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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health worker

701021 | Glossary Item
Persons employed (or engaged via contract) on a part-time or full-time paid basis, where the person is specifically employed to provide mental health care support and services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These mental health professionals have recognised qualifications and/or work experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and/or health. Roles that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workers may perform include, but are not limited to: ...
Standard: Health

Activity based funding

678967 | Glossary Item | Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
A method of funding health services based on amount and type of activity.
Standard: Health

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

Acute coronary syndrome (Acute coronary syndromes clinical care standard​)

628778 | Glossary Item | Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
For the purposes of the Acute coronary syndromes clinical care standard (ACSQHC 2014), an acute coronary syndrome results from a sudden blockage of a blood vessel in the heart, typically by a blood clot (thrombosis) that reduces blood supply to a portion of heart muscle. Where the blockage is severe enough to lead to injury or death of the heart muscle, the event is called an acute myocardial infarction (or ‘heart attack’). Depending on the duration of the ischaemia and the extent of damage to t...
Standard: Health

Address

327278 | Glossary Item | Health Data Standards Committee
The referential description of a location where an entity is located or can be otherwise reached or found.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Early Childhood, Indigenous

Address (housing assistance)

327200 | Glossary Item | National Health Data Committee, National Community Services Data Committee
A place at which a person or organisation may be contacted/located, or where an object/item or dwelling may be locatedor the location where a service may be delivered.
Standard: Housing assistance, Health

Administrative and clerical staff

327166 | Glossary Item
Staff engaged in administrative and clerical duties. Medical staff and nursing staff, diagnostic and health professionals and any domestic staff primarily or partly engaged in administrative and clerical duties are excluded. Civil engineers and computing staff are included in this category.
Standard: Health

Admission

327206 | Glossary Item | National Health Data Committee
The process whereby the hospital accepts responsibility for the patient's care and/or treatment. Admission follows a clinical decision based upon specified criteria that a patient requires same-day or overnight care or treatment. An admission may be formal or statistical. Formal admission: The administrative process by which a hospital records the commencement of treatment and/or care and/or accommodation of a patient. Statistical admission: The administrative process by which a hospital records...
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health
Qualified: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Admitted patient mental health care service

409067 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A specialised mental health service that provides overnight care in a psychiatric hospital or a specialised mental health unit in an acute hospital. Psychiatric hospitals and specialised mental health units in acute hospitals are establishments devoted primarily to the treatment and care of admitted patients with psychiatric, mental or behavioural disorders. These services are staffed by health professionals with specialist mental health qualifications or training and have as their principal fun...
Standard: Health
Qualified: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Admitted patient stay

750462 | Glossary Item | Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
The period of admitted care provided by a health care facility between formal admission and a formal separation. The admitted care provided may include that provided by another health service provider under a contracted hospital care arrangement or hospital-in-the-home care.
Standard: Health

Adoption

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

Adverse event

570393 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Any harmful event befalling a patient while in the care of the health system. Such an event may be the result of professional negligence, systems failure, mistakes, fatigue or other causes.
Standard: Health

Age-standardised rate

327276 | Glossary Item
A method of adjusting the crude rate to eliminate the effect of differences in population age structures when comparing crude rates for different periods of time, different geographic areas and/or different population sub-groups (e.g. between one year and the next and/or States and Territories, Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations). Adjustments are usually undertaken for each of the comparison populations against a standard population (rather than adjusting one comparison population to rese...
Standard: Health

Allied health

708041 | Glossary Item | Allied Health Professions Australia
Allied health professionals and other technicians and support workers who work with allied health professionals. This subset of Australian health professions does not include medical, nursing or dental professions. In both the international and national domain there is no universally accepted definition of allied health professions. Instead a range of definitions are used in various sectors. A variety of professions are listed as allied health professions by various government authorities and de...
Standard: Health

Allied health service event

705578 | Glossary Item
A specific, time defined encounter between a person (with a known patient identifier) and an allied health professional, assistant or student.
Standard: Health

Allied health service provider

705622 | Glossary Item | Allied Health Professions Australia
An allied health professional, assistant or student providing an allied health service.
Standard: Health

Ambulatory care

749893 | Glossary Item | Health Expenditure Advisory Committee
Care provided to hospital patients who are not admitted to the hospital, such as patients of emergency departments and outpatient clinics. The term is also used to refer to care provided to patients of community-based (non-hospital) health-care services.
Standard: Health

Ambulatory mental health care service

699980 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A specialised mental health service that provides services to people who are not currently admitted to a mental health admitted or residential service. Services are delivered by health professionals with specialist mental health qualifications or training. Ambulatory mental health services include: community-based crisis assessment and treatment teams day programs mental health outpatient clinics provided by either hospital or community-based services child and adolescent outpatient and com...
Standard: Health

Anaesthesia during birth event

733095 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Data Development Committee
A technique used to introduce an agent to produce a state of reduced or absence of sensation to a female for the operative or instrumental delivery of the baby.
Standard: Health

Analgesia during birth event

733102 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Data Development Committee
An analgesic agent or technique administered to a female to relieve the pain of labour without causing loss of consciousness.
Standard: Health

Androgen deprivation therapy

587572 | Glossary Item
Treatment based on the reduction of androgen hormones. This includes both chemical and surgical treatments and is most commonly used as part of cancer treatment.
Standard: Health

Antenatal care visit

717749 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Data Development Committee
An intentional encounter between a pregnant female and a midwife or clinician to assess and improve maternal and fetal wellbeing throughout pregnancy and prior to labour.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Asbestos

525752 | Glossary Item
Asbestos is the commercial product, obtained after mining and processing, of a family of fibrous hydrated silicates divided mineralogically into amphiboles (amosite, anthrophyllite and crocidolite) and serpentines (chrysotile). The inhalation of asbestos particles can cause asbestosis, pleural plaques, pleural fibrosis, pleural effusion, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Asbestos was widely used in Australia between 1945 and 1980. The characteristics that made asbestos popular were its strength, so...
Standard: Health

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

Average for the counting period

373642 | Glossary Item
The average for the counting period is calculated by summing all the individual counts and dividing it by the number of periods for which a count was taken. For the reporting year, if a count was taken n times, the average is calculated as the SUM (Count1 + Count2 + ...Countn) DIVIDED by n. A reporting year is a financial year. It begins on 1 July and ends on 30 June of the following year.
Standard: Health

Bacterial meningitis (Antimicrobial stewardship clinical care standard)

629062 | Glossary Item | Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
For the purposes of the Antimicrobial stewardship clinical care standard (ACSQHC 2014), bacterial meningitis is defined as inflammation of the meninges by a bacterium (bacterial m.).
Standard: Health

Birthweight

733258 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Data Development Committee
The first weight of a live born or stillborn baby obtained after birth. The World Health Organization further defines the following categories: extremely low birthweight: less than 1,000 grams (up to and including 999 grams), very low birthweight: less than 1,500 grams (up to and including 1,499 grams), low birthweight: less than 2,500 grams (up to and including 2,499 grams).
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Blood pressure

327210 | Glossary Item | Cardiovascular Data Working Group
The pressure exerted by blood against the walls of the blood vessels - i.e. arteries, capillaries or veins.
Standard: Health, Indigenous

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

Born before arrival

685116 | Glossary Item
Being born before arrival at hospital or birth centre for planned hospital or birth centre births, or before the arrival of the homebirth midwife for planned home births.
Standard: Health

Bowel cancer

564023 | Glossary Item
Comprises cancer of the colon and cancer of the rectum, collectively known as colorectal cancer.
Standard: Health

Brachytherapy

594080 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
A form of radiotherapy where a sealed source of radiation is placed inside or next to the area requiring treatment. Brachytherapy involves the placement of a capsule containing a radioisotope that emits short-range radiation at the site of the malignant tumour. This allows the radiation to kill the surrounding tissue while preventing the radioisotope from moving or dissolving, and limiting the exposure of healthy tissue to radiation. Brachytherapy is a common treatment for prostate, cervical, ...
Standard: Health

Brief ambulatory episode of mental health care

605545 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on behalf of the National Mental Health Performance Subcommittee.
Episodes of community mental health care that are 14 days or less between first and last service contact date.
Standard: Health

Brief inpatient episode of mental health care

605550 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on behalf of the National Mental Health Performance Subcommittee
Episodes of mental health care provided to a consumer who is admitted for a period of three days or less.
Standard: Health

Cancer diagnostic assessment

564074 | Glossary Item
A type of medical test or evaluation to determine whether a person has cancer.
Standard: Health

Cancer screening

564066 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Population-based cancer screening involves testing for signs of cancer in people who do not have any obvious symptoms of the disease. In Australia, there are currently three national screening programs, BreastScreen Australia, National Cervical Cancer Screening Program (NCSP) and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).
Standard: Health

Cardiac arrest team

593891 | Glossary Item | Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care/Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A team, led by trained medical officers, designated to respond to calls for assistance following the cardiac arrest of a hospital patient.
Standard: Health

Care coordination

721771 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Care coordination services provide a single point of contact (via a Care Facilitator) for people (and their families/carers) with lived experience of mental illness and complex care needs. Care Facilitators will be responsible for ensuring all of the patients’ care needs, clinical and non-clinical and as determined by a nationally consistent assessment tool, are being met (Commonwealth of Australia 2012).
Standard: Health

Carer consultant

327330 | Glossary Item
Carer consultants are persons employed (or engaged via contract) on a part-time or full-time paid basis to represent the interests of carers and advocate for their needs.
Standard: Health

Cessation of treatment episode for alcohol and other drugs

327302 | Glossary Item | Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs National Minimum Data Set working group
Cessation of a treatment episode occurs when treatment is completed or discontinued; or there has been a change in the principal drug of concern, the main treatment type, or the treatment delivery setting.
Standard: Health

Chemotherapy

436811 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
The treatment of disease by means of chemical substances or drugs, usually used in reference to neoplastic disease. Chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer achieves its antitumour effect through the use of antineoplastic drugs that inhibit the reproduction of cancer cells by interfering with DNA synthesis and mitosis.
Standard: Health

Class action

466681 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A lawsuit brought by one or more plaintiffs on behalf of a large group of others who have a common legal claim.
Standard: Health

Clinical intervention

327220 | Glossary Item | National Health Data Committee.
An intervention carried out to improve, maintain or assess the health of a person, in a clinical situation.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Clinical placement

534723 | Glossary Item | Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
An activity that contributes to or counts towards clinical/professional education and training requirements for an accredited course. In other words, a clinical placement is an essential requirement that is necessary for successful course completion (and therefore would exclude voluntary extra placements). Clinical placements: Occur in a clinical setting (i.e. generally outside the university educational setting, although may occur in university clinics). May include a variety of activities (...
Standard: Health, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Clinical review

327214 | Glossary Item | Hospital Access Program Waiting List Working Group, National Health Data Committee
The examination of a patient by a clinician after the patient has been added to the elective care waiting list. This examination may result in the patient being assigned a different urgency rating from the initial classification. The need for clinical review varies with a patient's condition and is therefore at the discretion of the treating clinician.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Clinical Services Management (CSM)

706423 | Glossary Item | Allied Health Professions Australia
Clinical Services Management (CSM) activities are the professional and management activities which support and are essential to undertaking clinical care. CSM includes, but is not limited to: administration staff management statistics gathering and reporting financial management quality activities representations/ consultation professional development travel for management purposes program evaluation meetings
Standard: Health

Clinical Support Activity

706445 | Glossary Item | Allied Health Professions Australia
Clinical support activity includes clinical services management, teaching and training and research.
Standard: Health

Clinical trial

522854 | Glossary Item
A controlled experiment involving a defined set of subjects and having a clinical event as an outcome measure. It is intended to yield scientifically valid information about the efficacy or safety of a medical intervention such as, for example, a drug, surgical procedure or diagnostic test.
Standard: Health

Collaborative maternity carer

562474 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit
The health care professional who collaborates with the designated maternity carer to provide care for women during the antenatal, intrapartum or postnatal stages of maternity care, based on the women's identified needs and individual circumstances.
Standard: Health

Colonoscopy

564025 | Glossary Item
A procedure to examine the bowel using a special scope (colonoscope), usually carried out in a hospital or day clinic.
Standard: Health

Colorectal cancer clinico-pathological stage

569264 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Invasive colorectal cancer clinico-pathological stage is defined into four summary groups (Stages I-IV) based on the pathological TNM staging system: Stage T N M Unknown No information provided No information provided No information provided Inadequately staged Inadequate information provided Inadequate information provided Inadequate information provided I T1-T2 N0 M0 II T2-T4 N0 M0 III T1-T4 N1-N2 M0 IV Any T Any N M1 The TNM staging system uses the letters 'T' to represen...
Standard: Health

Colorectal polyps

564110 | Glossary Item
Small growths of colon tissue that protrude into the colonic or rectal lumen. They are usually asymptomatic, but sometimes cause visible rectal bleeding, and, rarely, other symptoms. Polyps may occur individually but it is common for a person to have multiple polyps. They occur more commonly in later life, and hereditary and dietary (lifestyle) factors may play a part. Polyps may become cancerous and are generally defined as 2 main types: hyperplastic: a type of polyp that has a low risk, if a...
Standard: Health

Commencement of treatment episode for alcohol and other drugs

327216 | Glossary Item | Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs National Minimum Data Set working group
Commencement of a treatment episode for alcohol and other drugs is the first service contact when assessment and/or treatment occurs with the treatment provider.
Standard: Health

Community mental health care treatment day

605790 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on behalf of the National Mental Health Performance Subcommittee
Community mental health care treatment day refers to any day on which one or more mental health service contact (direct or indirect) are recorded for a consumer during an ambulatory care episode.
Standard: Health

Compensable patient

327420 | Glossary Item
A compensable patient is a person who: is entitled to claim damages under Motor Vehicle Third Party Insurance or is entitled to claim damages under worker's compensation or has an entitlement to claim under public liability or common law damages.
Standard: Health

Consultant psychiatrist

327332 | Glossary Item
Medical officers who are registered to practice psychiatry under the relevant state or territory Medical Registration Board; or who are fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists or registered with Health Insurance Commission as a specialist in Psychiatry.
Standard: Health

Consumer consultant

327336 | Glossary Item
Consumer consultants are persons employed (or engaged via contract) on a part-time or full-time paid basis to represent the interests of consumers and advocate for their needs.
Standard: Health

Consumer-managed organisation

516197 | Glossary Item
An organisation that requires, as part of its operating charter, for consumers to be the dominant group on the organisation's board or equivalent decision making body.
Standard: Health

Continuity of carer

562460 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit
Continuity of carer means care provided, or led, over the full length of the episode of care by the same named carer. Relational continuity is provided by the same named caregiver being involved throughout the period of care even when other caregivers are required. Other caregivers may be involved in the provision of care, either as a backup to the named carer or to collaborate in the provision of care, however the named carer remains to coordinate and provide ongoing care throughout.
Standard: Health

Core biopsy

598214 | Glossary Item | Cancer Australia
A section of tissue that has been removed in a way that preserves the histological architecture of the tissue's cells. A core biopsy procedure may be used to remove a section of tissue directly from an individual, or biopsy cores may be taken from a larger section of tissue that has been surgically removed from an individual. Core biopsies are most commonly performed as a diagnostic test for cancerous conditions.
Standard: Health

Counselling, support, information and referral—online

721752 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Counselling, support, information and referral services can be provided both via telephone and online. This service type is intended only for services provided online. Counselling services provide a structured process that is concerned with addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, working through feelings and inner conflicts, or improving relationships with others (BAC 1986). Counselling facilitates personal growth, development, self-understanding and the adoption of constru...
Standard: Health

Counselling, support, information and referral—telephone

721750 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Counselling, support, information and referral services can be provided both via telephone and online. This service type is intended only for those services provided via telephone. Counselling services provide a structured process that is concerned with addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, working through feelings and inner conflicts, or improving relationships with others (BAC 1986). Counselling facilitates personal growth, development, self-understanding and the adopti...
Standard: Health

Counselling—face to face

721748 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Counselling services operate through a range of mediums including face-to-face, telephone and online. This service type is intended only for services providing face-to-face counselling. Counselling services provide a structured process that is concerned with addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, working through feelings and inner conflicts, or improving relationships with others (BAC 1986). Counselling facilitates personal growth, development, self-understanding and the a...
Standard: Health

Course of radiotherapy treatment

448151 | Glossary Item
A series of one or more radiotherapy treatments prescribed by a radiation oncologist.
Standard: Health

Crude rate

327274 | Glossary Item
The ratio of the number of events in the population being studied during a certain time period to the estimated population size midway through that time period.
Standard: Health

Data exchange agreement

619295 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
An arrangement where two or more entities agree to exchange one or more sets of data and related attributes in such a manner that the information content or meaning assigned to the data is not altered during the transmission.
Standard: Health

Defined 12-month period

569133 | Glossary Item
A 12-month period which ends on 30 June, e.g. the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014.
Standard: Health

Defined 24-month period

569124 | Glossary Item
A 24-month period which ends on 30 June, e.g. the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2014.
Standard: Health

Delirium (Delirium clinical care standard)

628579 | Glossary Item | Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
For the purposes of the Delirium clinical care standard (ACSQHC 2015), delirium is defined as an acute change in mental status that is common among older patients in hospital (Clinical Epidemiology and Health Service Evaluation Unit 2006). It is characterised by a disturbance of consciousness, attention, cognition and perception that develops over a short period of time (usually hours to a few days) (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence 2010; Inouye 2014). Patients with delirium...
Standard: Health

Designated maternity carer

562469 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit
The health care professional who coordinates the care for a woman during the antenatal, intrapartum or postnatal stages of maternity care, based on the woman's identified needs and individual circumstances.This may be a midwife, obstetrician, general practitioner or other maternity health professional.
Standard: Health

Diagnosis

327224 | Glossary Item | National Data Standards Committee
A diagnosis is the decision reached, after assessment, of the nature and identity of the disease or condition of a patient or recipient of residential care (resident).
Standard: Health

Diagnostic and health professional

327164 | Glossary Item
Qualified staff (other than qualified medical and nursing staff) engaged in duties of a diagnostic, professional or technical nature (but also including diagnostic and health professionals whose duties are primarily or partly of an administrative nature). This category includes all allied health professionals and laboratory technicians (but excludes civil engineers and computing staff).
Standard: Health

Dialysis

620124 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An artificial method of removing waste products and water from the blood as well as regulating levels of circulating chemicals. There are two main forms of dialysis: haemodialysis, which occurs outside the body via a machine; and peritoneal dialysis, which occurs inside the patient's body via the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Standard: Health

Disability

695181 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
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).
Standard: Health, Disability, Children and Families

Disease screening

564029 | Glossary Item
Repeated testing, at regular intervals, of apparently well people to detect a medical condition at an earlier stage than would otherwise be the case. Screening tests are not diagnostic; therefore, people who receive a positive screening result require further assessment and diagnosis to determine whether or not they have the disease or risk marker being screened for.
Standard: Health

Domestic and other staff

327168 | Glossary Item
Domestic staff are staff engaged in the provision of food and cleaning services including domestic staff primarily engaged in administrative duties such as food services manager. Dieticians are excluded. This category also includes all staff not elsewhere included (primarily maintenance staff, trades people and gardening staff).
Standard: Health

Education, employment and training

721777 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Education, employment and training includes services where the principal function is to provide or support people with lived experience of mental illness, in gaining education, employment and/or training.
Standard: Health

Elective care

327184 | Glossary Item | Hospital access program waiting list working group
Care that, in the opinion of the treating clinician, is necessary and admission for which can be delayed for at least twenty-four hours.
Standard: Health

Elective surgery

568780 | Glossary Item | National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee
Elective surgery is planned surgery that can be booked in advance as a result of a specialist clinical assessment resulting in placement on an elective surgery waiting list.
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Emergency department

745042 | Glossary Item
An emergency department provides triage, assessment, care and/or treatment for patients suffering from medical condition/s and/or injury. Emergency departments provide care in facilities which meet all of the following criteria: purposely designed and equipped area with designated assessment, treatment and resuscitation areas ability to provide resuscitation, stabilisation and initial management of all emergencies availability of medical staff in the hospital 24 hours a day designated emer...
Standard: Health

Emergency department - public hospital

327228 | Glossary Item | National reference group for non-admitted patient data development, 2001/02.
The dedicated area in a public hospital that is organised and administered to provide emergency care to those in the community who perceive the need for or are in need of acute or urgent care. The emergency department must be part of a hospital and be licensed or otherwise recognised as an emergency department by the appropriate state or territory authority. An emergency department provides triage, assessment, care and/or treatment for patients suffering from medical condition(s) and/or injury.
Standard: Health

Emergency department short stay unit

525112 | Glossary Item | National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee - Emergency Data Development Working Group
As per clause C48 of the National Health Reform Agreement - National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services (NPA IPHS), the Standing Council on Health, the Commonwealth and states and territories have agreed to implement the following definition of an emergency department (ED) short stay unit, or equivalent, with the following characteristics: (a) designated and designed for the short term treatment, observation, assessment and reassessment of patients initially triaged and ...
Standard: Health

Emergency service

745039 | Glossary Item
An emergency service provides triage, assessment, care and/or treatment for patients suffering from medical condition/s and/or injury. Emergency services provide care in facilities which do not meet all of the following criteria: purposely designated and equipped area with designated assessment, treatment and resuscitation areas ability to provide resuscitation, stabilisation and initial management of all emergencies availability of medical staff in the hospital 24 hours a day designated e...
Standard: Health

Emergency surgery

534125 | Glossary Item | National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee
Emergency surgery is surgery to treat trauma or acute illness subsequent to an emergency presentation. The patient may require immediate surgery or present for surgery at a later time following this unplanned presentation. This includes where the patient leaves hospital and returns for a subsequent admission. Emergency surgery includes unplanned surgery for admitted patients and unplanned surgery for patients already awaiting an elective surgery procedure (for example, in cases of acute deterior...
Standard: Health, Tasmanian Health

Enrolled nurse

717101 | Glossary Item
A person who is registered as an enrolled nurse with the relevant Australian registration board to practice in this capacity. Includes general enrolled nurse and specialist enrolled nurse (e.g. mothercraft nurses in some states).
Standard: Health

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

Episode of acute care

327230 | Glossary Item
An episode of acute care for an admitted patient is one in which the principal clinical intent is to do one or more of the following: manage labour (obstetric), cure illness or provide definitive treatment of injury, perform surgery, relieve symptoms of illness or injury (excluding palliative care), reduce severity of illness or injury, protect against exacerbation and/or complication of an illness and/or injury which could threaten life or normal functions, perform diagnostic or therapeutic pr...
Standard: Health

Episode of healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia

590503 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A patient episode of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) is a positive blood culture for Staphylococcus aureus. For surveillance purposes, only the first isolate per patient is counted, unless at least 14 days has passed without a positive blood culture, after which an additional episode is recorded. A SAB will be considered to be a healthcare-associated event if either: CRITERION A: The patient’s first positive Staphylococcus aureus blood culture is collected more than 48 hours after hospit...
Standard: Health

Episode of residential care end

376427 | Glossary Item
The administrative process by which a residential care service either records: Formal episode of residential care end: the formal end of residential care and accommodation of a resident, or; Statistical episode of residential care end: the end of the reference period.
Standard: Health
Qualified: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Episode of residential care start

376510 | Glossary Item
The process whereby the residential care service accepts responsibility for the resident's residential care and accommodation. Episode of residential care start is the administrative process by which a residential care service records either: Formal episode of residential care start: the start of residential care and accommodation of a resident, or; Statistical episode of residential care start: the start of a reference period for a resident continuing their residential care and accommodation,...
Standard: Health
Qualified: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Erectile dysfunction

587675 | Glossary Item
An individual who has a history of erection failure or who has received treatment to achieve erection sufficient for penetration.
Standard: Health

Establishment based student nurse

327186 | Glossary Item
Student nurses are persons employed by the establishment currently studying in years one to three of a three year certificate course. This includes any person commencing or undertaking a three year course of training leading to registration as a nurse by the state or territory registration board. This includes full time general student nurse and specialist student nurse, such as mental deficiency nurse, but excludes practising nurses enrolled in post basic training courses.
Standard: Health

Event

517461 | Glossary Item
An instance or occasion of assistance received by a client from a service provider organisation.
Standard: Health

Extraprostatic extension

587658 | Glossary Item
Extraprostatic extension (EPE) is the presence of neoplastic glands outside the prostate in the periprostatic tissue in a person with prostate cancer.
Standard: Health

Faecal incontinence

587616 | Glossary Item
The loss of regular control of the bowels, resulting in involuntary excretion or leakage of faeces.
Standard: Health

Faecal occult blood test (FOBT)

564027 | Glossary Item
A self-administered test to detect blood in bowel motions, but not bowel cancer itself. The FOBT is analysed by a pathology laboratory, and the results forwarded to the participant and their primary health care practitioner (if one is nominated). For the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP), two FOBT samples are collected. Pathologists categorise the returned FOBT into one of three groups: 1. Correctly completed 2. Incorrectly completed 3. Unsatisfactory Participants a...
Standard: Health

Family

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

Family and carer support

721767 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Family and carer support includes services that provide families and carers of people living with a mental illness support, information, education and skill development opportunities to fulfil their caring role, while maintaining their own health and wellbeing (Mission Australia 2012). These services may be provided in the context of early intervention or ongoing support.
Standard: Health

Family violence

693486 | Glossary Item
Violence between family members as well as between current or former intimate partners. For example, family violence can include acts of violence between a parent and a child.
Standard: Health

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