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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 13-Waiting times for public dentistry, 2013

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Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 13-Waiting times for public dentistry, 2013
METeOR identifier:Help on this term497262
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 30/04/2014
Description:Help on this term

Length of time a person waits to see a dental professional at a public government dental clinic.

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2013) Health, Superseded 30/04/2014
Outcome area:Help on this termPrimary and Community Health Health, Standard 07/07/2010
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: PI 13-Waiting times for public dentistry, 2013 QS Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

Numerator refers to waiting time for most recent appointment with a government dental professional in the last 12 months.

Excludes treatment for urgent dental care.

Population is limited to persons aged 15 years and over.

Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.

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 a percentage.

95% confidence intervals and relative standard errors are calculated for rates.

Computation:Help on this term100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator) calculated separately for each waiting time category (within 2 weeks; 2 weeks to less than 1 month; 1 month to less than 6 months; 6 months to less than 1 year; 1 year or more years).
Numerator:Help on this termNumber of persons aged 15 years and over who reported seeing a dental professional at a government dental clinic within specified waiting time categories (excluding for urgent dental care).
Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Denominator:Help on this termTotal number of persons aged 15 years and over who reported seeing a dental professional at a government dental clinic in the last 12 months (excluding for urgent dental care).
Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Disaggregation:Help on this term

2011-12—Nationally, by waiting time category, by:

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

2011-12—State and territory, by waiting time category.

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Comments:Help on this term

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

In the Patient Experience Survey of 2011-12, waiting times refer only to those who had seen a dental professional at a government dental clinic. These data will be used for the 2013 reporting cycle. In 2012-13, the question is expanded to all those who had been put on a waiting list for a government dental clinic and will be reported in 2014. Neither of these options include the possibility of using other services that have been outsourced by a government process. Testing of questions to collect this information is about to be undertaken for the 2013-14 cycle of the Patient Experience Survey.

The ABS Patient Experience Survey is being used as an interim data source for this indicator, while a Public dental waiting times NMDS is developed. The first data available from the new NMDS is expected to be in respect of the 2013-14 financial year.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
Format:Help on this termN[NN].N

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termAccessibility

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Frequency
Annual
Data custodian

Australian Bureau of Statistics


Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement
Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics
Further data development / collection required:Help on this term

Specification: Minor work required, the measure needs minor work to meet the intention of the indicator. Proxy measure.

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 13-Waiting times for public dentistry, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 15-Waiting times for public dentistry, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013

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

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