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Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2015-18

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term583090
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 13/11/2014
DSS type:Help on this termNational Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
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The Alcohol and other drug treatment services national minimum data set (NMDS) is nationally mandated for collection and reporting.

Publicly funded government and non-government agencies providing alcohol and/or drug treatment services. Including community-based ambulatory services and outpatient services.

The following services are currently not included in the coverage:

  • services based in prisons and other correctional institutions;
  • agencies that provide primarily accommodation or overnight stays such as 'sobering-up shelters' and 'half-way houses';
  • agencies that provide services concerned primarily with health promotion;
  • needle and syringe programs;
  • agencies whose sole function is to provide prescribing and/or dosing of methadone; and
  • acute care and psychiatric hospitals, or alcohol and drug treatment units that report to the Admitted patient care NMDS and do not provide treatment to non-admitted patients.

Clients who are on a methadone maintenance program may be included in the collection where they also receive other types of treatment.

Collection and usage attributes

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Completed treatment episodes for clients who participate in a treatment type as specified in the data element Main treatment type for alcohol and other drugs.

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Data to be reported in each agency on completed treatment episode and then forwarded to state/territory authorities for collation.

National reporting requirements

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collation, on an annual basis.

Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated

Financial years ending 30 June each year.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2015
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2018
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Glossary items

Glossary terms that are relevant to this National minimum data set are included here.

Cessation of treatment episode for alcohol and other drugs

Source and reference attributes

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National Health Information Group

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2013-15 Health, Superseded 13/11/2014

Has been superseded by Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2018-19 Health, Standardisation pending 22/08/2018, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

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Seq No.Help on this termMetadata itemHelp on this term ObligationHelp on this term Max occursHelp on this term
-Statistical linkage key 581 clusterMandatory1
-Address—Australian postcode, Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}Mandatory1
-Address—statistical area, level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9)Mandatory1
-Client—injecting drug use status, code NConditional1
-Client—method of drug use (principal drug of concern), code NConditional1
-Episode of treatment for alcohol and other drugs—cessation reason, code N[N]Mandatory1
-Episode of treatment for alcohol and other drugs—client type, code NMandatory1
-Episode of treatment for alcohol and other drugs—drug of concern (other), (ASCDC 2011 extended) code NNNNConditional5
-Episode of treatment for alcohol and other drugs—drug of concern (principal), (ASCDC 2011 extended) code NNNNConditional1
-Episode of treatment for alcohol and other drugs—referral source, code NNMandatory1
-Episode of treatment for alcohol and other drugs—service delivery setting, code NMandatory1
-Episode of treatment for alcohol and other drugs—treatment cessation date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Episode of treatment for alcohol and other drugs—treatment commencement date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Episode of treatment for alcohol and other drugs—treatment type (main), code NMandatory1
-Episode of treatment for alcohol and other drugs—treatment type (other), code NMandatory4
-Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNNMandatory1
-Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2011) NNNNMandatory1
-Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
-Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Person—preferred language, code (ASCL 2011) NN{NN}Mandatory1
-Person—sex, code NMandatory1
-Person—usual accommodation type prior to service episode, code NN{.N}Mandatory1
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