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Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.3–Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion admitted within clinically recommended time, 2020

Identifying and definitional attributes

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Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termAHPF PI 2.5.3–Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion seen on time, 2020
METeOR identifier:Help on this term728361
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 13/10/2021
Description:Help on this term

The percentage of patients removed from elective surgery waiting lists who received surgery within the clinically recommended time, by urgency category, in public hospitals.

Indicator set:Help on this termAustralian Health Performance Framework, 2020 Health, Standardisation pending 30/07/2021

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

Elective surgery as defined in the National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection (NESWTDC).

The NESWTDC includes data collected for patients on elective surgery waiting lists managed by public acute hospitals and/or state and territory health authorities, who are yet to be admitted to hospital and for patients who have been removed from an elective surgery waiting list (for admission or another reason). The NESWTDC includes the date the patient is listed for care and the date the patient is removed from the elective surgery waiting list (removal date).

Waiting time is 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:

  1. Admitted as an elective patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory.
  2. Admitted as an emergency patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory.

For the purposes of reporting, patients are reported as the final urgency category they were when treated. When a patient's urgency category changes, the patient’s waiting time at removal is calculated as per the Guide for use for Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time at removal, total days N[NNN].

Analysis by state and territory based on location of service.

Presented as a percentage.

Computation:Help on this term

100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)

Numerator:Help on this term

Number of patients removed from elective surgery waiting lists who received surgery within the clinically recommended time.

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetElective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at removal), total days N[NNN]
Data Source
National elective surgery waiting times data collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2019–20
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetElective surgery waiting list episode—reason for removal from a waiting list, code N
Data Source
National elective surgery waiting times data collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2019–20
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Denominator:Help on this term

Number of patients who received elective surgery.

Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetElective surgery waiting list episode—reason for removal from a waiting list, code N
Data Source
National elective surgery waiting times data collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2019–20
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Disaggregation:Help on this term

2019–20—State and territory, by urgency category.

Local Hospital Network, by urgency category (not reported).

Hospital, by urgency category (not reported).

Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNN
Data Source
National elective surgery waiting times data collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2019–20
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Used for disaggregation by state/territory and Local Hospital Network.


Data Element / Data SetElective surgery waiting list episode—clinical urgency, code N
Data Source
National elective surgery waiting times data collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2019–20
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for 2020 Australian Health Performance Framework reporting: 2019–20.

The scope of the indicator is all hospitals reporting to the National elective surgery waiting times data collection. It includes episode-level data on patients added to or removed from waiting lists for elective surgery which are managed by public hospitals.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
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N[NN].N

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this term5. Accessibility

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceNational elective surgery waiting times data collection
Data custodian

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this term

Australian Health Performance Framework

Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

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See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.2–Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2020 Health, Standard 13/10/2021

Supersedes 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, 2020 Health, Standard 13/10/2021

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 20a–Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2022 Health, Standard 24/09/2021

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20b–Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion seen on time, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20b–Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion seen on time, 2022 Health, Standard 24/09/2021

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