009-12
            Guide for use
            Data source type: Administrative by-product data
            Data Element / Data SetData Element
            Public hospital peer group
            Data Source
            National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
            NMDS / DSS
            Admitted patient care NMDS 2010-11
            Guide for use
            Data source type: Administrative by-product data
            Data Element / Data SetPerson—area of usual residence, geographical location code (ASGC 2009) NNNNN
            Data Source
            National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
            NMDS / DSS
            Admitted patient care NMDS 2010-11
            Guide for use
            Data source type: Administrative by-product data
            Used for disaggregation by remoteness and SEIFA IRSD
            Data Element / Data SetPerson—Indigenous status, code N
            Data Source
            National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
            NMDS / DSS
            Admitted patient care NMDS 2010-11
            Guide for use
            Data source type: Administrative by-product data
            Comments:Help on this term

            Most recent data available for 2013 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council (CRC) report: 2011–12.

            Indicator procedures are a subset of all procedures, e.g. in 2007–08, approximately 65% of removals did not fall into one of the defined indicator procedures.

            The scope of the National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection is patients removed from waiting lists for elective surgery which are managed by public acute hospitals.

            Representational attributes

            Representation class:Help on this termMedian
            Data type:Help on this termReal
            Unit of measure:Help on this termTime (e.g. days, hours)
            Format:Help on this termN[NN]

            Indicator conceptual framework

            Framework and dimensions:Help on this termAccessibility

            Data source attributes

            Data sources:Help on this term
            Data SourceNational Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
            Frequency
            Annual
            Data custodian

            Australian Institute of Health and Welfare



            Data SourceNational Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
            Frequency
            Annual
            Data custodian

            Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


            Accountability attributes

            Reporting requirements:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement
            Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
            Further data development / collection required:Help on this termSpecification: Final, the measure meets the intention of the indicator.

            Relational attributes

            Related metadata references:Help on this term

            Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20a-Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

            See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 32-Patient satisfaction/experience, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

            Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 34-Waiting times for elective surgery, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013

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