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released: 1 Dec 2016 author: AIHW media release

In 2015-16: about 712, 000 patients were admitted to Australian public hospitals from elective surgery waiting lists; 50% of patients were admitted within 37 days, and 90% within 260 days; about 2.0% of patients had waited more than a year for their surgery, an improvement compared with 2.7% in 2011–12.

ISSN 2205-5096 1036-613X; ISBN 978-1-76054-050-0; Cat. no. HSE 183; 86pp.; $14

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages.
    • Foreword
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 What's in this report?
      • 1.2 What data are reported?
      • 1.3 What terms and methods are used?
      • 1.4 Additional information
    • 2 How much elective surgery was provided?
      • Key findings
      • 2.1 How many public hospitals provided elective surgery?
      • 2.2 How many patients were added to or removed from elective surgery waiting lists?
      • 2.3 How many admissions were there from waiting lists?
    • 3 What elective surgery was provided?
      • Key findings
      • 3.1 Surgical specialties
      • 3.2 Surgical (indicator) procedures
    • 4 How long did people wait for elective surgery?
      • Key findings
      • 4.1 How did waiting times vary across states and territories and by type of hospital?
      • 4.2 How did waiting times vary by surgical specialty?
      • 4.3 How did waiting times vary by surgical (indicator) procedure?
      • 4.4 How did waiting times vary by Indigenous status?
      • 4.5 Performance indicator: Waiting times for elective surgery-waiting time in days
      • 4.6 How did waiting times differ by clinical urgency category?
    • 5 What was the safety and quality of the care?
      • Key findings
      • 5.1 Adverse events reported for elective surgery admissions
      • 5.2 Unplanned readmissions following admission from elective surgery waiting lists
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Data quality information
    • Appendix B: Technical notes
    • Appendix C: Public hospital peer groups
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of boxes
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Elective surgery waiting times 2015–16: Australian hospital statistics. Health services series no. 73. Cat. no. HSE 183. Canberra: AIHW.

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