National Healthcare Agreement: PI 30a–Elapsed time for aged care services: residential aged care, 2021
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Indicator type:||Progress measure|
|Short name:||PI 30a–Elapsed time for aged care services: residential aged care, 2021|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 19/11/2020|
The elapsed time between an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) approval and entry into a residential aged care service.
|Indicator set:||National Healthcare Agreement (2021) Health, Standard 19/11/2020|
|Outcome area:||Aged Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010|
Collection and usage attributes
Elapsed time for aged care services: residential aged care is calculated by subtracting the date at which the person enters residential aged care from the approval date of the most recent ACAT assessment.
Data for residential care only includes permanent age care 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, and 9 months and over.
Presented as percentages of people admitted by length of the elapsed time period and service type.
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.
|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:|
2019–20—State and territory, by:
2019–2020—Nationally, by 2016 SEIFA IRSD deciles (not reported).
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 SEIFA is based on the recipient's postcode at time of assessment.
Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Most recent data available for 2021 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2019–20.
This indicator needs to be interpreted with care. The measure of 'elapsed time' is described because the period between entry into residential aged care and the ACAT approval may be due to factors, which cannot be categorised as 'waiting' time. These include:
To access Australian Government subsidised residential aged care or home care packages, a person must undergo an Aged Care Assessment and be found eligible ('approved') for that care type. 'Approval' specifically is an administrative step in the assessment process, granted by a specified delegate in the assessment workforce and following a comprehensive, preferably face-to-face assessment of the client and their 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:|
Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 30a–Elapsed time for aged care services: residential aged care, 2022 Health, Standardisation pending 20/07/2021
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 30b–Elapsed time for aged care services: home care packages, 2021 Health, Standard 19/11/2020
Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 30–Elapsed time for aged care services, 2020 Health, Standard 16/01/2020