This search engine is the best way to find what you're after in METEOR, if you know what you're looking for. However, if you aren't sure what you're looking for, we suggest browsing the collection.

If you are using METEOR without an account, your search can be restricted by metadata item type, the main types of registration statuses, and by registration authority. It is also possible to search on METEOR ID number directly. You can save items of interest by adding bookmarks.

If you are logged in to METEOR as a metadata developer, you will have some additional options to restrict the search by. In addition to metadata item type and registration authority, you can restrict your search to the full range of registration status options, change date and workgroup. If you need access as a metadata developer and haven't done the training yet, please contact us.

When you type into the search box, you will get autocomplete suggestions. This predictive text will help you see the METEOR entries that exist for the topic you're searching on, and make your searching process faster and easier.

METEOR has a great many filters. The options directly below the search text box provide ways of limiting your search to all of the 18 content types in METEOR (see Learn about metadata to view the full list), item creation dates, and item revision dates. The 'Topic' content type will search the 'non-database' pages in METEOR, and 'Help' will search all of the 'information' pop-up information boxes that are linked to each item.

  • Content Types (eg data element, glossary item, value domain, data quality statement, indicator, classification scheme)
  • Created or Revision Dates (eg Last hour, Today, This week, Last month, This year, and specific date ranges)

To search the 'non-metadata' content of the METEOR website, such as the pages explaining what metadata items are, restrict your search results to 'Topic'.

You can also sort the results of your search on a range of options:

  • Relevance
  • Most / Least recently created
  • Most / Least recently updated
  • Alphabetical order (A–Z or Z–A)

You can further narrow down your results with the results categories that appear on the left side of the screen. These are: Registration Authority Status (Standard, Incomplete, Candidate, Superseded), Registration Authorities, Content Type, Stewards, Registration Statuses, and Submitting Organisations.

The 'Clear' button resets the Search page.

If you need to get finely-tuned results, this search engine uses Lucene search syntax. You can restrict your search to the titles of items by using Name: Searchterm, for instance, or hide words such as 'for' from the search by using backslashes, for example: \for\. Use "quote marks" to get an exact match with a word.

You can also use asterisks * for a wildcard search, which allows the search engine to replace any content with the asterisk. The METEOR wildcard search requires a precise format. It can only be inserted inside or at the end of a word, with at least one letter next to it (but not at the front of a word). The wildcard standing in isolation will also not work. For instance, ca*e* will bring up results for 'care', 'category', 'calendar' and 'cancer', while *cer or cancer * will not bring up any results.


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Birth event

268965 | Object Class | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The sequence of actions by which a baby and the afterbirth (placenta) are expelled or extracted from the uterus at childbirth. The process usually starts spontaneously about 280 days after conception with onset of labour, but it may be started by artificial means.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Indigenous


268969 | Object Class | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A person, group or organisation eligible to receive services either directly or indirectly from an agency.
Superseded: Health, Housing assistance, Homelessness, Indigenous, Disability
Standard: Community Services (retired)

Episode of residential care

533521 | Object Class
The period of care between the start of residential care (either through the formal start of the residential stay or the start of a new reference period) and the end of the residential care (either through the formal end of residential care or the end of the reference period, i.e. 30 June).
Superseded: Health
Standard: Indigenous


268977 | Object Class
A group of two or more related or unrelated people who usually reside in the same dwelling, and who make common provision for food or other essentials for living; or a single person living in a dwelling who makes provision for his or her own food and other essentials for living, without combining with any other person.
Standard: Health, Housing assistance, Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired)
Superseded: Community Services (retired)

Mental health phase of care

618141 | Object Class | Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
A distinct clinical period which reflects the goal of treatment of mental illness.
Standard: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
Superseded: Health

Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode

474114 | Object Class | National reference group for non-admitted patient data development, 2001-02
The treatment or care between when a patient presents at an emergency department and when the non-admitted patient emergency department clinical care ends.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Tasmanian Health, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Non-admitted patient service event

400604 | Object Class
An interaction between one or more healthcare provider(s) with one non-admitted patient, which must contain therapeutic/clinical content and result in a dated entry in the patient's medical record.
Superseded: Health, Tasmanian Health
Standard: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Product of birth

684793 | Object Class | National Perinatal Data Development Committee
The product of conception that has been completely expelled or extracted from the female, where the product can be a live born or stillborn baby.
Superseded: Health, Indigenous
Standard: Tasmanian Health

Service contact

268983 | Object Class
A contact between a patient/client and an ambulatory care health unit (including outpatient and community health units) which results in a dated entry being made in the patient/client record.
Superseded: Health
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)
Standard: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

State or Territory Government

301333 | Object Class
A separately constituted legal entity established by political processes which have legislative, judicial or executive authority over a specific state or territory and is responsible for the governance, administration and financial management of that state or territory.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Community Services (retired)

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