ANZGOSA Audit

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About the audit 

The ANZGOSA Audit is an ongoing quality assurance activity of the Australian and New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Surgical Association (ANZGOSA) aiming to evaluate, improve and maintain the quality of care provided by its members.

Data is collected on patients undergoing surgery for oesophago-gastric cancer or gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST). Participants can self-assess their performance and compare against peers. Data will also be used for research and analysis on treatment for these patients in Australia and New Zealand.

Benefits of participating

Participants can report on performance and compare against a bi-national aggregate for the following patient outcomes:

  • Intraoperative complications
  • Postoperative complications
  • Blood transfusion
  • Return to theatre
  • In-hospital death
  • Readmission within 30 days
  • 30-day mortality
  • Intubation period
  • ICU length of stay
  • Postoperative hospital length of stay

Other benefits include:

  • pre-approval as an audit activity in the College's Continuing Professional Development program (members only; login required)
  • acknowlegement of participation through an annual certificate
  • ability to export personal cases from the audit into Excel for further analysis
  • data analysis support from audit staff

How to participate 

There are three ways to submit data to the audit:

1. Directly, through the online portal

2. Collect data on Data collection form (PDF 205 KB) and later transcribe yourself or have your data manager transcribe on your behalf

Data managers get restricted access for data entry on specific surgeon accounts and hospitals where permission has been granted.

Data manager access application form (PDF 136 KB)

3. Upload existing similar data through the institutional upload program

To be eligible for the upload program, the existing database will need to have a significant number of annual cases and have sufficient commonality of fields with the ANZGOSA Audit.

Contact the ANZGOSA Audit Helpdesk to request access to the portal or to enquire about the upload program.

Submission deadline 

ANZGOSA expect all cases to be submitted by 28 February of the year following surgery. Participation certificates will be issued shortly after this date as an acknowledgement of contribution.

Data entered after 28 February may not be taken into consideration at the time of calculating annual participation.

Legal protection, ethics requirements and patient consent

The ANZGOSA Audit Steering Committee has provided guidance on these issues: Ethical clearance FAQ (PDF 64 KB, November 2012) 

Patient Consent

A Patient information/opt-out form (PDF 116 KB, March 2015) informs patients of what will happen to their personal information and gives them the opportunity to object to their data being used in the audit. This should be distributed prior to entering patient data onto the audit.

Legal protection

The audit has been declared a Quality Assurance Activity under the Commonwealth Health Insurance (Quality Assurance Confidentiality) Amendment Act 1992 in Australia and has been declared a Protected Quality Assurance Activity under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 in New Zealand. The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that information that becomes available as a result of the activity can not be disclosed (in reports or publications) in a manner that identifies a participant surgeon.

Data release

Participants can extract their own data for analysis through the My Reports section of the online portal.

Participants and researchers can apply for access to de-identified tabulations and analysis using audit data through the Data Request process.

Data Request Policy (PDF 41 KB, August 2014)

Data Request Form (PDF 191 KB, August 2014) 

Output

RESEARCH PAPERS

Surgery for gastrointestinal stromal tumours in Australia and New Zealand: results from a bi-national audit. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2017 DOI:10.1111/ans.13840

REPORTS

ANZGOSA Audit Data Report 2016 (PDF 554 KB) Distributed at the 2016 ANZGOSA/SUGGS Meeting

ANZGOSA Audit Data Report 2015 (PDF 501 KB) Distributed at the 2015 ANZGOSA-OSSANZ Conference

ANZGOSA Audit Data Report 2014  (PDF 778 KB) Distributed at the 2014 ANZGOSA/ANZHPBA Annual Scientific Meeting

PRESENTATIONS

How the ANZGOSA Audit can benefit your practice: a look at GIST surgery from an Australian and New Zealand perspective (PDF 493 KB) Presentation given at the 2014 ANZGOSA/ANZHPBA Annual Scientific Meeting.

Help and Support

User manual (PDF 617 KB, October 2016) - Provides assistance in navigating the online portal.

Data dictionary (PDF 648 KB, June 2017)  - Gives specific information on each field in the dataset and how to answer.

Contact the Helpdesk

Email: anzgosa.audit@surgeons.org
Telephone: +61 8 8219 0918
Fax: +61 8 8219 0999