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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12–Waiting times for GPs, 2018

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, 2018
METeOR identifier:Help on this term658511
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 30/01/2018
Description:Help on this term

Length of time a person needs to wait to see a general practitioner (GP) for an urgent appointment.

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2018) Health, Standard 30/01/2018
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, 2018 QS Health, Standard 30/01/2018

Collection and usage attributes

Population group age from:Help on this term

15 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 the person.

Presented as a percentage.

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

Computation:Help on this term

100 × (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 term

Number of persons aged 15 years and over 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 term

Total 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

2016–17—State and territory, by waiting time category.

2016–17—State and territory, by waiting time category, by (not reported):

  • remoteness (Australian Statistical Geography Standard – Edition 2011 – (ASGS) Remoteness Area) (Major cities, other)

2016–17—Nationally, by waiting time category, by (all not reported):

  • sex
  • Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) – 2011 – deciles
  • remoteness (Australian Statistical Geography Standard – Edition 2011 – (ASGS) Remoteness Area) (Major cities, Inner regional, Outer regional, Remote/Very remote)

2016–17—State and territory (non-remote areas of Australia only), by waiting time category, by sex (not reported).

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 2018 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2016–17 (total population: PEx); 2012–13 (Indigenous only: AATSIHS).

Non-indigenous data from the Patient Experience Survey (PEx) may not be directly comparable with data for Indigenous people from the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (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).

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 term

N[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 term

National Healthcare Agreement

Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Further data development / collection required:Help on this term

Specification: Final, the measure meets the intention of the indicator.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12–Waiting times for GPs, 2017 Health, Superseded 30/01/2018

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19–Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2018 Health, Standard 30/01/2018

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2018 Health, Standard 30/01/2018

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 32–Patient satisfaction/experience, 2018 Health, Standard 30/01/2018

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 33–Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2018 Health, Standard 30/01/2018

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