Data


Western Australia Elective Services Target performance as at end of month


Total number of elective surgery cases on wait list and percentage of over boundary as at end of month
  Jun 2017 Jul 2017 Aug 2017 Sep 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017 Jan 2018 Feb 2018 Mar 2018 Apr 2018 May 2018 Jun 2018
Category 1
Total Cases 1,194 1,208 1,144 1,132 1,146 1,209 960 1,090 1,108 1,119 1,219 1,199 1,163
% over boundary 14.3% 18.4% 17.8% 19.1% 14.7% 16.1% 24.7% 16.5% 11.6% 16.2% 19.5% 16.0% 14.8%
Category 2
Total Cases 4,943 4,890 4,936 5,164 4,965 4,749 4,870 4,761 4,843 4,825 4,861 4,947 5,068
% over boundary 11.6% 12.4% 12.9% 12.8% 13.1% 13.8% 14.9% 17.8% 16.6% 15.9% 13.6% 13.4% 12.7%
Category 3
Total Cases 14,873 15,068 14,980 15,059 15,226 15,561 16,146 16,415 16,354 16,364 16,623 16,788 16,982
% over boundary 2.5% 2.8% 2.9% 3.0% 3.0% 3.0% 3.2% 3.1% 3.1% 3.5% 3.7% 3.7% 3.9%
All Categories
Total Cases 21,010 21,166 21,060 21,355 21,337 21,519 21,976 22,266 22,305 22,308 22,703 22,934 23,213
% over boundary 5.3% 5.9% 6.1% 6.2% 6.0% 6.1% 6.7% 6.9% 6.4% 6.8% 6.7% 6.4% 6.4%
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  • Western Australia Elective Services Target
    On 1 April 2016, WA health system introduced a new statewide performance target for the provision of elective services. The WA Elective Services Target (WEST) aims to ensure timely and equitable access to public elective services. It replaced the National Elective Surgery Target (NEST), following the expiry of the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services in 2015.

    The WEST indicator refers to the percentage of cases on elective surgery wait lists which wait longer than the clinically recommended time for their procedure (i.e. over boundary), according to their urgency category. The current statewide target is 0%.

    Cases
    For the purposes of this report, patients are referred to as cases. This is because a patient may be on an elective surgery for more than one procedure. For example, if a patient is on a waiting list twice, for two different procedures, this will be counted as two cases.

    Over boundary cases
    A patient who has been waiting more than the recommended period in one of the three clinical urgency categories is defined as being over boundary.

    Category 1
    Procedures that are clinically indicated within 30 days.

    Category 2
    Procedures that are clinically indicated within 90 days.

    Category 3
    Procedures that are clinically indicated within 365 days.

    Source
    WA Elective Surgery Wait List Data Collection, Information and System Performance Directorate, Department of Health WA.
    Data extracted 1 Jul 2018