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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20b–Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion seen on time, 2022

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 20b–Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion seen on time, 2022
METeOR identifier:Help on this term740843
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 24/09/2021
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.

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2022) Health, Standard 24/09/2021
Outcome area:Help on this termHospital and Related Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

Elective surgery as defined in the Elective Surgery Waiting Times National Minimum Data Set (NMDS).

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 where 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.

The urgency category at the time of admission from the waiting list is reported. If the assigned urgency category changes, the 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 2020–21
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 2020–21
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 2020–21
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Disaggregation:Help on this term

State and territory, by:

  • clinical urgency,
  • Indigenous status.
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 2020–21
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Used for disaggregation by state/territory


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 2020–21
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetPerson—Indigenous status, code N
Data Source
National elective surgery waiting times data collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times NMDS 2020–21
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Comments:Help on this term

NO DATA FOR 2022 REPORTING.

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.

Further details about waiting times for Indigenous Australians are available from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (measure 3.14: Access to services compared with need).

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

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termAccessibility

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

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.

Source and reference attributes

Reference documents:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2020. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 19 February 2021, https://indigenoushpf.gov.au/

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

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

See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.3–Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion admitted within clinically recommended time, 2020 Health, Standard 13/10/2021

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, 2022 Health, Standard 24/09/2021

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20b–Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion seen on time, 2021 Health, Standard 16/09/2020

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 32–Patient satisfaction/experience, 2022 Health, Standard 24/09/2021

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