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Address—Australian state/territory identifier

430132 | Data Element Concept | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An identifier of the state or territory of an address.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Early Childhood, Housing assistance, WA Health, Disability
Superseded: Health

Address—statistical area

457285 | Data Element Concept
A designated region with a pre-determined population used for describing location and contact details. Based on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) structure of six hierarchical statistical area levels comprised in ascending order.
Superseded: Health, Early Childhood
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability, Children and Families
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Person (name)—family name

269711 | Data Element Concept
That part of a name a person usually has in common with some other members of his/her family, as distinguished from his/her given names.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Tasmanian Health, Indigenous, WA Health, Disability

Person (name)—given name

269709 | Data Element Concept
The person's identifying name(s) within the family group or by which the person is socially identified.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Tasmanian Health, Indigenous, WA Health, Disability

Person (name)—name title

269708 | Data Element Concept
An honorific form of address, commencing a name, used when addressing a person by name, whether by mail, by phone, or in person.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Community Services (retired), Indigenous, Disability, Tasmanian Health

Person—date of death

287299 | Data Element Concept
The date of death of the person.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Community Services (retired), WA Health, Disability

Person—geographic remoteness

422452 | Data Element Concept
The remoteness of a location at which a person lives, based on the physical road distance to the nearest urban centre and its population size.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability, Commonwealth Department of Health
Superseded: Health

Person—Indigenous status

269618 | Data Element Concept
Indigenous Status is a measure of whether a person identifies as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin. 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Superseded: Health, Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Tasmanian Health, Indigenous, Disability
Standard: Community Services (retired), Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, WA Health, Children and Families

Person—informal carer existence indicator

320937 | Data Element Concept
Whether a person has an informal carer.
Superseded: Health, Disability
Standard: Community Services (retired)


269716 | Data Element Concept
Sex is the biological distinction between male and female. Where there is an inconsistency between anatomical and chromosomal characteristics, sex is based on anatomical characteristics.
Superseded: Health, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Indigenous, Tasmanian Health
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Commonwealth Department of Health, WA Health, Disability, Children and Families
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)
Qualified: Youth Justice


323306 | Data Element Concept
An identifier for a record.
Standard: Community Services (retired), WA Health
Superseded: Health, Disability

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