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Data Element Detail

Elective surgery waiting list episode-surgical specialty (of scheduled doctor)
Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040095 v3
Data Element
Derived Data Element
The area of clinical expertise held by the doctor who will perform the elective surgery.
Elective surgery/Waiting list
Specialty of scheduled doctor
NMDS specialty grouping
Representational Attributes
Numeric Character
Permissible Values


01Cardiothoracic surgery
02Ear, Nose and Throat surgery
03General surgery
07Orthopaedic surgery
08Plastic and reconstructive surgery
10Vascular surgery
11Other - surgical
Supplementary Values


Collection and Usage Attributes
For national reporting of the Elective surgery waiting list episode-surgical specialty (of scheduled doctor) (NHDD) data element the following mapping occurs:
Code 01 Cardiothoracic surgery is mapped to code 01 Cardio-thoracic surgery.
Code 02 Ear, Nose and Throat surgery is mapped to code 02 Ear, nose and throat surgery.
Code 03 General surgery is mapped to code 03 General surgery.
Code 04 Gynaecology is mapped to code 04 Gynaecology.
Code 05 Neurosurgery is mapped to code 05 Neurosurgery.
Code 06 Ophthalmology is mapped to code 06 Ophthalmology.
Code 07 Orthopaedic surgery is mapped to code 07 Orthopaedic surgery.
Code 08 Plastic and reconstructive surgery is mapped to code 08 Plastic surgery.
Code 09 Urology is mapped to code 09 Urology.
Code 10 Vascular surgery is mapped to code 10 Vascular surgery.
Code 11 Other - surgical is mapped to code 11 Other.

Code 90 Non-surgical data does not form part of the NMDS data element, Elective surgery waiting list episode-surgical specialty (of scheduled doctor) (NHDD).

This data element is sourced from the Hospital Based Corporate Information System (HBCIS).
The above classifications are consistent with the Recommended Medical Specialties and Qualifications agreed by the National Specialist Qualification Advisory Committee of Australia, September 1993. Vascular surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery. The Royal Australian College of Surgeons has a training program for vascular surgeons. The specialties listed above refer to the surgical component of these specialties - ear, nose and throat surgery refers to the surgical component of the specialty otolaryngology; gynaecology refers to the gynaecological surgical component of obstetrics and gynaecology; ophthalmology refers to the surgical component of the specialty (patients awaiting argon laser phototherapy are not included). Many hospitals manage their waiting lists on a specialty basis. Current data shows that the total ready-for-care times waited and numbers of long wait patients vary significantly between specialties. Furthermore, the hospital capacity to handle the demand for elective surgery varies with specialty.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementDerived Data ElementElective surgery specialtyQH 040095 Version 2Superseded
Has been superseded byData ElementDerived Data ElementElective procedure waiting list episode-specialty (of unit of admission) (QHAPDC)QH 040095 Version 4Superseded
Is derived fromData ElementData ElementPlanned unit for elective surgery waiting list patientQH 040353 Version 1Current
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptElective surgery waiting list episodeQH 041716 Version 1Current
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifer & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionElective Surgery Data Collection (ESDC)QH 020110 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-201430-Jun-2016
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC)QH 020001 Version 1ConditionalSuperseded01-Jul-201430-Jun-2019
Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
METeOR data element: Elective surgery waiting list episode-surgical specialty (of scheduled doctor), code NN, Indicator 270146, Health standard 01/03/2005 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/270146/meteorItemView/long