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Health professional—area of clinical practice (principal), code ANN

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Short name:Help on this termPrincipal area of clinical practice
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270144
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 10/12/2009
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Principal area of clinical practice is defined as either the field of principal professional clinical activity or the primary area of responsibility, depending on the profession, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Health professional—area of clinical practice (principal)

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A11General Practitioner (GP)/primary medical care practitioner - general practice
A12GP/primary medical care practitioner - a special interest area (specified)
A21GP/primary medical care practitioner - vocationally registered
A22GP/primary medical care practitioner - holder of fellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
A23GP/primary medical care practitioner - RACGP trainee
A24GP/primary medical care practitioner - other
B31Non-specialist hospital (salaried) - Resident Medical Officer (RMO)/intern
B32Non-specialist hospital (salaried) - other hospital career
B41Non-specialist hospital (salaried) - holder of Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Training
B42Non-specialist hospital (salaried) - RACGP trainee
B44Non-specialist hospital (salaried) - other
B51Non-specialist hospital (salaried) - specialist (includes private and hospital)
B52Non-specialist hospital (salaried) - specialist in training (e.g. registrar)
B90Non-specialist hospital (salaried) - not applicable
C01Nurse labour force - mixed medical/surgical nursing
C02Nurse labour force - medical nursing
C03Nurse labour force - surgical nursing
C04Nurse labour force - operating theatre nursing
C05Nurse labour force - intensive care nursing
C06Nurse labour force - paediatric nursing
C07Nurse labour force - maternity and obstetric nursing
C08Nurse labour force - psychiatric/mental health nursing
C09Nurse labour force - developmental disability nursing
C10Nurse labour force - gerontology/geriatric nursing
C11Nurse labour force - accident and emergency nursing
C12Nurse labour force - community health nursing
C13Nurse labour force - child health nursing
C14Nurse labour force - school nursing
C15Nurse labour force - district/domiciliary nursing
C16Nurse labour force - occupational health nursing
C17Nurse labour force - private medical practice nursing
C18Nurse labour force - independent practice
C19Nurse labour force - independent midwifery practice
C20Nurse labour force - no one principal area of practice
C98Nurse labour force - other (specify)
C99Nurse labour force - unknown/inadequately described/not stated

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Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this termSpecifics will vary for each profession as appropriate and will be reflected in the classification/coding that is applied. Classification within the National Health Labour Force Collection is profession-specific.
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The nursing labour force-specific codes are subject to revision because of changes in the profession and should be read in the context of the comments below.

It is strongly recommended that, in the case of the nurse labour force, further disaggregation be avoided as much as possible. The reason for this recommendation is that any expansion of the classification to include specific specialty areas (e.g. cardiology, otorhinolaryngology, gynaecology etc.) will only capture data from hospitals with dedicated wards or units; persons whose clinical practice includes a mix of cases within a single ward setting (as in the majority of country and minor metropolitan hospitals) will not be included in any single specialty count, leading to a risk of the data being misinterpreted. The data would show a far lower number of practitioners involved in providing services to patients with some of the listed specialty conditions than is the case.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termNational Health Labour Force Data Working Group

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Supersedes Principal area of clinical practice, version 1, DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (22.7 KB)

Has been superseded by Registered health professional—principal area of practice, dental code NN Health, Standard 10/12/2009

Has been superseded by Registered health professional—principal area of practice, midwifery code NN Health, Standard 10/12/2009

Has been superseded by Registered health professional—principal area of practice, nursing code NN Health, Standard 10/12/2009

Has been superseded by Registered health professional—principal area of practice, psychology code NN Health, Standard 10/12/2009

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Health labour force NMDS Health, Superseded 10/12/2009

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