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Address—Australian postcode, Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}

429894 | Data Element
The Australian numeric descriptor for a postal delivery area for an address.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, WA Health, Commonwealth Department of Health, Disability, Children and Families
Superseded: Early Childhood, Health, Homelessness, Indigenous
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Episode of admitted patient care—admission mode, code N

269976 | Data Element
The mechanism by which a person begins an episode of care, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health

Episode of admitted patient care—diagnosis related group, code (AR-DRG v 6) ANNA

391295 | Data Element
A patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the number and types of patients treated in a hospital to the resources required by the hospital, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health

Episode of admitted patient care—intended length of hospital stay, code N

270399 | Data Element
The intention of the responsible clinician at the time of the patient's admission to hospital or at the time the patient is placed on an elective surgery waiting list, to discharge the patient either on the day of admission or a subsequent date, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health

Episode of admitted patient care—major diagnostic category, code (AR-DRG v 6) NN

391298 | Data Element | Department of Health and Ageing, Acute and Co-ordinated Care Branch
The category into which the patient's diagnosis and the associated Australian refined diagnosis related group (ARDG) falls, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health
Superseded: Tasmanian Health

Episode of admitted patient care—number of leave days, total N[NN]

270251 | Data Element
Sum of the length of leave (date returned from leave minus date went on leave) for all periods within the hospital stay.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Episode of admitted patient care—patient election status, code N

326619 | Data Element | Admitted patient care NMDS Technical Reference Group
Accommodation chargeable status elected by a patient on admission, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Episode of admitted patient care—referral source, public psychiatric hospital code NN

269947 | Data Element
Source from which the person was transferred/referred to the public psychiatric hospital, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health

Episode of admitted patient care—separation date, DDMMYYYY

270025 | Data Element
The date on which an admitted patient completes an episode of care, expressed as DDMMYYYY.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Establishment—number of group sessions, total N[NNNNN]

336900 | Data Element | Non-admitted patient NMDS Development Working Party, 2006
The total number of groups of patients receiving services. Each group is to be counted once, irrespective of the size of the group of patients or the number of staff providing services.
Standard: Health, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Establishment—number of occasions of service, total N[NNNNNN]

336947 | Data Element | Non-admitted patient NMDS Development Working Party, 2006
The total number of occasions of examination, consultation, treatment or other service provided to a patient.
Standard: Health

Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNN

269973 | Data Element
The identifier for the establishment in which an episode or event occurred. Each separately administered health care establishment to have a unique identifier at the national level.
Standard: Health, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, WA Health
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Establishment—organisation identifier (state/territory), NNNNN

269975 | Data Element
An identifier for an establishment, unique within the state or territory.
Standard: Health
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Establishment—outpatient clinic type, code N[N]

336952 | Data Element | Non-admitted patient NMDS Development Working Group, 2006
The organisational unit or organisational arrangement through which a hospital provides healthcare services in an outpatient setting, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health

Establishment—region identifier, X[X]

269940 | Data Element
An alphanumeric identifier for the location of health services in a defined geographic or administrative area.
Standard: Health
Qualified: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Establishment—sector, code N

269977 | Data Element
A section of the health care industry with which a health care establishment can identify, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health
Qualified: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Person—age, total years N[NN]

303794 | Data Element | National Public Health Information Working Group
The age of the person in (completed) years at a specific point in time.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Tasmanian Health, WA Health, Indigenous, Children and Families
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYY

287007 | Data Element
The date of birth of the person, expressed as DDMMYYYY.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Tasmanian Health, WA Health, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Indigenous, Commonwealth Department of Health, Disability, Children and Families, Youth Justice
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Person—Indigenous status, code N

291036 | Data Element
Whether a person identifies as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, as represented by a code. This is in accord with the first two of three components of the Commonwealth definition.
Superseded: Health, Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Tasmanian Health, Indigenous, Disability, Children and Families
Standard: Community Services (retired), WA Health, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]

290046 | Data Element
Person identifier unique within an establishment or agency.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Early Childhood, Indigenous, Disability, Youth Justice
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Person—sex, code N

287316 | Data Element
The biological distinction between male and female, as represented by a code.
Superseded: Health, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Indigenous
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Disability, Children and Families
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Person—weight (measured), total grams NNNN

310245 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The weight (body mass) of a person measured in grams.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

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