Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Indicator type:||Progress measure|
|Short name:||PI 12–Waiting times for GPs, 2021|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 03/07/2020|
Length of time a person needs to wait to see a general practitioner (GP) for urgent medical care.
|Indicator set:||National Healthcare Agreement (2021) Health, Standardisation pending 03/08/2020|
|Outcome area:||Primary and Community Health Health, Standard 07/07/2010|
Collection and usage attributes
|Population group age from:|
The interpretation of ‘urgent medical care’ was left to the respondent.
Numerator refers to waiting time for most recent urgent appointment with a GP in the last 12 months.
Population is limited to persons aged 15 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.
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).
Number of persons aged 15 and over who reported seeing a GP for urgent medical care (for their own health) within specified waiting time categories.
|Numerator data elements:|
Total number of persons aged 15 and over who reported seeing a GP for urgent medical care (for their own health) in the last 12 months.
|Denominator data elements:|
2019–20—State and territory, by waiting time category.
2019–20—State and territory, by waiting time category, by:
2019–20—Nationally, by waiting time category, by (all not reported):
2019–20—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:|
Most recent data available for the 2021 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2019–20 (total population: PEx); 2018–19 (Indigenous only: NATSIHS).
Non-Indigenous data from the Patient Experience Survey (PEx) may not be directly comparable with data for Indigenous people from the NATSIHS 2018–19.
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).
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Accessibility|
Data source attributes
National Healthcare Agreement
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Bureau of Statistics
|Further data development / collection required:|
Specification: Final, the measure meets the intention of the indicator.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Bureau of Statistics
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12–Waiting times for GPs, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19–Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2021 Health, Standard 16/09/2020
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion seen on time, 2021 Health, Standard 16/09/2020
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 32–Patient satisfaction/experience, 2021 Health, Standard 03/07/2020
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 33–Full time equivalent employed health practitioners per 1,000 population (by age group), 2021 Health, Standard 16/09/2020