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National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Satisfaction with waiting times for medical specialist, 2011–12

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this term Waiting times for medical specialists, 2011–12
METeOR identifier:Help on this term547997
Registration status:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Description:Help on this termPercentage of adults referred to a medical specialist who felt they waited longer than acceptable to get an appointment with a medical specialist in the preceding 12 months.
Indicator set:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority: Healthy Communities: 2011– National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

Collection and usage attributes

Population group age from:Help on this termFor this indicator an adult is defined as a person aged 15 years and over
Computation description:Help on this term

Participants in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Patient Experience Survey 2011–12 who received a written referral to a medical specialist for their own health in the preceding 12 months were asked whether they waited longer than they felt was acceptable to get an appointment with a medical specialist.

The numerator refers to waiting time for most recent appointment with a medical specialist in the last 12 months.

The numerator was calculated as the sum of calibrated sample weights for persons who felt they waited longer than acceptable for an appointment 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 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. Note: These benchmarks have not been calibrated for Medicare Local geography.

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

The measure is presented as a percentage. 

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

National Health Performance Authority developed a suppression protocol to ensure robust reporting of these data at small areas. Data were suppressed based on the following rules:

  • All point estimate percentages had a confidence interval width less than 20 percentage points.
  • Point estimate percentages between 5% and 15% or between 85% and 95% were only included if their confidence interval width was less than 15 percentage points.
  • Point estimate percentages that were less than or equal to 5% or greater than or equal to 95% were included if the confidence interval width was less than 10 percentage points.
  • In addition to these constraints, five Medicare Local catchment areas were identified as having a small sample and potentially less robust estimates. These were Far West NSW, Great South Coast (Vic), Local Murray (Vic/NSW), Central and North West Queensland and Kimberley-Pilbara(WA). Point estimate percentages were only included where the confidence interval width was less than 10 percentage points.
Computation:Help on this term100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator) 
Numerator:Help on this termNumber of persons aged 15 years and over who felt they waited longer than acceptable to get an appointment with a medical specialist
Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—age, total years N[NN]
Data Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Guide for use
Date source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetPerson—medical specialist waiting time dissatisfaction indicator, yes/no code N
Data Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Guide for use
Date source type: Survey
Denominator:Help on this termTotal number of persons aged 15 years and over who saw a medical specialist for their own health in the last 12 months.
Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—age, total years N[NN]
Data Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetPerson—medical specialist service contact, yes/no code N
Data Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Disaggregation:Help on this term

By Medicare Local catchments and Medicare Local peer groups.

Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetAdministrative health region—Medicare Local identifier, code AANNN
Data Element / Data SetAdministrative health region—Medicare Local peer group, code N

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 termPAF-Equity of access

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 Health Performance Agreement-Performance and Accountability Framework
Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics
Accountability:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority
Origin:Help on this term
Healthy Communities
Reference documents:Help on this termNational Health Performance Agreement-Performance and Accountability Framework
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