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Try searching using either a keyword, specific term or METEOR ID number.

METEOR ID search

If you’re a returning user and know an item’s METEOR ID, you can enter it in the search box. Clicking the search icon will take you straight to the item’s page.


METEOR will automatically display suggestions for search terms as you’re typing. This predictive text will show you METEOR entries that exist for the topic you’re searching on. You don’t have to use any of these suggestions, but they may make your searching process faster and easier.

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Spelling correction

METEOR will show search results with spelling correction. Misspelled terms can still be selected for search where relevant.

Dropdown options

The drop-down menus directly below the search text box allow you to limit the search results to any of the 18 content types in METEOR (see Learn about metadata to view the list), by item creation dates, and item revision dates.

Content types

Content types allow you to limit your search to various metadata building blocks and other topic or help content found in METEOR. See Learn about metadata to view a list of metadata item types that you can search in METEOR. Searching on Topic pages will give results from METEOR’s ‘non-metadata’ pages which explain metadata, how it is managed, how to use METEOR, and how to develop metadata.

Searching on Help will give results from all the pop-up information boxes that are linked to each metadata item. The Help search looks through all text from the METEOR Business Rules, which is accessed through the small ‘i’ icon used throughout the site.

Created date and Revision date

The Created and Revision date dropdown options limit your search to when an item was created or last revised. METEOR will search any time by default, or you can select or specify a custom period.

Custom search syntax

METEOR uses Lucene search syntax. This functionality can be useful to fine-tune your search results even more. Some of the commands include:

  1. Restrict search to the titles of items by using Name: Searchterm. Note that it has to be written exactly as Name, with the capital N. Using name will not work. It doesn’t matter if there’s a space around the colon or not.
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For example, if you’re looking for something with the word ‘baby’ in the title you would use Name: baby. METEOR will also give you results for the plural of the search term, so if you search on ‘baby’ you will also get results for ‘babies’. If looking for something with two terms (‘baby’ and ‘admission’) you would use Name: baby AND admission.

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You can fine-tune your search results using the filters that appear in the left-hand menu after searching any term. These filters are dynamic and will only display options specific to your search term, for example, only registration authorities relating to your search term will be displayed. You can use multiple filters at once.

Some of the filters change depending on your role within METEOR. If you are using METEOR without an account, you can search on metadata item type, public registration statuses, METEOR ID, and registration authority. You are also able to compare two items.

If you are using METEOR without an account, you will not be able to save bookmarks for items you’re interested in. There are also some non-public registration statuses that you won’t be able to see.

If you wish to save bookmarks, you can sign up for a free METEOR account easily, just follow the Sign up now prompts after clicking on the Sign In button. If you have an account, you will also be able to subscribe to notifications about changes to specific items in METEOR.

If you are logged in to METEOR as a metadata developer, or any other official role, there are some additional search options. You will be able to restrict your search to the full range of registration status options, including non-public statuses. You will also be able to save bookmarks and subscribe to notifications about changes to items.

Each search result has a small ‘hamburger’ icon on the right . This gives you download links for the metadata item as a PDF or a Word document.


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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


574908 | Glossary Item
The removal of the adenoids. This surgical procedure to remove the lymphoid tissue in the nasopharynx may be performed because the adenoids are enlarged, chronically infected or causing obstruction.
Standard: Indigenous


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


561591 | Glossary Item
A technique used to introduce an agent to a patient to produce a state of reduced or absence of sensation for the provision of a treatment or service.
Standard: Indigenous


562492 | Glossary Item
A field of research and clinical practice devoted to the study of hearing disorders, assessment of hearing, hearing conservation and aural rehabilitation.
Standard: Indigenous

Audiology assessment

529778 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An audiology assessment provides information about the status of middle ear function, diagnosis of hearing loss, and recommendations for clinical care and rehabilitation, such as communication strategies, classroom amplification, hearing aids, speech therapy and educational support. An audiological assessment can also monitor changes in hearing associated with medical and surgical management of middle ear conditions.
Standard: Indigenous

Aural toilet

562370 | Glossary Item
The provision of a professional ear cleaning including wax removal, micro suction and dry mopping.
Standard: Indigenous


696102 | 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).
Superseded: Health, Tasmanian Health
Standard: Indigenous

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

Bringing Them Home/Link Up Counsellors

578539 | Glossary Item
Bringing Them Home/Link Up Counsellors are counselling positions funded by the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) under the Bringing Them Home and Link Up Program, to provide counselling to individuals, families and communities affected by past practices regarding the forced removal of children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
Standard: Indigenous


551229 | Glossary Item
Dental caries, or dental decay, is a common disease, which causes cavities and discoloration of both permanent and "baby" teeth. As the disease progresses in a tooth it becomes weaker and its nerve may be damaged.
Standard: Indigenous

Chronic otitis media

682003 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The term used to describe a variety of signs, symptoms, and physical findings that result from the long-term damage to the middle ear by infection and inflammation. This includes the following: severe retraction or perforation of the tympanic membrane (a hole in the tympanic membrane ) scarring or erosion of the small, sound conducting bones of the middle ear chronic or recurring drainage from the ear inflammation causing erosion of the bony cover or the facial nerve, balance canals, or coc...
Standard: Indigenous

Ear health intervention

529946 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Ear health intervention is the course of action recommended by a health care professional following an audiology assessment which can include: provision of antibiotics removal of a foreign body surgery education rehabilitation.
Standard: Indigenous


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

Funded organisation

754991 | Glossary Item
Funded organisation refers to an Indigenous-specific primary health care organisation or maternal and child health program/service funded by the Department of Health under its Indigenous Australians' Health Programme (IAHP).
Standard: Indigenous

Geographic indicator

722655 | Glossary Item
A classification scheme that divides an area into mutually exclusive sub-areas based on geographic location.
Standard: Health, Indigenous, Children and Families, Youth Justice, Australian Teacher Workforce Data Oversight Board, Tasmanian Health


562346 | Glossary Item
A small, plastic tube inserted through the tympanic membrane into the middle ear to assist in preventing infection.
Standard: Indigenous

Hearing impairment

530152 | Glossary Item
A classification that estimates the degree of handicap associated with hearing loss in the better ear and links to predicted consequences and recommended rehabilitation. Hearing impairment classification applies a graded scale - mild, moderate, severe and profound - based on degree of deviation from normal thresholds in the better ear as recorded through audiometry.
Standard: Indigenous

Hearing loss

530015 | Glossary Item
Describes any hearing threshold response (using audiometry) outside the normal range, at any sound stimuli, in either ear.
Standard: Indigenous

Indigenous regular client

755097 | Glossary Item
Indigenous regular client refers to an Indigenous client of an Australian Government Department of Health-funded Indigenous-specific primary health care organisation or maternal and child health program/service 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...
Standard: Indigenous

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


532056 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
To make a decision based on the information available.
Standard: Indigenous


524972 | Glossary Item
A person who receives residential care intended to be for a minimum of one night.
Superseded: Health, Tasmanian Health
Standard: Indigenous
Qualified: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Stillbirth (fetal death)

733271 | Glossary Item | National Perinatal Data Development Committee
A fetal death prior to the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of conception of 20 or more completed weeks of gestation or of 400 grams or more birthweight. The death is indicated by the fact that after such separation the fetus does not breathe or show any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles.
Standard: Health, Indigenous, Tasmanian Health


562357 | Glossary Item
The storage and forwarding of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) telemedicine. Information is captured in community and sent to an ENT Specialist. Service includes an ENT Specialist review and an Audiology consult.
Standard: Indigenous

Tympanic membrane

562107 | Glossary Item
A thin, semitransparent membrane in the middle ear that transmits sound vibrations to the internal ear.
Standard: Indigenous


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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