Table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • The national elective surgery urgency category definitions package
      • Implementation of the package
  • Body section
    • Introduction
      • Variation in urgency category assignment for elective surgery
      • Recommendations of the Expert Panel
      • This document
    • Objectives
    • Definition of 'elective' surgery
    • The national elective surgery urgency category definitions package
      • How will consistency be achieved?
      • A statement of an overarching principle for urgency category assignment
      • Simplified, time-based definitions of urgency categories
      • Information on the 'usual' urgency categories for higher volume procedures
      • Information on comparative urgency categorisation
      • 'Treat in turn' as a principle for elective surgery management
      • Clarified approaches for patients who are not ready for surgery
    • Implementing the package
      • Timeframes and processes
    • Other issues
      • Procedures in scope
      • Types of elective surgery provided by public hospitals
      • Inclusion of 'staged' procedures in nationally reported waiting times information
      • Waiting times from referral to surgical services
      • Detailed scoring systems
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Current data on urgency categorisation and staged patients
      • Appendix B: Urgency category definitions variation in Australia
      • Appendix C: International approaches to urgency categorisation
      • Appendix D: Summary of consultations for this report
      • Appendix E: Examples of feedback material on comparative urgency categorisation
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures