National Healthcare Agreement: PI 13-Waiting times for public dentistry, 2016 QS
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Quality Statement|
|Registration status:||Health, Superseded 31/01/2017|
|Indicators linked to this Quality statement:|
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 13–Waiting times for public dentistry, 2016 Health, Superseded 31/01/2017
|Quality statement summary:|
This indicator is being reported for the first time (for 2013–14 and 2014–15) drawing on data collated under an agreement to report against the Public Dental Waiting Times (PDWT) National Minimum Data Set (NMDS).
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia’s health and welfare. It is an independent corporate Commonwealth entity governed by a management board, and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Health portfolio.
The AIHW aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through better health and welfare information and statistics. It collects and reports information on a wide range of topics and issues, ranging from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury, and mental health, to ageing, homelessness, disability and child protection.
The reference period for these data is 2013–14 and 2014–15.
The AIHW will publish data from this collection on the AIHW website at www.aihw.gov.au
Metadata information for the PDWT NMDS is published in the AIHW’s Metadata Online Registry (METeOR) and the National health data dictionary.
METeOR and the National health data dictionary can be accessed at the following AIHW web addresses, respectively:
The purpose of the PDWT NMDS is to collect information about the length of time that patients wait for public dental care in Australia. The scope of the NMDS is people who received or were offered public dental care, in the reporting period, in Australia.
The data collection excludes people who are treated under jurisdictional priority client schemes, and may also exclude some other people who are not placed on a public dental waiting list. Therefore, the waiting times reported are not the median waiting times experienced by all people aged 18 years or over who received public dental services.
The analyses by remoteness and socioeconomic status are based on the usual residence of the patient. However, data are reported by jurisdiction of receipt of dental care regardless of the jurisdiction of usual residence.
For 2013–14 and 2014–15, data are published for all jurisdictions except New South Wales and Northern Territory.
Data providers are primarily responsible for the quality of the data they provide. However, the AIHW has undertaken basic validation of the data. The AIHW does not adjust data to account for possible data errors or missing or incorrect values, however, data were excluded from waiting times calculations where:
Waiting times of zero days are included in the analysis.
Only treatments received after a person is removed from a public dental waiting list should be recorded.
Some double counting may occur in this collection due an inability to link cases where:
2013–14 was the first year of collection of national public dental waiting times data under the agreement to collect PDWT NMDS data.
In relation to the ability to compare data over time, and between jurisdictions:
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 13-Waiting times for public dentistry, 2015 QS Health, Superseded 08/07/2016
Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 13-Waiting times for public dentistry, 2017 QS Health, Superseded 30/01/2018