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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.

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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.

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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'.

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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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AUDIT-C score of risky alcohol consumption cluster (dischargee)

696837 | Data Set Specification | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The AUDIT-C score of risky alcohol consumption cluster (dischargee) is used to provide a score on the World Health Organization's Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-C (AUDIT-C) screening instrument. The data elements in this cluster relate to alcohol use prior to most recent imprisonment only. The AUDIT-C is a reliable and simple screening tool which is sensitive to the early detection of risky and high-risk (or hazardous and harmful) drinking. The AUDIT-C is a subset of the AUDIT.
Qualified: Health

Elective surgery waiting times cluster

761015 | Data Set Specification
The scope of the Elective surgery waiting times data element cluster is patients on elective surgery waiting lists managed by public acute hospitals, in either category 1 or 2 of the data element Elective surgery waiting list episode—reason for removal from a waiting list, code N.This will include private patients treated in public hospitals, and may include public patients treated in private hospitals.Hospitals may also collect information for other care (as defined in the data element Elective...
Qualified: Health

Sentinel events NBEDS

759410 | Data Set Specification
The scope of the Sentinel event national best endeavours data set (SE NBEDS) is to collect data about sentinel events experienced by patients in government health establishments. A sentinel event is a particular type of serious incident that is wholly preventable and has caused serious harm to, or the death of, a patient.To be classified a sentinel event, a strict set of criteria need to be met:The event should not have occurred where preventive barriers are availableThe event is easily recognis...
Qualified: Health

Sex of prison entrants cluster

696763 | Data Set Specification | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The Sex of prison entrants cluster defines the number of males and females entering Australia's prisons during the National Prisoner Health Data Collection period.
Qualified: Health

Statistical Area Level 1 of usual residence NBEDS 2023–24

756423 | Data Set Specification
The scope of the Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) of usual residence national best endeavours data set is records for episodes of care for patients reported against health metadata sets (including national minimum data sets and national best endeavours data sets) provided by states and territories to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Qualified: Health

Surveillance of healthcare associated infection: Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection NBPDS

752224 | Data Set Specification
The purpose of this National best practice data set (NBPDS) is to support a comprehensive surveillance program of healthcare associated infections (HAI). HAIs are those infections that are not present or incubating at the time of admission to a healthcare program or facility, develop within a healthcare organisation or are produced by micro-organisms acquired during admission.This NBPDS is intended to support Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection (SABSI) surveillance in Australian hospital...
Qualified: Health

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