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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 13-Waiting times for public dentistry, 2014

Identifying and definitional attributes

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, 2014
METeOR identifier:Help on this term517658
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 14/01/2015
Description:Help on this term

Waiting time between being placed on a public dentistry waiting list and being seen by a dental professional.

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2014) Health, Superseded 14/01/2015
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Healthcare Agreement: PI 13-Waiting times for public dentistry (Patient Experience Survey), 2014 QS Health, Superseded 14/01/2015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 Socioeconomic 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 two waiting time categories (less than one month, one month or more).
Numerator:Help on this term

(a) Number of persons aged 15 years and over who reported being on a public dental waiting list who reported seeing a dental professional at a government dental clinic (for their own health) within specified waiting time categories.  (Excludes urgent dental care).

(b) Number of persons aged 15 years and over who reported seeing a dental professional at a government dental clinic in the last 12 months for non-urgent treatment by specified waiting time categories.
Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Persons who reported being on a public dental waiting list who reported seeing a dental professional at a government dental clinic (for their own health)
Data Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Persons who reported seeing a dental professional at a government dental clinic in the last 12 months for non-urgent treatment
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Denominator:Help on this term

(a) Number of persons aged 15 years and over who reported being on a public dental waiting list (for their own health) in the last 12 months.

(b) Number of persons aged 15 years and over who reported seeing a dental professional at a government dental clinic in the last 12 months.
Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
People who reported being on a public dental waiting list (for their own health) in the last 12 months
Data Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
People who reported seeing a dental professional at a government clinic in the last 12 months
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Disaggregation:Help on this term

2012–13—Nationally, by measure (a) by waiting time category, by:

  • 2011 Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles
  • remoteness (Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Structure)

2012–13—State and territory, by measure (a) by waiting time category.

2012–13—Nationally (non-remote areas of Australia only), by measure (b) by waiting time category by:

  • Indigenous status (Indigenous only) by remoteness (ASGS Remoteness Structure)

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9)
Data Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey

Used for disaggregation by state/territory, remoteness and SEIFA IRSD


Data Element / Data SetPerson—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9)
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey

Used for disaggregations by state/territory, remoteness and SEIFA IRSD


Data Element / Data SetData Element
Specified waiting time categories
Data Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Specified waiting time categories
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for the 2014 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council (CRC) report: 2012–13 (total population: PEx; Indigenous: AATSIHS).

Non-Indigenous data from PEx may not be directly comparable with data for Indigenous people from AATSIHS.

Indigenous data for the 2014 CRC report is sourced from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) component of the AATSIHS.

In the Patient Experience Survey of 2011/12, waiting times referred only to those who had seen a dental professional at a government dental clinic. These data were used for the 2013 reporting cycle. In 2012/13, the question was expanded to all those who had been put on a waiting list for a government dental clinic and these data are reported in the 2014 reporting cycle. Neither of these options include the possibility of using other services that have been outsourced by a government process. 

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



Data SourceABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13
Frequency
Every 6 years
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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See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 13-Waiting times for public dentistry (Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey), 2014 QS Health, Standard 12/01/2015

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 13-Waiting times for public dentistry, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 13-Waiting times for public dentistry, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 32-Patient satisfaction/experience, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

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