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
  May 2021 Jun 2021 Jul 2021 Aug 2021 Sep 2021 Oct 2021 Nov 2021 Dec 2021 Jan 2022 Feb 2022 Mar 2022 Apr 2022 May 2022
Category 1
Total Cases 1,606 1,544 1,127 1,255 1,283 1,295 1,301 1,124 1,189 1,307 1,490 1,391 1,447
% over boundary 10.5% 11.6% 14.4% 13.8% 13.6% 15.3% 12.8% 16.5% 15.7% 14.8% 16.3% 28.3% 22.0%
Category 2
Total Cases 6,815 6,810 5,987 6,131 6,149 5,976 5,799 6,040 5,939 5,663 6,029 6,530 6,830
% over boundary 18.1% 20.2% 22.3% 21.8% 21.2% 20.3% 20.1% 22.2% 25.6% 28.7% 30.8% 33.1% 35.0%
Category 3
Total Cases 21,559 21,778 21,066 21,000 21,709 21,791 21,852 22,382 22,347 21,601 23,039 24,647 24,929
% over boundary 5.1% 5.2% 5.8% 6.1% 7.5% 8.3% 8.4% 9.0% 9.3% 9.7% 12.4% 14.8% 16.2%
All Categories
Total Cases 29,980 30,132 28,180 28,386 29,141 29,062 28,952 29,546 29,475 28,571 30,558 32,568 33,206
% over boundary 8.3% 8.9% 9.6% 9.8% 10.7% 11.1% 11.0% 12.0% 12.8% 13.7% 16.2% 19.0% 20.3%
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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 Jun 2022