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
- 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
2. Collect data on Data collection form (PDF 205 KB) and later
transcribe yourself or have your data manager transcribe on your
Data managers get restricted access for data entry on specific
surgeon accounts and hospitals where permission has been
Data manager access application form (PDF 136
3. Upload existing similar data through the institutional upload
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.
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
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.
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
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
Data Request Form (PDF 191 KB, August
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
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
(PDF 643 KB, October 2016) - Gives specific information
on each field in the dataset and how to answer.
Contact the Helpdesk
Telephone: +61 8 8219 0918
Fax: +61 8 8219 0999