Patients treated (overall)
When a patient in Victoria is assessed by a surgeon as requiring elective surgery, they are categorised as urgent (Category 1: treatment within 30 days), semi-urgent (Category 2: treatment within 90 days) or non-urgent (Category 3: treatment within 12 months). They are then placed on a hospital-based wait list.
Tap the buttons below for specific patient data about elective surgery across Victoria. You can search by date and health service. Select the 'View report' tab to see data by hospital.
Scroll further down for more information about the data (measures).
About the data:
The above measures look at:
- elective surgery waiting lists
- surgery within recommended time
- hospital-initiated postponements.
About the elective surgery waiting list
The above measures show patients admitted, and also those removed from the elective surgery wait list without treatment, for all urgency categories: Urgent (Category 1: treatment within 30 days), semi-urgent (Category 2: treatment within 90 days) or non-urgent (Category 3: treatment within 12 months). Patients are removed from the list without treatment for a range of reasons, including, but not limited to, death, failure to attend for admission or surgery no longer required.
About waiting time
Waiting time is the period between the date the patient was listed for the elective surgery procedure and the date they were admitted to hospital for surgery (excluding not-ready-for-surgery days).
The 90th percentile time to treatment is the time within which 90% of patients are admitted for surgery.
Data is also shown for the percentage of patients waiting longer than 365 days for elective surgery in any urgency category.
About surgery within recommended time
Victorian targets for recommended time according to elective surgery category:
- Urgent (Category 1: treatment within 30 days) – 100%
- Semi-urgent (Category 2: treatment within 90 days) – 80%
- Non-urgent (Category 3: treatment within 12 months) – 94.5%
Patients who are not ready for surgery and those waiting for a non-surgical procedure are excluded.
About hospital-initiated postponements
The number of times a hospital initiates a postponement of a patient's scheduled elective surgery, per 100 scheduled admissions. The statewide target is to have 7 or less hospital initiated postponements per 100 scheduled admissions.
Sometimes hospitals need to postpone elective surgery. This is because demand for emergency services is unpredictable and patients who attend hospitals with life threatening illnesses take priority over patients needing elective surgery.
- Data source: Elective Surgery Information System (ESIS). Data extracted 16 January 2020.
- Results for the current financial year are preliminary and will be finalised in November. Results from the previous financial year have been finalised.
- * No results are available.