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Cancer surgery waiting times, malignant breast 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 45 4,896 98 12 96 99
Major regional hospitals 26 1,644 97 14 95 99
Large hospitals 15 1,013 99 12 95 99
Unpeered hospitals 8 372 100 12 98 99
Other hospitals* 51 152 97 9 95 97
Total 145 8,077 98 12 96 99
               
Hospital State Peer group 3 Reported number of surgeries 4 Surgeries within urgency category time (%) 5 Median waiting time (days) 6 Surgeries within 30 days (%) Surgeries within 45 days (%) 7
  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 Major metropolitan hospitals peer group includes some specialist women's hospitals. For more information on peer groups see Hospital Performance: Cancer surgery waiting times in public hospitals in 2011–12, Technical Supplement.
  4. The number of patients admitted at or on behalf of the hospital for surgery for malignant breast cancer.
  5. The percentage of patients who received their urgent (category 1) surgery within 30 days and semi-urgent (category 2) surgery within 90 days.
  6. Half of patients received their surgery in less than or equal to the median waiting time and the remaining half waited longer.
  7. The percentage of all patients who received their surgery within 45 days (including patients who received their surgery within 30 days).
Fairfield NSW Large hospitals 52 100 7 100 100
Royal Women's NSW NSW Large hospitals 49 100 13 86 ≥90
Auburn NSW Large hospitals 66 100 11 100 100
Manly NSW Large hospitals 10–30 100 7 100 100
Calvary Mater [Newcastle] NSW Large hospitals 148 93 17 84 97
Goulburn NSW Large hospitals 10–30 100 21 ≥90 ≥90
Bathurst NSW Large hospitals 36 ≥90 17 ≥90 100
Northeast Health [Wangaratta] Vic Large hospitals 10–30 100 8 100 100
West Gippsland [Warragul] Vic Large hospitals 36 100 8 100 100
Monash [Moorabbin] Vic Large hospitals 275 ≥90 19 ≥90 ≥90
Peter MacCallum Vic Large hospitals 225 100 8 96 98
Modbury SA Large hospitals 10–30 100 11 100 100
Geraldton WA Large hospitals 10–30 100 3 ≥90 100
Albany WA Large hospitals 10–30 100 6 ≥90 100
North West Regional [Burnie] Tas Large hospitals 10–30 100 10 100 100
St Vincent's NSW NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 68 100 7 ≥90 100
Royal Prince Alfred NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 241 100 7 ≥90 100
Concord NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 110 100 9 ≥90 ≥90
Liverpool NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 88 100 9 ≥90 100
Campbelltown NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 64 ≥90 20 83 ≥90
Bankstown NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 59 100 8 ≥90 100
Prince of Wales NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 46 ≥90 8 ≥90 100
St George NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 177 98 14 95 98
Wollongong NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 146 100 7 100 100
Westmead NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 183 ≥90 16 89 ≥90
Nepean NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 63 100 9 ≥90 ≥90
Hornsby NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 100 8 100 100
Royal North Shore NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 76 100 11 100 100
Gosford NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 114 100 13 ≥90 ≥90
Wyong NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 100 16 100 100
The Tweed NSW Major metropolitan hospitals 67 100 17 ≥90 100
Geelong Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 115 ≥90 7 ≥90 ≥90
Box Hill Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 71 ≥90 15 ≥90 ≥90
Maroondah Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 144 100 16 ≥90 ≥90
Frankston Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 78 ≥90 14 ≥90 ≥90
Casey Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 100 14 100 100
The Alfred Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 103 100 8 ≥90 ≥90
Austin Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 100 18 ≥90 100
Western Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 100 14 100 100
Royal Women's VIC Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 71 100 8 ≥90 100
The Northern Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 111 ≥90 17 ≥90 ≥90
Royal Melbourne Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 154 100 11 ≥90 100
Sunshine Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 86 100 10 ≥90 ≥90
St Vincent's VIC Vic Major metropolitan hospitals 67 ≥90 7 ≥90 ≥90
Mater Adult QLD Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 247 ≥90 6 ≥90 ≥90
Princess Alexandra Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 198 ≥90 9 ≥90 ≥90
Ipswich Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 50 ≥90 15 ≥90 100
Redcliffe Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 55 ≥90 11 ≥90 100
Caboolture Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 47 100 15 100 100
Royal Brisbane & Women's Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 199 ≥90 11 ≥90 ≥90
Robina Qld Major metropolitan hospitals 206 ≥90 12 ≥90 ≥90
Queen Elizabeth SA SA Major metropolitan hospitals 101 ≥90 13 ≥90 100
Royal Adelaide SA Major metropolitan hospitals 219 97 18 93 97
Lyell McEwin SA Major metropolitan hospitals 93 100 14 100 100
Flinders SA Major metropolitan hospitals 172 88 18 87 ≥90
Sir Charles Gairdner WA Major metropolitan hospitals 270 96 10 95 96
Joondalup [Public] WA Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 ≥90 20 79 89
Royal Perth WA Major metropolitan hospitals 304 93 16 90 98
Canberra ACT Major metropolitan hospitals 10–30 100 25 ≥90 100
Calvary Public ACT ACT Major metropolitan hospitals 95 ≥90 15 ≥90 ≥90
Shoalhaven NSW Major regional hospitals 10–30 100 14 100 100
Tamworth NSW Major regional hospitals 72 ≥90 13 ≥90 100
Manning NSW Major regional hospitals 10–30 100 12 ≥90 100
Lismore NSW Major regional hospitals 70 100 11 ≥90 ≥90
Coffs Harbour NSW Major regional hospitals 80 100 18 94 100
Port Macquarie NSW Major regional hospitals 48 100 12 ≥90 ≥90
Wagga Wagga NSW Major regional hospitals 42 100 15 ≥90 ≥90
Dubbo NSW Major regional hospitals 46 100 10 100 100
Orange NSW Major regional hospitals 47 100 17 ≥90 100
Ballarat Vic Major regional hospitals 72 100 15 ≥90 ≥90
Bendigo Vic Major regional hospitals 107 ≥90 11 ≥90 ≥90
Goulburn Valley [Shepparton] Vic Major regional hospitals 10–30 ≥90 14 ≥90 ≥90
Latrobe Regional [Traralgon] Vic Major regional hospitals 55 100 10 ≥90 100
Nambour Qld Major regional hospitals 148 85 21 84 ≥90
Bundaberg Qld Major regional hospitals 47 100 22 ≥90 ≥90
Hervey Bay Qld Major regional hospitals 35 ≥90 17 ≥90 100
Toowoomba Qld Major regional hospitals 81 100 21 100 100
Rockhampton Qld Major regional hospitals 47 100 11 100 100
Mackay Qld Major regional hospitals 67 ≥90 20 ≥90 ≥90
Townsville Qld Major regional hospitals 98 ≥90 18 ≥90 ≥90
Cairns Qld Major regional hospitals 96 ≥90 15 ≥90 ≥90
South West [Bunbury] WA Major regional hospitals 70 100 9 ≥90 100
Royal Hobart Tas Major regional hospitals 107 ≥90 8 ≥90 ≥90
Launceston Tas Major regional hospitals 76 ≥90 11 ≥90 ≥90
Royal Darwin NT Major regional hospitals 44 ≥90 14 ≥90 100
Alice Springs NT Major regional hospitals 10–30 100 10 100 100
Canterbury NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Sutherland NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Shellharbour NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Blacktown NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Blue Mountains NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Lithgow NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Mona Vale NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Ryde NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Armidale NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Maitland NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Singleton NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Casino NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Grafton NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Kempsey NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Cooma NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Mudgee NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Cowra NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Parkes NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Broken Hill NSW 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
Dandenong Vic Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Werribee Mercy Public Vic Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Williamstown Vic Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Prince Charles Qld Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Queen Elizabeth II QLD Qld Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Logan Qld Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Gold Coast Qld Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Maryborough QLD Qld Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Emerald Qld Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Gladstone Qld Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Atherton Qld Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Mount Isa Qld Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Women's & Children's SA SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Mount Barker SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Murray Bridge 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
Millicent SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Mount Gambier SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Naracoorte SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Gawler SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Kapunda SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Osborne Park WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Swan District WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Fremantle WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Armadale-Kelmscott WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Rockingham WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Broome WA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Mersey Tas Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Bowral NSW Unpeered hospitals 10–30 100 21 100 100
Mount Druitt NSW Unpeered hospitals 47 100 14 ≥90 100
Belmont NSW Unpeered hospitals 57 100 7 ≥90 100
Bega NSW Unpeered hospitals 37 100 17 100 100
Moruya NSW Unpeered hospitals 10–30 100 8 ≥90 ≥90
Griffith NSW Unpeered hospitals 10–30 100 8 100 100
Heidelberg Repatriation Vic Unpeered hospitals 116 100 14 ≥90 ≥90
Kaleeya WA Unpeered hospitals 48 100 7 100 100