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Cancer surgery waiting times, malignant bowel cancer data, 2012–13

Waiting times for surgery for malignant cancers are a measure of access to treatment that can maintain quality of life or be potentially life-saving. Without timely surgery, these cancers may progress and those with early-stage disease may face a reduced opportunity for cure.

In Australia, there are no maximum acceptable waiting time benchmarks for planned cancer surgery. Surgeries are prioritised using the same waiting list system as other planned surgeries. The patients covered by this report were assigned to planned surgery waiting lists by surgeons as urgent or semi-urgent cases. Urgent cases are expected to be completed within 30 days, while semi-urgent cases are meant to be completed within 90 days.

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Peer group Number of hospitals Number of surgeries Surgeries within urgency category time (%) Median waiting time (days) Surgeries within 30 days (%) Surgeries within 45 days (%)
* hospitals with <10 surgeries in 2012–13
Major metropolitan hospitals 48 3,061 95 15 87 95
Major regional hospitals 25 937 92 16 88 96
Large hospitals 16 364 99 12 87 93
Unpeered hospitals 3 43 100 18 88 93
Other hospitals* 35 128 100 16 92 98
Total 127 4,533 95 15 88 95
               
Hospital State Peer group Reported number of surgeries 3 Surgeries within urgency category time (%) 4 Median waiting time (days) 5 Surgeries within 30 days (%) Surgeries within 45 days (%) 6
  1. Cancers that have the ability to progress to more serious disease and spread to surrounding tissue or other organs, if left untreated.
  2. For more information on the measures, suppression and peer groups see Hospital Performance: Cancer surgery waiting times in public hospitals in 2011–12, Technical Supplement.
  3. The number of patients admitted at or on behalf of the hospital for surgery for malignant bowel cancer.
  4. The percentage of patients who received their urgent (category 1) surgery within 30 days and semi-urgent (category 2) surgery within 90 days.
  5. Half of patients received their surgery in less than or equal to the median waiting time and the remaining half waited longer.
  6. The percentage of all patients who received their surgery within 45 days (including patients who received their surgery within 30 days).
Ryde NSW Large hospitals 10–30 100 13 60 70
Maitland NSW Large hospitals 33 100 7 100 100
Calvary Mater [Newcastle] NSW Large hospitals 10–30 86 22 62 76
Grafton NSW Large hospitals 10–30 100 9 ≥90 ≥90
Bathurst NSW Large hospitals 10–30 100 15 ≥90 100
Northeast Health [Wangaratta] Vic Large hospitals 10–30 100 14 ≥90 ≥90
West Gippsland [Warragul] Vic Large hospitals 10–30 100 13 100 100
Peter MacCallum Vic Large hospitals 63 100 20 67 81
Queen Elizabeth II QLD Qld Large hospitals 10–30 100 3 100 100
Redland Qld Large hospitals 10–30 100 8 100 100
Modbury SA Large hospitals 43 100 14 ≥90 ≥90
Repatriation General SA SA Large hospitals 10–30 100 16 ≥90 100
Swan District WA Large hospitals 10–30 100 3 100 100
Armadale-Kelmscott WA Large hospitals 10–30 100 9 ≥90 ≥90
Albany WA Large hospitals 10–30 100 8 ≥90 ≥90
North West Regional [Burnie] Tas Large hospitals 10–30 100 12 ≥90 ≥90
St Vincent's NSW NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 42 ≥90 7 ≥90 ≥90
Royal Prince Alfred NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 98 100 13 80 88
Concord NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 79 100 12 87 ≥90
Liverpool NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 46 ≥90 15 78 ≥90
Campbelltown NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 41 ≥90 23 76 ≥90
Bankstown NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 87 100 12 ≥90 ≥90
Prince of Wales NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 48 ≥90 15 ≥90 ≥90
St George NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 52 ≥90 15 79 ≥90
Sutherland NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 ≥90 19 88 100
Wollongong NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 89 ≥90 15 ≥90 ≥90
Blacktown NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 38 100 16 ≥90 100
Westmead NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 82 100 16 77 ≥90
Nepean NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 85 ≥90 15 87 ≥90
Hornsby NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 ≥90 15 ≥90 100
Royal North Shore NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 ≥90 11 88 ≥90
Gosford NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 62 ≥90 21 85 ≥90
Wyong NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 37 100 21 81 ≥90
John Hunter NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 90 100 15 89 94
The Tweed NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 33 100 8 100 100
Geelong Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 62 100 8 ≥90 100
Box Hill Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 75 ≥90 19 ≥90 ≥90
Maroondah Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 100 17 100 100
Dandenong Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 123 100 16 ≥90 ≥90
Frankston Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 73 ≥90 17 ≥90 ≥90
The Alfred Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 88 100 13 ≥90 100
Austin Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 69 100 11 ≥90 ≥90
Western Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 124 ≥90 17 ≥90 ≥90
The Northern Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 74 ≥90 23 82 ≥90
Royal Melbourne Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 60 100 14 ≥90 ≥90
St Vincent's VIC Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 37 100 10 ≥90 100
Mater Adult QLD Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 ≥90 16 ≥90 100
Prince Charles Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 42 100 7 100 100
Princess Alexandra Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 117 68 32 44 62
Ipswich Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 36 ≥90 14 ≥90 100
Redcliffe Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 57 ≥90 20 89 ≥90
Logan Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 54 ≥90 12 ≥90 ≥90
Caboolture Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 100 14 100 100
Gold Coast Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 93 96 11 96 100
Royal Brisbane & Women's Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 129 92 19 91 97
Queen Elizabeth SA SA Major metropolitan hospitals 79 91 15 84 94
Royal Adelaide SA Major metropolitan hospitals 87 77 23 72 94
Lyell McEwin SA Major metropolitan hospitals 68 ≥90 15 87 ≥90
Flinders SA Major metropolitan hospitals 64 91 18 88 100
Sir Charles Gairdner WA Major metropolitan hospitals 70 89 15 77 91
Royal Perth WA Major metropolitan hospitals 61 82 22 67 82
Fremantle WA Major metropolitan hospitals 105 ≥90 17 88 ≥90
Canberra ACT Major metropolitan hospitals 67 ≥90 17 ≥90 ≥90
Calvary Public ACT ACT Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 100 14 ≥90 ≥90
Shoalhaven NSW Major regional hospitals 10–30 100 6 ≥90 ≥90
Tamworth NSW Major regional hospitals 31 ≥90 13 ≥90 100
Manning NSW Major regional hospitals 32 100 18 ≥90 100
Lismore NSW Major regional hospitals 44 100 14 ≥90 100
Coffs Harbour NSW Major regional hospitals 45 91 19 87 100
Port Macquarie NSW Major regional hospitals 51 ≥90 15 ≥90 100
Wagga Wagga NSW Major regional hospitals 36 ≥90 16 ≥90 100
Dubbo NSW Major regional hospitals 10–30 ≥90 15 88 ≥90
Orange NSW Major regional hospitals 10–30 100 21 86 100
Ballarat Vic Major regional hospitals 49 ≥90 21 ≥90 ≥90
Bendigo Vic Major regional hospitals 66 100 16 ≥90 ≥90
Goulburn Valley [Shepparton] Vic Major regional hospitals 10–30 100 9 100 100
Latrobe Regional [Traralgon] Vic Major regional hospitals 10–30 100 13 ≥90 100
Nambour Qld Major regional hospitals 88 88 16 88 ≥90
Bundaberg Qld Major regional hospitals 10–30 100 12 ≥90 ≥90
Hervey Bay Qld Major regional hospitals 10–30 ≥90 13 ≥90 100
Toowoomba Qld Major regional hospitals 36 100 17 100 100
Rockhampton Qld Major regional hospitals 10–30 100 16 100 100
Mackay Qld Major regional hospitals 10–30 ≥90 20 ≥90 100
Townsville Qld Major regional hospitals 61 ≥90 17 84 ≥90
Cairns Qld Major regional hospitals 67 72 21 70 91
South West [Bunbury] WA Major regional hospitals 10–30 100 10 88 100
Royal Hobart Tas Major regional hospitals 45 51 38 47 60
Launceston Tas Major regional hospitals 61 92 11 92 100
Royal Darwin NT Major regional hospitals 10–30 100 19 100 100
Sydney Children's NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Canterbury NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Bowral NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Auburn NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Manly NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Mona Vale NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Armidale NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Goulburn NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Moruya NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Griffith NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Broken Hill NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Monash [Clayton] Vic Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Angliss Vic Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Sandringham Vic Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Mercy Women's VIC Vic Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Royal Women's VIC Vic Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Werribee Mercy Public Vic Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Gladstone Qld Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Mount Isa Qld Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Robina Qld Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Women's & Children's SA SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Port Lincoln SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Port Pirie SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Whyalla SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Riverland Regional [Berri] SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Noarlunga Public SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
King Edward Women's WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Osborne Park WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Joondalup [Public] WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Bentley WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Rockingham WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Peel [Public] WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Geraldton WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Kalgoorlie WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Alice Springs NT Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Belmont NSW Unpeered hospitals 10–30 100 17 85 85
Bega NSW Unpeered hospitals 10–30 100 18 100 100
Mount Gambier SA Unpeered hospitals 10–30 100 21 85 100