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Hypertensive disorder during pregnancy

733548 | Glossary Item
Hypertensive disorder during pregnancy includes pre-existing hypertensive disorders, hypertension arising in pregnancy and associated disorders such as eclampsia and preeclampsia. Hypertension in pregnancy is defined as: 1. Systolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 140 mmHg and/or 2. Diastolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 90 mmHg. Measurements should be confirmed by repeated readings over several hours. Elevations of both systolic and diastolic blood pressures have been associa...
Standard: Health

Hypertensive disorder during pregnancy

523104 | Glossary Item
Hypertensive disorder during pregnancy includes pre-existing hypertensive disorders, hypertension arising in pregnancy and associated disorders such as eclampsia and preeclampsia. Hypertension in pregnancy is defined as: 1. Systolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 140 mmHg and/or 2. Diastolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 90 mmHg. Measurements should be confirmed by repeated readings over several hours. Elevations of both systolic and diastolic blood pressures have been associa...
Superseded: Health
Standard: Tasmanian Health

Hypoglycaemia

327320 | Glossary Item
An abnormally low level of glucose in the blood, which occurs when the blood glucose level falls to values low enough to cause symptoms and signs.
Standard: Health

Illicit drug

413485 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An illicit drug is defined as any drug which is illegal to possess or use or any legal drug used in an illegal manner, for example: a drug obtained on prescription but given or sold to another person to use glue or petrol which is sold legally, but is used in a manner that is not intended, such as inhaling fumes stolen pharmaceuticals sold on the black market (e.g. Pethidine)
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired)

Immunohistochemistry

523027 | Glossary Item
Immunohistochemistry is a technique used in the evaluation of pathology specimens to analyse and identify cell types based on the binding of antibodies to specific components (antigens) of the cell. The antigens are demonstrated in tissues by the use of markers that are either fluorescent dyes or enzymes such as horseradish peroxide. Immunohistochemistry may be useful, for example, to distinguish between primary and metastatic tumours, identify where the tumour originated if the primary is unkno...
Standard: Health

Immunotherapy

437322 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
The application of immunologic knowledge and techniques to prevent and treat disease.
Standard: Health

Impairment of body function

327290 | Glossary Item
Impairments of body function are problems in body function such as a loss or significant departure from population standards or averages.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired)

Impairment of body structure

327288 | Glossary Item
Impairments of body structure are problems in body structure such as a loss or significant departure from population standards or averages.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability

Income unit

327218 | Glossary Item | Australian Bureau of Statistics
One person or a group of related persons within a household, whose command over income is shared, or any person living in a non-private dwelling who is in receipt of personal income. Income units are restricted to relationships of marriage (registered or de facto) and of parent/dependent child who usually resides in the same household. This means that an income unit can be defined as: a married couple or sole parent, and dependent children only; or a married couple only with no dependent child...
Standard: Community Services (retired)

Indigenous regular client

737993 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Indigenous regular client refers to an Indigenous client of an Australian Government Department of Health-funded Indigenous-specific primary health care organisation that is required to report against the Indigenous-specific primary health care national Key Performance Indicators who has an active medical record; that is, an Indigenous client who has attended the Department of Health-funded Indigenous-specific primary health care organisation at least 3 times in 2 years.
Standard: Indigenous

Individual advocacy

721769 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Individual advocacy includes services that seek to represent the rights and interests of people with a mental illness, on a one-to-one basis, by addressing instances of discrimination, abuse and neglect. Individual advocates work with people with mental illness on either a short-term or issue-specific basis. Individual advocates: work with people with mental illness requiring one-to-one advocacy support develop a plan of action (sometimes called an individual advocacy plan), in partnership wi...
Standard: Health

Inflammatory bowel disease

697238 | Glossary Item | Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
A group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (NICE 2011).
Standard: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Informal carer

353420 | Glossary Item
An informal carer includes any person, such as a family member, friend or neighbour, who is giving regular, ongoing assistance to another person.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability

Initial health check

532593 | Glossary Item | Research, Evaluation and Data Working Group (REDWG).
Initial health checks aim to ensure children and young people receive effective and coordinated health care upon entering the care of the Minister/Chief Executive. Checks are conducted by a health professional and aim to identify any significant health issues and any follow up treatment or specialist referrals required. Health professionals may conduct assessments across four domains: physical (e.g. health, nutrition, dental, vision and hearing); developmental; psychosocial; and mental health. T...
Standard: Children and Families

Intensive care liaison nurses

593896 | Glossary Item | Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care/Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Nurses who are trained to provide specialised support services to ward staff caring for acutely ill patients.
Standard: Health

Intensive care unit

327234 | Glossary Item | National Intensive Care Working Group.
An intensive care unit (ICU) is a designated ward of a hospital which is specially staffed and equipped to provide observation, care and treatment to patients with actual or potential life-threatening illnesses, injuries or complications, from which recovery is possible. The ICU provides special expertise and facilities for the support of vital functions and utilises the skills of medical, nursing and other staff trained and experienced in the management of these problems.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Intercountry adoption

749058 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Intercountry adoptions are adoptions of children from countries other than Australia, who are legally able to be placed for adoption but who generally have had no previous contact with the adoptive parent(s). There are four categories of intercountry adoptions: Hague adoption, bilateral adoption, known child intercountry adoption and ad-hoc adoption. These are classified as either 'program adoptions' (Hague or bilateral) or 'non-program adoptions' (known child or ad-hoc) according to whether the...
Standard: Children and Families

Investigation (child protection)

367345 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An investigation is the process whereby state and territory child protection and support services obtain more detailed information about a child who is subject of a notification and make assessment about the harm or degree of harm to the child and the child's protective needs. An investigation includes the interviewing or sighting of the subject child where it is practicable to do so.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Children and Families

Juvenile detention centre

398978 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A place administered and operated by a department responsible for juvenile justice, where young people under the age of 18 years are detained while under the supervision of the department on a pre-sentence or sentenced detention episode.
Standard: Health

Known child adoption

749082 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An adoption of a child/children who were born or permanently residing in Australia before the adoption, who have a pre-existing relationship with the adoptive parent(s) and who are generally not able to be adopted by anyone other than the adoptive parent(s). These types of adoptions are broken down into the following categories, depending on the child’s relationship to the adoptive parent(s): step-parent, relative(s), carer and other.
Standard: Children and Families

Known child intercountry adoption

749060 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A non-program intercountry adoption where the child and the applicant had a pre-existing relationship prior to the adoption that allowed the adoption to occur. Without this relationship, the child would not generally be able to be adopted by the applicant through an intercountry adoption process.
Standard: Children and Families

Landlord

327178 | Glossary Item
Landlord is the legal entity with which the tenant obtains the contractual right to occupy dwelling space as a home.
Standard: Housing assistance

Late effect

580923 | Glossary Item
A persistent complication, disability or adverse outcome that appears after the acute stage of a disease has resolved (excluding a recurrence or progression of disease). This may be as a result of the treatment, the disease process, or both. Examples of late effects are infertility, hyperthyroidism, fatigue, scoliosis and cognitive impairment.
Standard: Health

Leave period

327156 | Glossary Item
Leave period is a temporary absence from hospital, with medical approval for a period no greater than seven consecutive days.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Leaving care plan (Out-of-Home Care)

532569 | Glossary Item | Research, Evaluation and Data Working Group (REDWG).
A leaving care plan (also called a transition from care plan) is developed in preparation for the young person exiting care into independent living. Leaving care plans are developed in agreement with the child/young person and usually include: Goals/objectives; Needs assessment including: accommodation, education/training, employment, health and living skills; Planned measures/actions; Family contact arrangements/relationship connections; Income support; and Post-care suppo...
Standard: Children and Families

Live birth

327248 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Data Development Committee, National Perinatal Data Advisory Committee.
A live birth is defined by the World Health Organization to be the complete expulsion or extraction from the mother of a baby, irrespective of the duration of the pregnancy, which, after such separation, breathes or shows any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of the voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached. Each product of such a birth is considered live born.
Superseded: Health, Indigenous
Standard: Tasmanian Health

Live birth

733187 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Data Development Committee, National Perinatal Data Advisory Committee.
A live birth is defined by the World Health Organization to be the complete expulsion or extraction from the mother of a baby, irrespective of the duration of the pregnancy, which, after such separation, breathes or shows any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of the voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached. Each product of such a birth is considered live born.
Standard: Health, Indigenous, Tasmanian Health

Living in the household (Child protection)

748840 | Glossary Item
Persons (other than the approved carers) are deemed to be 'living in the household' if they permanently, usually or occasionally reside (or intended to reside) in the household or care facility. Such persons could include carers' partners, family members (e.g. siblings) or children in care in the same placement.
Standard: Children and Families

Local adoption

749062 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An adoption of a child/children born or permanently residing in Australia before the adoption who are legally able to be placed for adoption but who generally have had no previous contact or relationship with the adoptive parent(s).
Standard: Children and Families

Local Government Area

354357 | Glossary Item
A spatial unit which represents the whole geographical area of responsibility of an incorporated Local Government Council, an Aboriginal or Island Council in Queensland, or a Community Government Council (CGC) in the Northern Territory.
Standard: Community Services (retired)

Local Hospital Network

711144 | Glossary Item
One of a number of separate legal entities established by each Australian state/territory government in order to devolve operational management for public hospitals, and accountability for local service delivery, to the local level. Local Hospital Networks (LHNs) directly manage single or small groups of public hospital services and their budgets, and are directly responsible for hospital performance under the Performance and Accountability Framework outlined in Schedule D of the National Health...
Standard: Health

Macroscopic

545389 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
Large enough to be seen with the naked eye. For example, a macroscopic tumour is able to be seen without the aid of a microscope.
Standard: Health

Medical emergency team

584962 | Glossary Item | Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care/Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A team, usually consisting of specially trained medical practitioners and specialist nurses, which possesses the required skills and equipment to provide a patient with immediate on-site stabilisation and management, and to start discussions on appropriate limitations to medical intervention if indicated (for example, implementation of a 'Do not attempt to resuscitate' or 'Not for resuscitation' order).
Standard: Health

Medical imaging

525782 | Glossary Item
The production of visual representations of body parts, tissues, or organs, for use in clinical diagnosis. Computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasounds are examples of medical imaging techniques.
Standard: Health

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) service provider

608802 | Glossary Item
To be eligible to provide medical service which will attract Medicare benefits, or to provide services for or on behalf of another practitioner, practitioners must meet one of the following criteria: (a) be a recognised specialist, consultant physician or general practitioner; or (b) be in an approved placement under section 3GA of the Health Insurance Act 1973; or (c) be a temporary resident doctor with an exemption under section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973, and working in accord with...
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Medicare provider stem number

609680 | Glossary Item
A stem number is the unique identifier for a Medicare provider and is up to six numeric characters in length. Added to this stem number is a single digit alphanumeric character which denotes the practice location, followed by an alpha character which is a check character. From a technical perspective and for data storage purposes, the provider six digit stem number is often referred to as the provider identifier.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Memorandum of understanding

578295 | Glossary Item
Agreements between services that outline agreed protocols and arrangements for referral, support and other relevant interagency issues.
Standard: Indigenous

Mental health care

575321 | Glossary Item | Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
Care in which the primary clinical purpose or treatment goal is improvement in the symptoms and/or psychosocial, environmental and physical functioning related to a patient's mental disorder. Mental health care: is delivered under the management of, or regularly informed by, a clinician with specialised expertise in mental health; is evidenced by an individualised formal mental health assessment and the implementation of a documented mental health plan; and may include significant psychosocia...
Standard: Health
Qualified: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Mental health carer

515278 | Glossary Item
A person who has a caring role for a person with a mental health problem or mental illness. They could be family, friends or staff and be paid or unpaid. The role of the carer is not necessarily static or permanent, and may vary over time according to the needs of the consumer and carer.
Standard: Health

Mental health carer workers

717103 | Glossary Item
Persons employed (or engaged via contract) on a part-time or full-time paid basis, where the person is specifically employed for the expertise developed from their lived experience as a mental health carer. Mental health carer workers include the job titles of, but not limited to, carer consultants, peer support workers, carer support workers, carer representatives and carer advocates. Roles that mental health carer workers may perform include, but are not limited to: Participation in mental h...
Standard: Health

Mental health consumer

515275 | Glossary Item
A person who uses or has used a mental health service.
Standard: Health

Mental health consumer workers

450727 | Glossary Item
Persons employed (or engaged via contract) on a part-time or full-time paid basis, where the person is specifically employed for the expertise developed from their lived experience of mental illness. Mental health consumer workers include the job titles of, but not limited to, consumer consultants, peer support workers, peer specialists, consumer companions, consumer representatives, consumer project officers and recovery support workers. Roles that mental health consumer workers may perform in...
Standard: Health

Mental health disorder

403575 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A clinically diagnosable disorder that significantly interferes with an individual’s cognitive, emotional or social abilities. The diagnosis of mental illness is generally made according to the classifications systems of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) or the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired)

Mental health phase of care

682464 | Glossary Item
The prospective primary goal of treatment within an episode of care in terms of the recognised phases of mental health care. Whilst it is recognised that there may be aspects of each mental health phase of care represented in the consumer’s mental health plan, the mental health phase of care is intended to identify the main goal or aim that will underpin the next period of care. The mental health phase of care is independent of both the treatment setting and the designation of the treating servi...
Standard: Health

Mental health promotion

721782 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Mental health promotion includes services that operate on a population level which aim to raise awareness of mental health issues, improve mental health literacy, reduce stigma and discrimination and maximise the population's mental health and well-being. Mental health promotion may include programs targeted to population segments, based on age (e.g. early childhood) or setting (e.g. school or workplace), as well as initiatives to educate the general population. This category also includes commu...
Standard: Health

Mental health-funded non-government organisation

327446 | Glossary Item
A private organisation that receives Australian Government and/or State/Territory funding specifically for the provision of community health and related support and information services for people with a mental disorder or psychiatric disability, their carers or the broader community. These include accommodation, advocacy, community awareness, health promotion, counselling, independent living skills, psychosocial, recreation, residential, respite and self-help services.
Standard: Health

Mental illness prevention

721785 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Mental illness prevention includes services that work to prevent the onset of mental disorders, in order to reduce the incidence and prevalence of mental illness in the community. Mental illness prevention activities are directed at reducing known risk factors and/or preventing people that display early signs of mental illness from developing a diagnosable mental illness. These activities can be either population-wide or targeted at vulnerable segments of the community. In contrast to Mental hea...
Standard: Health

Middle ear

529970 | Glossary Item
The middle ear begins with the eardrum at the end of the ear canal. The middle ear contains three tiny bones, called the ossicles. These three bones form a connection from the eardrum to the inner ear. As sound waves hit the eardrum, the eardrum moves back and forth causing the ossicles to move. As a result, the sound wave is changed to a mechanical vibration.
Standard: Indigenous

Midwifery caseload

562448 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit
A model of maternity care where women have a primary midwife assigned to them throughout pregnancy, labour and birth and the postnatal period. Each midwife has an agreed number (caseload) of women per year and acts as a second or "back-up" midwife for women who have another midwife as their primary carer. Caseload midwives usually work on a 24-hour on-call basis (this may be organised within a group) and may be employed on an annualised salary. This is also known as a midwifery continuity of car...
Standard: Health

Molecular pathology

523059 | Glossary Item
Molecular pathology is the study and diagnosis of disease through the examination of genetic and molecular abnormalities. It endeavours to explain why a given genetic change results in particular clinical phenotype. Molecular pathology testing is performed on a patient's tissue sample and includes techniques such as, for example, oligonucleotide array sequence analysis of gene expression patterns in disease states and the detection of mutations with polymerase chain reaction.
Standard: Health

Multidisciplinary case conference

614408 | Glossary Item | Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
Meetings or discussions held concurrently between health-care providers from different professions or specialisations, arranged in advance, to discuss a patient in detail, and to coordinate care. The meeting may involve discussion of an individual patient's case or multiple patient cases. Multidisciplinary case conferences ensure that a patient’s multidisciplinary care needs are met through a planned and coordinated approach.
Standard: Health, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Mutual support and self-help

721759 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Mutual support and self-help includes services that provide information and peer support to people with a lived experience of mental illness. People meet to discuss shared experiences, coping strategies and to provide information and referrals (Metropolitan Health and Aged Care Services Division 2003). Self-help groups are usually formed by peers who have come together for mutual support and to accomplish a specific purpose (Solomon 2004).
Standard: Health

Myringoplasty

574902 | Glossary Item
The surgical repair of perforations of the tympanic membrane with a tissue graft, performed to correct hearing loss. With the patient under local or general anaesthesia, the openings in the tympanic membrane are enlarged and the grafting material is sutured over them.
Standard: Indigenous

Myringotomy

574904 | Glossary Item
A surgical incision of the tympanic membrane, performed to relieve pressure and release pus or fluid from the middle ear. The tympanic membrane is incised, and cultures may be taken; fluid is gently suctioned from the middle ear.
Standard: Indigenous

National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services: National Elective Surgery Target (NEST) - Calculating overdue patients with the longest waits

481100 | Glossary Item
Calculating the 'tail' (the 10% of overdue patients who have waited the longest) The 'tail' is the list of patients who meet the criteria at National Health Reform Agreement—National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services (NPA IPHS), Clause A26(c). As per the NPA IPHS, the baseline for calculating the 'tail' will be 10% of overdue patients who have waited the longest as at 31 December prior to the reporting year. The 'tail' is 10% plus ties, meaning all patients due on that ...
Standard: Health

NDA service type outlet

501973 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A service type outlet is the unit of the funded agency that delivers a particular National Disability Agreement (NDA) service type at or from a discrete location.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability

NDA service user

502689 | Glossary Item | National Disability Data Network (NDDN)
A National Disability Agreement (NDA) service user is a person with a disability who received one or more NDA-funded services during the reporting period (e.g. the financial year).
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability

Neonatal death

327250 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Data Development Committee
The death of a live birth which occurs during the first 28 days of life. This may be subdivided into early neonatal deaths, occurring during the first seven days of life, and late neonatal deaths, occurring after the seventh day but before 28 completed days of life.
Standard: Health

Neonate

327284 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Data Development Committee, National Perinatal Data Advisory Committee
A live birth who is less than 28 days old.
Standard: Health

Newborn qualification status

327254 | Glossary Item
Qualification status indicates whether the patient day within a newborn episode of care is either qualified or unqualified.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Non-cash housing assistance expenses

497114 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Non-cash expenses incurred by a service provider organisation through the provision of housing assistance. These expenses include: loss on disposal of assets loss on revaluation of assets impairment expenses assets and services provided free of charge cost of sale of inventory grants and subsidies.
Standard: Housing assistance

Non-conventional accommodation

401040 | Glossary Item
Non-conventional accommodation is defined as: Living on the streets. Sleeping in parks. Squatting. Using cars or railway carriages. Improvised dwellings. Long grass.
Standard: Housing assistance

Non-dependent child

351506 | Glossary Item | Australian Bureau of Statistics
A person aged 15 or more, who is a child of a couple or lone parent, who is not a full-time student aged 15-24 years, and who has no identified partner or child of his/her own.
Standard: Community Services (retired)

Non-elective care

327252 | Glossary Item | Hospital access program waiting lists working group
Care that, in the opinion of the treating clinician, is necessary and admission for which cannot be delayed for more than 24 hours.
Standard: Health

Non-financial asset

327196 | Glossary Item
A non-financial asset is an entity functioning as a store of value, over which ownership may be derived over a period of time, and which is not a financial asset.
Standard: Health, Housing assistance

Non-Hague adoption

749064 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An intercountry adoption where the Hague Convention had not entered into force in the adoptive child's country of origin before the file of the applicant(s) was sent.
Standard: Children and Families

Non-Individual Patient Attributable (NIPA) Activity

706430 | Glossary Item | Allied Health Professions Australia
Any clinical care activities that cannot be assigned to an individual patient. These activities may include, but are not limited to: any profession defined intervention which cannot be directly related to a specific patient any other intervention which cannot be directly related to a specific patient (except travel) any travel activity associated with clinical care which cannot be directly related to a specific patient
Standard: Health

Non-ST-segment-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTEACS) (Acute coronary syndromes clinical care standard)

629404 | Glossary Item | Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
For the purposes of the Acute coronary syndromes clinical care standard (ACSQHC 2014), a non-ST-segment-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTEACS) is when a myocardial infarction is either short-lived or affects only a small territory of the heart muscle (myocardium). An electrocardiogram (ECG) will often show either no abnormality or subtle changes. It is also known as a non-ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). Unstable angina is also included in the scope of NSTEACS.
Standard: Health

Occupational therapist

717106 | Glossary Item
A person who is registered as an occupational therapist with the relevant Australian registration board to practice in this capacity.
Standard: Health

Offsetting practices

327180 | Glossary Item
As a general rule, offsetting revenue against related expenditure is not good accounting practice and both gross revenue and gross expenditure should be reported. However, it is recognised that there are circumstances (such as hospital to hospital transfers/services) where offsetting is done to avoid the duplication of costs. Where it is difficult to identify specific costs in relation to inter-hospital transfers, the practice of bringing in revenue to inter-hospital services through recoveries ...
Standard: Health

Olivocochlear

574918 | Glossary Item
A fibre tract in the ear called the olivocochlear bundle. It constitutes an efferent system, or feedback loop, by which nerve impulses, thought to be inhibitory, reach the hair cells. This system, which uses acetylcholine as a neurotransmitter, is presumably involved in sharpening, or otherwise modifying hearing.
Standard: Indigenous

Online chat session

518931 | Glossary Item
Any kind of communication over the Internet that offers a real-time direct transmission of text-based messages from sender to receiver, hence the delay for visual access to the sent message shall not hamper the flow of communications in any of the directions.
Standard: Health

Operating theatre

584569 | Glossary Item | Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care/Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A special room in a hospital, where surgical procedures/operations are carried out.
Standard: Health

Ophthalmologist

327364 | Glossary Item
An ophthalmologist is a physician specialising in diagnosing and prescribing treatment for defects, injuries and diseases of the eye, and who is skilled at delicate eye surgery.
Standard: Health

Organ procurement–posthumous

711000 | Glossary Item
An activity undertaken by hospitals in which human tissue is procured for the purpose of transplantation from a donor whose brain function or circulation of blood has permanently stopped.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Osteoarthritis

644538 | Glossary Item | Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
A clinical syndrome of joint pain accompanied by varying degrees of functional limitation and reduced quality of life. Pain, reduced function and effects on a person’s ability to carry out their day-to-day activities can be important consequences. Osteoarthritis is characterised pathologically by localised loss of articular cartilage (cartilage lining the articular ends of the bones), as well as changes to bone and other joint structures and associated inflammation.
Standard: Health

Other diagnostic and health professional

327338 | Glossary Item
Includes qualified staff (other than qualified medical or nursing staff) engaged in duties of a diagnostic, professional or technical nature and covers all allied health professionals and laboratory technicians (but excludes civil engineers and computing staff).
Standard: Health

Other medical officer

717108 | Glossary Item
A person who is a medical officer employed or engaged by the organisation who is not registered to practice psychiatry under the relevant Australian registration board nor is a recognised trainee within the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists postgraduate training program.
Standard: Health

Other non-salary housing assistance expenses

497112 | Glossary Item | Australian Insitute of Health and Welfare
Other non-salary expenses incurred by the service provider organisation through the provision of housing assistance. These expenses include: property-related expenses (e.g. rates, costs of disposals) office supplies and services (e.g. stationery, postage, telephone, office equipment, vehicle expenses, insurance) borrowing costs (e.g. interest) depreciation and amortisation other expenses loss on disposal of assets loss on revaluation of assets impairment expenses assets and services p...
Standard: Housing assistance

Other personal care staff

327162 | Glossary Item
This category includes attendants, assistants or home assistance, home companions, family aides, ward helpers, warders, orderlies, ward assistants and nursing assistants engaged primarily in the provision of personal care to patients or residents, who are not formally qualified or undergoing training in nursing or allied health professions.
Standard: Health

Other surgery

568786 | Glossary Item | National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee
Other surgery is where the procedure cannot be defined as either emergency surgery or elective surgery, for example, transplant surgery and planned obstetrics procedures.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Out-of-home care

735716 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Out-of-home care (OOHC) is overnight care for children aged under 18 who are unable to live with their families due to child safety concerns. This includes placements approved by the department responsible for child protection for which there is ongoing case management and financial payment (including where a financial payment has been offered but has been declined by the carer). Out-of-home care includes legal (court-ordered) and voluntary placements, as well as placements made for the purpose...
Standard: Children and Families

Outcome measurement tool

482613 | Glossary Item
A test or scale used to assess change in relevant areas of a person's life.
Standard: Health

Outpatient clinic service

684477 | Glossary Item | Non-admitted patient NMDS Development Working Party, 2006
An examination, consultation, treatment or other service provided in an outpatient setting in a specialty unit or under an organisational arrangement administered by a hospital.
Standard: Health

Overhead staff

481223 | Glossary Item
Staff that work at the organisational level in roles only administratively or managerially related to service provision. Overhead staff do not engage in direct service provision to clients, patients or consumers, although this does not imply that these roles do not have an impact on service delivery.
Standard: Health

Overnight-stay patient

327256 | Glossary Item
A patient who, following a clinical decision, receives hospital treatment for a minimum of one night, i.e. who is admitted to and separated from the hospital on different dates.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Palliative care

522938 | Glossary Item
Palliative care is defined as the active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. The control of pain, of other symptoms and of psychological, social and spiritual problems is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families. The point of transition to palliative care is when treatment goals become focussed on improving quality of life. However, the transition does not imply a discontinuation o...
Standard: Health

Palliative care agency

356474 | Glossary Item | Palliative Care Intergovernmental Forum
A palliative care agency is an organisation or organisational sub-unit that provides specialist palliative care and receives Australian or state/territory government funding (including Australian Health Care Agreement funding), or does not provide specialist palliative care but receives Australian Health Care Agreement funding to provide care incorporating a palliative approach or palliative care-related services.
Standard: Health

Palliative care phase

681549 | Glossary Item | Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
The palliative care phase identifies a clinically meaningful period in a patient's condition. The palliative care phase is determined by a holistic clinical assessment which considers the needs of the patients and their family and carers. An episode of admitted patient palliative care may comprise a single phase or multiple phases, depending on changes in the patient's condition. Phases are not sequential and a patient may move back and forth between phases within the one episode of admitted pat...
Standard: Health, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Palliative care phase

647046 | Glossary Item | Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
The palliative care phase refers to a distinct clinical period which reflects the stage of the patient's illness. Palliative care phase provides a good indication of the type of care required by a palliative care patient. An episode of admitted patient palliative care may comprise of a single phase or multiple phases, depending on changes in the patient's condition. Phases are not sequential and a patient may move back and forth between phases within the one episode of admitted patient palliativ...
Standard: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Palliative care phase

497358 | Glossary Item | Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
The stage of a patient's illness. The palliative care phase refers to a distinct clinical period which reflects the stage of the patient's illness. Palliative care phase provides a good indication of the type of care required by a palliative care patient. An episode of admitted patient palliative care may comprise of a single phase or multiple phases, depending on changes in the patient's condition. Phases are not sequential and a patient may move back and forth between phases within the one ep...
Superseded: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Parent

604899 | Glossary Item
Parent is defined as a natural or substitute parent (spouse or natural parent, adoptive parent or spouse of an adoptive parent) who has an ongoing legal responsibility for the care and protection of a child.
Standard: Health

Participation - functioning, disability and health

327312 | Glossary Item
In the context of health, participation is involvement in a life situation.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability

Patient presentation at emergency department

327262 | Glossary Item
The presentation of a patient at an emergency department occurs following the arrival of the patient at the emergency department and is the earliest occasion of being: registered clerically; or triaged.
Standard: Health

Peer worker

481073 | Glossary Item
A person who is employed (or engaged via contract), either part-time or full-time, on the basis of their lived experience, to provide support to people experiencing a similar situation.
Standard: Health

Perforation

562502 | Glossary Item
A hole or opening made through the entire thickness of a membrane or other tissue or material.
Standard: Indigenous

Perinatal death

750440 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A perinatal death is a death occurring prior to or during labour and/or birth (stillbirth) or up to 28 days after birth (neonatal death) where babies are of 20 or more completed weeks gestation or with a birthweight of at least 400 grams.
Standard: Health

Perinatal period

327314 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Data Development Committee
The perinatal period commences at 20 completed weeks (140 days) of gestation and ends 28 completed days after birth.
Standard: Health

Person (specialist homelessness services)

401083 | Glossary Item
In the Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS, a person is either a client who receives a specialist homelessness service or a person who seeks a specialist homelessness service but does not receive it.
Standard: Housing assistance

Person held responsible (Child protection)

749539 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
A person held responsible is someone assessed as being responsible for an abusive act (including acts of commission or omission). For instances of abuse of children in care, the person held responsible is someone who is an approved carer, another person living in the household or care facility (including other children), an employee of the responsible care service/agency or government department, or a person not living in the household (only where an approved carer or employee of the responsible...
Standard: Children and Families

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