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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12-Waiting times for GPs, 2015

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 12-Waiting times for GPs, 2015
METeOR identifier:Help on this term559044
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 08/07/2016
Description:Help on this termLength of time a person needs to wait to see a GP for an urgent appointment.
Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2015) Health, Superseded 08/07/2016
Outcome area:Help on this termPrimary and Community Health Health, Standard 07/07/2010
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: PI 12-Waiting times for GPs, 2015 QS Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

Collection and usage attributes

Population group age from:Help on this term15 years
Computation description:Help on this term

The interpretation of ‘urgent medical care’ was left to the respondent.

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

Population is limited to persons aged 15 years and over.

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 calculated for rates.

Computation:Help on this term100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator) calculated separately for each waiting time category (within 4 hours; 4 hours or more but within 24 hours; and 24 hours or more).
Numerator:Help on this termNumber of persons who reported seeing a GP for urgent medical care (for their own health) within specified waiting time categories.
Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
People who reported seeing a GP for urgent medical care (for their own health)
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 Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey

Waiting time categories are: within 4 hours; more than 4 hours but within 24 hours; and more than 24 hours.
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in non-remote areas who reported seeing a GP for urgent medical care (for their own health)
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012–13 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey component)
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 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—age, total years N[NN]
Data Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—age, total years N[NN]
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012–13 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Denominator:Help on this termTotal number of persons aged 15 years and over who reported seeing a GP for urgent medical care (for their own health) in the last 12 months.
Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
People who reported seeing a GP for urgent medical care (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
Person—age, total years N[NN]
Data Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in non-remote areas who reported seeing a GP for urgent medical care (for their own health) in the last 12 months
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012–13 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—age, total years N[NN]
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012–13 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Disaggregation:Help on this term

2012–13 (resupplied for crude rate data), 2013–14—State and territory, by waiting time category, by:

  • remoteness (Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Structure) (major cities, other)

2012–13 (resupplied for crude rate data), 2013–14—Nationally, by waiting time category, by:

  • sex
  • 2011 Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles
  • remoteness (Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Structure) (major cities, inner regional, outer regional, remote/very remote)

2012–13 (resupplied for crude rate data), 2013–14—State and territory (non-remote areas of Australia only), by waiting time category, by sex.

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—area of usual residence
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 SetData Element
Person—area of usual residence
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012–13 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey component)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey

Used for disaggregation by state/territory
Data Element / Data SetPerson—sex, code N
Data Source
ABS Patient Experience Survey (PEx)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for the 2015 National Healthcare Agreement (NHA) performance reporting: 2013–14 (total population: PEx); 2012–13 (Indigenous only: AATSIHS).

Note, in terms of time series for this indicator, 2011–12 data are comparable to 2012–13. However, 2012–13 data may not be comparable to 2013–14 (as the position in the survey instrument has changed). The ABS will assess this further when the 2013–14 data is available.

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 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey component)
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 termSpecification: Final, the measure meets the intention of the indicator.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12-Waiting times for GPs, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12–Waiting times for GPs, 2016 Health, Superseded 31/01/2017

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19-Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a-Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 32-Patient satisfaction/experience, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 33-Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

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