All hospitals (both public and private) undertaking joint replacement contribute data to the AOANJRR. All hospitals were contacted to participate in data collection for the AOANJRR. Following initial contact with hospital administration and orthopaedic surgeons, a Data Collection Information document outlining the AOANJRR and data collection processes was provided to each hospital. This document was prepared in a manner to allow hospital administrations the choice of presenting the document to an ethics, quality assurance or medical advisory committee. Once approval was granted, procedures were implemented to commence data collection. Each hospital nominates a hospital coordinator (usually a member of theatre nursing staff) to liaise with AOANJRR staff and be responsible for coordinating the completion and submission of data forms to the AOANJRR.
Implementation of the AOANJRR commenced in nine South Australian hospitals in September 1999. Since that time all hospitals in Australia that undertake joint replacement have agreed to submit data. Currently the Registry receives information on over 7,000 procedures per month from over 300 hospitals.
Date of Commencement by State and Territory
|South Australia||September 1999|
|Western Australia||April 2000|
|Northern Territory||October 2000|
|Australian Capital Territory||May 2001|
|New South Wales||June 2001|
Implementation was completed nationally by mid 2002; therefore 2003 was the first year of complete national data.