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Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2018-19

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term684521
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 25/01/2018
ACT Health, Final 03/08/2018
DSS type:Help on this termNational Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
Scope:Help on this term

The scope of this national minimum data set (NMDS) is patients on, or removed from, elective surgery waiting lists, as defined in the Elective care waiting list episode—elective care type, code N data element (also known as 'waiting list category'), which are managed by public acute hospitals and/or state and territory health authorities. For those patients admitted to hospital, neither the patient's election status nor the hospital type where the patient is admitted, is material.

From 2016–17 onwards, this NMDS amalgamates the previously separate Elective surgery waiting times (census data) NMDS and Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS.

Data are collected for patients on elective surgery waiting lists who are yet to be admitted to hospital and for patients who have been removed from an elective surgery waiting list (for admission or another reason).

Patients are included regardless of their readiness for care, as defined in the Elective surgery waiting list episode—patient listing status, readiness for surgery code N data element.

Hospitals may also collect information for other care (as defined in the 'waiting list category' data element), but this is not part of the NMDS.

Patients on, or removed from, elective surgery waiting lists managed by hospitals operated by the Australian Defence Force, corrections authorities and Australia's external territories are not included.

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:Help on this term

1. Patients on waiting lists on census dates.

2. Patients removed from waiting lists (for admission or other reason) during each financial year.

Collection methods:Help on this term

Elective care waiting list episode—category reassignment date, DDMMYYYY is not required for reporting to the NMDS, but is necessary for the derivation of both Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at a census date), total days N[NNN] and Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at removal), total days N[NNN].

Elective care waiting list episode—elective care type, code N is not required for reporting to the NMDS, but is necessary for determining whether patients are in scope for the NMDS. These data elements should be collected at the local level and reported to state and territory health authorities as required.

National reporting arrangements:

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collation, on an annual basis.

Periods for which data are collected (all data are nationally collated on an annual basis):

  1. Census data - Census dates are 30 September, 31 December, 31 March and 30 June.
  2. Removals data - Financial years ending 30 June.
Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2018
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2019
Comments:Help on this term

There are two different types of data collected for this NMDS (census data and removals data) and the scope and list of data elements associated with each is different.

For the purposes of this NMDS, public hospitals include hospitals which are set up to provide services for public patients (as public hospitals do), but which are managed privately.

The inclusion of public patients removed from elective surgery waiting lists managed by private hospitals will be investigated in the future.

Glossary items:

Glossary terms that are relevant to this NMDS are included here:

Clinical review

Elective surgery

Emergency surgery

Other surgery

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

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See also Elective care waiting list episode—category reassignment date, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 19/11/2015, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 02/12/2016, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

See also Elective care waiting list episode—elective care type, code N Health, Standard 12/06/2015, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

Supersedes Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2017-18 Health, Standard 05/10/2016

Has been superseded by Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2019–20 Health, Standardisation pending 26/11/2018

Metadata items in this Data Set SpecificationHelp on this term

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Seq No.Help on this termMetadata itemHelp on this term ObligationHelp on this term Max occursHelp on this term
-Elective care waiting list episode—listing date for care, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—clinical urgency, code NMandatory1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—intended procedure, code NNNMandatory1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—overdue patient status, code NMandatory1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—patient listing status, readiness for surgery code NConditional1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—reason for removal from a waiting list, code NConditional1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—surgical specialty (of scheduled doctor), code NNMandatory1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting list removal date, DDMMYYYYConditional1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at a census date), total days N[NNN]Conditional1
-Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at removal), total days N[NNN]Conditional1
-Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNNMandatory1
-Hospital census (of elective surgery waitlist patients)—census date, DDMMYYYYConditional1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
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