Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||AHPF PI 2.5.2–Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2019|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 09/04/2020|
The median and 90th percentile length of time, in days, waited by patients for admission for elective surgery, in public hospitals.
|Indicator set:||Australian Health Performance Framework, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020|
Collection and usage attributes
Elective surgery as defined in the National elective surgery waiting times data collection.
Selected intended procedures are as defined in permissible values 001 to 017 in Elective surgery waiting list episode—intended procedure, code NNN.
Waiting time as defined in Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at removal), total days N[NNN]. Calculated by jurisdictions by subtracting the listing date for care from the removal date, minus any days the patient was waiting with a less urgent clinical urgency category than their clinical urgency category at removal, and excluding days where the patient was not ready for care.
Waiting times are calculated for patients whose reason for removal was:
Analysis by state and territory based on location of service.
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 number of days.
Number of days waited at 50th and 90th percentile.
Calculated overall and for each intended procedure.
The 50th and 90th percentiles have been rounded to the nearest whole number of days.
The calculation is where:
n is the number of observations and
p is the percentile value divided by 100,
then n × p = i + f (where i is an integer and f is the fractional part of n × p).
If n × p is an integer, the percentile value will correspond to the average of the values for the ith and (i+1)th observations.
If n × p is not an integer, the percentile value will correspond to the value for the (i+1)th observation.
|Numerator data elements:|
2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19—National.
Nationally, by (all not reported):
Nationally, by intended procedure, by (all not reported):
2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19—State and territory.
2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016-17, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19—State and territory by urgency category (median only).
State and territory, by (all not reported):
State and territory, by intended procedure, by (all not reported):
Local Hospital Network, by (all not reported):
Hospital, by (all not reported):
Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.
Disaggregation by peer group uses the peer group classification as described in the AIHW publication Australian hospital peer groups (AIHW 2015).
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Most recent data available for 2019 Australian Health Performance Framework reporting: 2018–19.
Intended procedures are a subset of all procedures. In 2017–18, approximately 65% of removals did not fall into one of the selected intended procedures.
For 2018–19 data, the 2016 SEIFA IRSD quintile and decile data will be produced using the Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2016 geographical unit of Statistical Area Level 2.
The scope of the National elective surgery waiting times data collection is patients on, or removed from, waiting lists for elective surgery which are managed by public acute hospitals.
|Unit of measure:||Time (e.g. days, hours)|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||5. Accessibility|
Data source attributes
Australian Health Performance Framework
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
AIHW 2015. Australian hospital peer groups. Health services series no. 66. Cat. no. HSE 170. Canberra: AIHW.
|Related metadata references:|
See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.3–Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion admitted within clinically recommended time, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020
See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.4–Waiting times for elective surgery: percentage waited more than 365 days, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20a–Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20b–Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion seen on time, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020