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Elective surgery activity is measured by the number of additions to and removals from public hospital elective surgery waiting lists, and the number of patients admitted for their awaited procedure.
This data visualisation below presents information on additions, removals and admissions in 2018–19 and changes between 2014–15 and 2018–19.
Information is also presented by:
Between 2014–15 and 2018–19, the total number of removals from public hospital elective surgery waiting lists increased by an average of 2.3% each year.
To explore elective surgery waiting times by hospital or LHN see My local area.
Appendixes and caveat information for this data is available to download in the Info and downloads section.
Definitions of the terms used in this section are available in the Glossary.
The surgical speciality describes the area of clinical expertise held by the doctor performing the elective surgery. This section presents information on the type of elective surgery provided, by surgical speciality in 2018–19 and changes between 2014–15 and 2018–19.
Information on 11 categories of surgical speciality is presented. The ‘other’ category contains data for surgeons whose speciality was not one of the 11 specified categories. From 1 July 2016, surgical speciality was revised to include Paediatric surgery.
The data visualisation below presents elective surgery waiting list additions, removals and admissions by state and territory between 2014–15 and 2018–19.
Between 2014–15 and 2018–19:
The intended surgical procedure describes the type of elective surgery provided by public hospitals.
In the data visualisations below, you can explore admissions from elective surgery waiting lists by:
Between 2017–18 and 2018–19:
The length of time waited by patients on public hospital elective surgery waiting lists before being admitted for surgery between 2014–15 and 2018–19. Waiting times for elective surgery can vary depending on:
In the data visualisation below, you can explore waiting times for elective surgery by peer group and clinical urgency category.
50th percentile (median) waiting time
Between 2014–15 and 2018–19, the waiting time of 50% of patients:
90th percentile waiting time
Between 2014–15 and 2018–19, the 90th percentile waiting time:
Patients who waited more than 365 days
Between 2014–15 and 2018–19, the proportion of patients who waited more than 365 days to be admitted:
When a patient is placed on the public hospital elective surgery waiting list, a clinical assessment is made of the urgency within which they require elective surgery (the clinically recommended time). The proportion of patients seen within the recommended time is the percentage of patients removed from elective surgery waiting lists who were admitted for surgery within the clinically recommended time for each clinical urgency category.
The ‘overdue wait’ is the amount of time spent waiting while overdue—that is, after 30, 90 or 365 days for clinical urgency categories 1, 2 and 3, respectively. The average overdue wait time (in days) is calculated for patients who were still waiting for their elective surgery as at 30 June 2018, who were ready for care, and who had waited beyond the recommended time.
Due to the lack of comparability of clinical urgency categories between states and territories, these data are presented for each state and territory separately.
The surgical speciality describes the area of clinical expertise held by the doctor performing the elective surgery.
In the data visualisation below, you can explore elective surgery waiting times by surgical speciality for 2018–19 and between 2014–15 and 2018–19. Waiting times are presented at national, state and territory, LHN, and hospital level.
Waiting list statistics for intended surgical procedures can indicate performance in particular areas of elective surgery. Information on the types of elective surgery provided by public hospitals is shown by the intended surgical procedure, for selected procedures only.
In the data visualisations below, you can explore elective surgery waiting times by:
In 2018–19, for the top 25 intended procedures:
Between 2014–15 and 2018–19, for the 15 indicator procedures:
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