National Healthcare Agreement: PI 30–Elapsed time for aged care services, 2019
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Indicator type:||Progress measure|
|Short name:||PI 30–Elapsed time for aged care services, 2019|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 19/06/2019|
The elapsed time between an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) approval and entry into a residential aged care service or commencement of a Home Care Package.
|Indicator set:||National Healthcare Agreement (2019) Health, Standard 19/06/2019|
|Outcome area:||Aged Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010|
Collection and usage attributes
ACAT approval refers to the approval date of the most recent ACAT assessment prior to admission into residential care or commencement of a Home Care Package.
Service type: Residential care; Home Care Package—levels 1–2; Home Care Package—levels 3–4.
Data for residential care only includes permanent residents.
Elapsed time period: within 2 days or less, 7 days or less, less than 1 month, less than 3 months, less than 9 months.
Analysis of Indigenous status is by self-reported indication on the associated last ACAT assessment record made before entry into aged care.
Disaggregation by state and territory is based on the location of the aged care service.
Disaggregation by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is based on the recipient's postcode at time of assessment.
100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator) calculated separately for each service type and elapsed time period.
Number of aged care recipients who first commence a service within elapsed time periods during the financial year, excluding those whose ACAT approval was on or after commencement in a service.
|Numerator data elements:|
Total number of aged care recipients who first commence a service during the financial year, excluding those whose ACAT approval was on or after commencement in a service.
|Denominator data elements:|
2017–18—State and territory, by service type, by:
2017–18—Nationally by service type, by 2011 SEIFA IRSD deciles (not reported).
Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Most recent data available for 2019 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2017–18.
This indicator needs to be interpreted with care. The measure of 'elapsed time' is so-described because the period of time between entry into residential aged care or commencement of a Home Care Package and the ACAT approval may be due to factors which cannot be categorised as 'waiting' time. These include:
From 1 August 2013, the new Home Care Packages Programme commenced, replacing the previous Community Aged Care Packages (CACP), Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACHD) packages. Reporting for Home Care Packages is initially by 2 broad groups of packages—levels 1–2 and levels 3–4—due to the relatively small numbers of initial recipients of Home Care Package levels 1 and 3. Level 1 packages support people with basic care needs; level 2 packages support people with low level care needs; level 3 supports people with intermediate care needs; level 4 supports people with high level care needs.
From 1 July 2014, as part of Australian Government reforms to the aged care system, the distinction between low care and high care was removed for permanent residential aged care. Therefore, residential care data from 2014–15 onwards will be reported for total residential care only. (Residential care data for previous years was reported disaggregated by low care and high care).
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Data source attributes
National Healthcare Agreement
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
|Further data development / collection required:|
Specification: Minor work required, the measure needs minor work to meet the intention of the indicator.
Consideration to be given to collect "reason for delayed uptake" where elapsed time is greater than 3 months.
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 30–Elapsed time for aged care services, 2018 Health, Superseded 19/06/2019