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PART 2: PERFORMANCE INFORMATION


Performance Information for Administered Items


Administered Funding – Acute Care Programs, including:
  • Alternative Funding for Health Service Provision;
  • Blood and Organ Donation Services;
  • Chronic Disease - Radiation Oncology;
  • Diagnostic Imaging Services;
  • Medical Indemnity;
  • Pathology Services; and
  • Public Hospitals and Information.
Target: Quantity: Number of public patient weighted separations per 1,000 weighted population.
Result: Figures for 2005-06 are unavailable until 31 December 2006.

There were 181.4 public patient weighted separations per 1,000 weighted population in 2004-05, an increase from 2003-04 when there were 181.3 public patient weighted separations per 1,000 weighted population.

Target: Quantity: Number of elective surgery patients per 1,000 weighted population.
Result: Figures for 2005-06 are unavailable until 31 December 2006.

There were 27 elective surgery patients per 1,000 weighted population in 2004-05, an increase from 2003-04 when there were 26 elective surgery patients per 1,000 weighted population.

Target: Quantity: Number of emergency department patients per 1,000 weighted population.
Result: Figures for 2005-06 are unavailable until 31 December 2006.

There were 207 emergency department patients per 1,000 weighted population in 2004-05, an increase from 2003-04 when there were 202 emergency department patients per 1,000 weighted population.

Target: Quality: Proportion of emergency department patients seen within the recommended timeframe.
Result: Figures for 2005-06 are unavailable until 31 December 2006.

68% of emergency department patients were seen within the recommended timeframe in 2004-05, a decrease from 2003-04 when 69% of emergency department patients were seen within the recommended timeframe.

Target: Quality: Proportion of people admitted for elective surgery within the clinically appropriate timeframe.
Result: Figures for 2005-06 are unavailable until 31 December 2006. 82% of people were admitted for elective surgery within the clinically appropriate timeframe in 2004-05, a decrease from 2003-04 when 84% of people were admitted for elective surgery within the clinically appropriate timeframe.
Target: Quality: Change in numbers of practitioners in high risk areas of practice including obstetricians and neurosurgeons. The number of practitioners in 2003-04 was 3,352, an increase of 89 over 2002-03.
Result: Not applicable

The scheme for which this performance measure was developed has been superseded by the Premium Support Scheme, which has wider eligibility criteria than just high risk specialties. See target and result below.

Target: Quantity: The number of doctors participating in the Premium Support Scheme. The number of participating doctors in 2004-05 was 4,441.
Result: Decrease on previous year.

The number of doctors that received premium support payments in 2005-06 was 4,139. A levelling out or reduction of participation may be expected over time as a result of modest, but widespread, premium reductions by most insurers.

Target: Quality: Maintain the number of whole blood donors per annum donating blood to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS).
Result: Decrease from previous year of 2.1%

The number of whole blood donors for 2005-06 was 471,172 compared to 481,188 in 2004-05 (footnote).

Target: Quality: Maintain the number of apheresis (plasma) donors per annum donating blood to the ARCBS.
Result: Increase from previous year of 33.8%. The number of apheresis (plasma) donors for 2005-06 was 33,738 compared to 25,218 in 2004-05.(footnote)
Target: Quality: Increase in the rate of organ donations from 9.0 per million population in 2003.
Result: Target met. In 2005, the rate of organ donation in Australia was 10.0 per million population.
Target: Quality: Maintain Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (AR-DRG) classification and National Hospital Cost and benchmarking data for costing and reporting hospital activity.
Result: Target met. Work continues on maintaining and updating the next version of the AR-DRG classification system. 4 acute care data collection reports were released during 2005-06.

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Performance Information for Departmental Outputs


Output Group 1. Policy Advice, including:
  • Alternative Funding for Health Service Provision;
  • Blood and Organ Donation Services;
  • Chronic Disease - Radiation Oncology;
  • Diagnostic Imaging Services;
  • Medical Indemnity;
  • Pathology Services;
  • Public Hospitals and Information; and
  • 2005-06 Budget measures.
Target: Quality: Ministers' satisfaction with the quality, relevance and timeliness of our advice for Australian Government decision making.
Result: Target met. Ministers were satisfied with the quality, relevance and timeliness of advice provided for Australian Government decision making.
Target: Quality: Production of timely evidence-based policy research.
Result: Target met.

The Department continued to provide, within requested timeframes, high quality and timely evidence-based research and analysis to inform the Australian Government, and to use in consultation with stakeholders. For example, in 2005-06 the Department administered a program to provide sufficient evidence to enable the Australian Government to make long-term decisions regarding the role of positron emission tomography in Australia.


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Output Group 2. Program Management, including:
  • financial management and reporting;
  • development and management of grants and contracts; and
  • administration and revision of legislation as required.
Target: Quality: Administered budget predictions are met and actual expenses vary less than 0.5% from budgeted expenses.
Result: Target not met. Budget predictions and actual expenses were 1% less than budgeted expenses. Variation is primarily due to less than expected expenditure under the various medical indemnity schemes.
Target: Quality: Opportunity for stakeholders to participate in program development.
Result: Target met.

Representatives of all State and Territories governments worked with the Department towards agreement on new indicators for measuring performance in delivery of emergency department and rehabilitation and geriatric evaluation management services, as required under the Australian Health Care Agreements.


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Performance Assessment: Evaluations and Reviews


Evaluation/Review:

2005 Policy Review Working Party

TimeFrame: Commencement date: 1 December 2005

End date: Ongoing

Related Performance Target: The Medical Indemnity Policy Review Panel met in 2005-06 and is expected to report to the Government in the first quarter of 2006-07 financial year.

Evaluation/Review:

Review of Competitive Neutrality in the Australian Medical Indemnity Market

TimeFrame: Commencement date: 7 December 2004

End date: 15 March 2005

Related Performance Target: The review of competitive neutrality in the Australian medical indemnity market was conducted in the 2004-05 financial year. The inquiry reported to Government on 15 March 2005 and the Government announced its reponse on 13 May 2005.
URL/Web Address for published results: www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/health-medicalindemnity-competitiveneutrality

Evaluation/Review:

Review of Australia's Plasma Fractionation Arrangements

TimeFrame: Commencement date: 17 February 2006

End date: 1 January 2007


Figures reported for 2004-05 are final numbers. There is a slight difference between figures originally reported in the 2004-05 Department of Health and Ageing Annual Report which were only estimates.

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