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Activity—functioning, disability and health

327296 | Glossary Item
In the context of health, an activity is the execution of a task or action by an individual.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability


327208 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
Adoption is the legal process by which a person legally becomes a child of the adoptive parents and legally ceases to be a child of his/her existing parents.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Indigenous, Disability, Children and Families

Assistance with activities and participation

327298 | Glossary Item
The help that a person receives or needs from another person, because of their difficulty in performing an activity or in participating in an area of life.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability

Body functions

327294 | Glossary Item
Body functions are the physiological functions of body systems (including psychological functions).
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability

Body structures

327300 | Glossary Item
Body structures are anatomical parts of the body such as organs, limbs and their components.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability

Carer Allowance

515353 | Glossary Item
A supplementary payment for parents or carers who provide daily care to an adult or dependent child who has a disability or medical condition or is frail aged.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability

Carer Payment

515394 | Glossary Item
Support if you are unable to work in paid employment because you provide full-time care to someone with a severe disability, medical condition, or is frail aged.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability


327304 | Glossary Item
Disability is the umbrella term for any or all of: an impairment of body structure or function, a limitation in activities, or a restriction in participation. Disability is a multi-dimensional and complex concept and is conceived as a dynamic interaction between health conditions and environmental and personal factors (WHO 2001:6).
Superseded: Health, Children and Families
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Disability

Environmental factors

327286 | Glossary Item
Environmental factors make up the physical, social and attitudinal environment in which people live and conduct their lives.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability


351499 | Glossary Item
Two or more people related by blood, marriage (registered or de facto), adoption, step or fostering who may or may not live together.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Indigenous, Disability, Children and Families


327292 | Glossary Item
Functioning is the umbrella term for any or all of: body functions, body structures, activities and participation. Functioning is a multidimensional concept denoting the neutral aspects of the interaction between an individual (with a health condition) and that individual's environmental and personal factors.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability


454203 | Glossary Item
A description of the coordinates representing the location/position of an object.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability, Health

Geographic indicator

327306 | Glossary Item
A classification scheme that divides an area into mutually exclusive sub-areas based on geographic location. Some geographic indicators are: Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC, ABS cat. no. 1216.0, effective up until 1 July 2011) Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS, ABS cat. nos. 1270.0.55.001 to 1270.0.55.005, effective from 1 July 2011) administrative regions electorates Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Area...
Superseded: Health, Indigenous, Children and Families
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Early Childhood, Commonwealth Department of Health, Disability, Tasmanian Health

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

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

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

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

Statistical Local Area

327460 | Glossary Item
The smallest level of geography contained in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability, Tasmanian Health
Qualified: Health


327272 | Glossary Item | Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A person who willingly gives unpaid help in the form of time, service or skills through an organisation or group.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Health, Indigenous, Disability

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