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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 30a–Elapsed time for aged care services: residential aged care, 2021

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 30a–Elapsed time for aged care services: residential aged care, 2021
METeOR identifier:Help on this term727524
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 19/11/2020
Description:Help on this term

The elapsed time between an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) approval and entry into a residential aged care service.

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2021) Health, Standard 19/11/2020
Outcome area:Help on this termAged Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

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.

 

Computation:Help on this term

100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator) calculated separately for each service type and elapsed time period.

Numerator:Help on this term

Number of aged care recipients who first commence a service within elapsed time periods during the financial year.

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—ACAT approval date


Data Source
Australian Government Department of Health's Ageing and Aged Care data warehouse
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—service commencement date


Data Source
Australian Government Department of Health's Ageing and Aged Care data warehouse
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—first admission indicator


Data Source
Australian Government Department of Health's Ageing and Aged Care data warehouse
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Denominator:Help on this term

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:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—service commencement date


Data Source
Australian Government Department of Health's Ageing and Aged Care data warehouse
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—first admission indicator


Data Source
Australian Government Department of Health's Ageing and Aged Care data warehouse
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Disaggregation:Help on this term

2019–20—State and territory, by:

  • Indigenous status
  • remoteness (Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Structure)
  • 2016 Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles

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:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—area of usual residence


Data Source
Australian Government Department of Health's Ageing and Aged Care data warehouse
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data

Used for disaggregation by state/territory, remoteness and SEIFA


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Aged care recipient—Indigenous status


Data Source
Australian Government Department of Health's Ageing and Aged Care data warehouse
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetData Element

 Establishment—geographical location


Data Source
Australian Government Department of Health's Ageing and Aged Care data warehouse
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data

Used for disaggregation by state/territory for residential aged care residents.


Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for 2021 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2019–20.

Administrative data on waiting time for residential aged care is not available in the Australian Government Department of Health's Ageing and Aged Care data warehouse.

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:

  • care placement offers that are not accepted
  • the availability of alternative community care, informal care and respite services
  • variations in care fee regimes that influence client choice of preferred service
  • building quality and perceptions about quality of care that influence client choice of preferred service
  • obtaining approval for care for use in the future, without intending to accept the care offer in the short term.

'Elapsed time for aged care services' and 'waiting time for aged care services' are distinct but related concepts.

  • Elapsed time is the time in days between when a person is approved for aged care service by an ACAT delegate and when they are assigned the care type applicable to that particular approval. It is not necessarily representative of 'waiting time' as client choice may play a part, e.g. a person may choose to explore alternative care options when the care type they are approved for may already be available, or they may simply choose not to take up that care at that time.
  • Waiting time for aged care services is the period between a person choosing to take up a care type that they cannot immediately access and them commencing the receipt of that care. Waiting time may therefore only be a portion of total elapsed time to enter aged care.

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).

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
Format:Help on this term

N[NN].N

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceAustralian Government Department of Health's Ageing and Aged Care data warehouse
Frequency
Ongoing
Data custodian

 Australian Government Department of Health


Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this term

National Healthcare Agreement

Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Further data development / collection required:Help on this term

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.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

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

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