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Definition

The average overdue wait time (in days) for those who are still waiting for their elective surgery and are ready for care, and have waited beyond the recommended time.

Indicator Summary

Numerator
Total number of overdue days in the urgency category at the census date
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Denominator
Total number of overdue patients in the urgency category at the census date
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Computation

Elective surgery is as defined in the Elective surgery waiting times (removals and census) NMDSs.

Waiting time is as defined in Waiting time at a census date. It is calculated by jurisdictions by subtracting the Listing date for care from the Census date, minus any days when the patient was 'not ready for care', and also minus any …

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Disaggregation
By state/territory
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Calculation rules

Computation Rule
Description

Elective surgery is as defined in the Elective surgery waiting times (removals and census) NMDSs.

Waiting time is as defined in Waiting time at a census date. It is calculated by jurisdictions by subtracting the Listing date for care from the Census date, minus any days when the patient was 'not ready for care', and also minus any days the patient was waiting with a less urgent clinical urgency category than their clinical urgency category at the census date.

Overdue wait times are calculated using data from the Elective surgery waiting times (census) NMDS for patients who are ready for care, have waited beyond the clinically recommended time, and are still waiting at the census date.

Overdue wait times is as defined in Overdue patient. A patient is classified as overdue if ready for care and waiting time at a census date is longer than 30 days for patients in Clinical urgency category 1, 90 days for patients in clinical urgency category 2, or 365 days for patients in clinical urgency category 3.

Analysis by state and territory is based on location of service.

Presented as days.
Numerators
Denominators
Total number of overdue patients in the urgency category at the census date

References

Standing Council on Federal Financial Relations. National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services. Standing Council on Federal Financial Relations, Canberra. Viewed 15 February 2013,

http://www.federalfinancialrelations.gov.au/content/npa/
health_reform/national-workforce-reform/national_partnership.pdf


This content Based on Australian Institute of Health and Welfare material. Attribution provided as required under the AIHW CC-BY licence.

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