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Abuse in care

748916 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
In the context of the Australian child protection systems in operation in each state and territory, abuse in care refers to instances of abuse of children in out-of-home care, on third party parental orders, or on other orders that transfer full or partial parental responsibility for the child to an authority of the State. It can involve physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. Abuse in care includes instances where the person held responsible is: a) the approved carer b) anoth...
Standard: Children and Families

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

Adoptive parent

749050 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A person who has become the parent of a child or adult as the result of an adoption order.
Standard: 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

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

Applicant (adoption)

749052 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A married couple, a de facto couple or a single person. The method by which the applicant becomes an official client will vary for each jurisdiction, and might be when the department first opens a file, when the applicant registers, or when the applicant is invited to attend an information session. For the purpose of this report, applicants who are already a client of the department, but are applying to adopt a subsequent child, or reapplying to adopt, are counted as applicants applying for the ...
Standard: Children and Families

Approved carer

742264 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An approved carer is anyone authorised under a relevant state of territory legislation, including third party parental orders, to have full or partial parental responsibility and/or care responsibility for a child or young person. For children or young people placed in out-of-home care this includes carers: who have undergone the relevant screening/selection and approval process; and who have received authorisation from the relevant department or agency to enable a child or young person to be...
Standard: Children and Families

Assistance received

327202 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The goods or services, or time or money received by a person (client) during a service episode or event.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance

Assistance request reason

327204 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The reason(s) why a person has sought or requires assistance from an agency.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness

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

Bilateral adoption

749072 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An intercountry adoption where Australia had an official adoption program open with the adoptive child’s country of origin at the time the file of the applicant(s) was sent.
Standard: Children and Families

Boarding house building

327408 | Glossary Item | New South Wales Department of Housing, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A separate building (also referred to as a rooming or lodging house) containing multiple boarding/rooming/lodging house bedrooms and/or boarding house units.
Standard: Housing assistance, Community Services (retired)

Boarding house room

327410 | Glossary Item | New South Wales Department of Housing, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A bedroom within a boarding house (also referred to as a rooming or lodging house) that is not self-contained, and usually shares a common kitchen and/or bathroom. Boarding house bedrooms are usually accessed via a common entrance such as a foyer or hallway.
Standard: Housing assistance, Community Services (retired)

Boarding house unit

327412 | Glossary Item | NSW Department of Housing, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A self-contained unit within a boarding house (also referred to as a rooming or lodging house) with separate cooking, bathroom and toilet facilities. Boarding house units are usually accessed via a common entrance such as a foyer or hallway.
Standard: Housing assistance, Community Services (retired)

Canadian National Occupancy Standard

386254 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The Canadian National Occupancy Standard (CNOS) assesses the bedroom requirements of a household based on the following criteria: There should be no more than 2 persons per bedroom; Children less than 5 years of age of different sexes may reasonably share a bedroom; Children 5 years of age or older of opposite sex should have separate bedrooms; Children less than 18 years of age and of the same sex may reasonably share a bedroom; and Single household members 18 years or older should have a...
Standard: Housing assistance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Country of origin (adoption)

749054 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The country of habitual residence of the child being adopted. This will generally be the country of birth of a child.
Standard: Children and Families

Cultural support plan (out-of-home care)

532574 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A cultural support plan is an individualised, dynamic written plan or a support agreement that aims to develop or maintain children or young people’s cultural identity through connection to family, community and culture. Cultural support plans help to ensure that planning and decision–making are culturally appropriate and in the best interests of the child. A cultural support plan is usually developed between the person and the agency in consultation with members of the cultural community (or re...
Standard: Children and Families

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

Disability (Child protection)

748838 | 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 multidimensional concept, and is considered as an interaction between health conditions and environment and personal factors. It refers to a limitation, restriction or impairment which has lasted, or is likely to last for at least six months and restricts every day activities.
Standard: Children and Families

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

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

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

Expatriate adoption

749056 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A specific type of adoption that occurs when an Australian citizen or permanent resident living abroad for 12 months or more adopts a child through an overseas agency or government authority. Australian adoption authorities are not responsible for expatriate adoptions, and do not assess or approve applicants for such adoptions.
Standard: 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

Finalised adoption

749075 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An adoption order that was completed during the reporting period. This includes orders that were made in Australia, and, in the case of some intercountry adoptions, where the full adoption order was made in the country of origin. The way in which an adoption is finalised depends on the process used in the country of origin and the procedures of the state or territory department responsible for adoption in Australia.
Standard: Children and Families

Goal

527563 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An aim or end towards which effort is directed.
Standard: Disability

Group support activities

721757 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Group support activities includes services that aim to improve the quality of life and psychosocial functioning of mental health consumers, through the provision of group-based social, recreational or prevocational activities. In contrast to services in the Mutual support and self-help service type, Group support activities are led by a member of the NGO.
Standard: Health

Hague adoption

749077 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An intercountry adoption where the adoptive child’s country of origin has ratified or acceded to the Hague Convention, and the file of the applicant(s) was sent after the Hague Convention entered into force in that country.
Standard: Children and Families

Hague Convention

749098 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A convention—specifically, the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption—that establishes standards and procedures for adoptions between countries. The Hague Convention includes legally binding safeguards and a system of supervision, and establishes channels of communication between countries. It came into force in Australia on 1 December 1998.
Standard: Children and Families

Head-leased dwelling (government)

327318 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Dwellings owned by state and territory governments that are leased to other government or non-government organisations via head-leasing arrangements.
Standard: Housing assistance, Community Services (retired)

Head-leased dwelling (private)

639150 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Dwellings owned by private individuals or private corporations that are leased to an entity which provides housing via head-leasing arrangements. The gaining entity housing provider is usually responsible for tenant selection and tenancy management functions.
Standard: Housing assistance

Healthcare provider

620370 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A person or organisation involved in, or associated with the delivery of healthcare to a person or with caring for a person's wellbeing. Examples include a clinician, hospital, individual healthcare provider and healthcare organisation.
Standard: Health

Homeless

327244 | Glossary Item | SAAP National Data Collection Agency, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A person is homeless if he or she does not have access to safe, secure and stable housing. Hence even if a person has a physical home, they would be considered homeless if: they were not safe at home, they had no legal right to continued occupation of their home (security of tenure), or the home lacked the amenities or resources necessary for living.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness

Homeless (SAAP)

327316 | Glossary Item | SAAP National Data Collection Agency, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A person is homeless if he or she does not have access to safe, secure and adequate housing. Unsafe, insecure and inadequate housing includes housing: in which the client did not feel safe (this can include the client's own home); in which the client did not have a legal right to continued occupation of their home (security of tenure); that lacked the amenities or resources necessary for living (such as adequate heating, plumbing or cooking facilities); and provided by a Supported Accommodat...
Standard: Housing assistance

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)

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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-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

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

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

Personalised support—linked to housing

721763 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Personalised support services are flexible services tailored to a mental health consumer’s individual and changing needs. They include a range of one-on-one activities provided by a support worker directly to mental health consumers in their homes or local communities (Department of Communities 2011). Personalised support—linked to housing includes services that provide personalised psychosocial support that is coordinated with provision of social housing or privately negotiated housing at the p...
Standard: Health

Personalised support—other

721765 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Personalised support services are flexible services tailored to a mental health consumer’s individual and changing needs. They include a range of one-on-one activities provided by a support worker directly to mental health consumers in their homes or local communities (Department of Communities 2011). Personalised support—other includes services that provide personalised psychosocial support that is independent of housing arrangements (e.g. provision of social housing or privately negotiated hou...
Standard: Health

Placement (adoption)

749066 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The act of placing a child or children with their adoptive family (that is, for intercountry adoption, the child enters Australia; for local adoption, the child is taken into the care of the prospective adoptive parent(s)) during the reporting period, regardless of the status of their adoption order.
Standard: Children and Families

Presumptive

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

Prison

626520 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A legally proclaimed correctional facility or remand centre, administered by the Corrective Services department, to hold adult prisoners. Excludes periodic detention centres, court and police cells, juvenile detention centres, immigration detention centres, secure psychiatric facilities, military prisons, and home detention programs.
Standard: Health

Program

525213 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A defined package of services or activities usually sponsored or administered by local, state or national governments or by another authoritative entity that aims to accomplish a specified end or objective.
Standard: Health

Record linkage

327264 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A process, technique or method that enables the bringing together of two or more records that are believed to belong to the same individual.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired)

Renal failure

620136 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Inability of the kidneys to excrete wastes, concentrate urine, regulate electrolytes, acid/base balance, blood pressure and hormone production. The condition may be acute or chronic.
Standard: Health

Reserve

460218 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The dollar amount that is the best current estimate of the likely cost of a claim when closed.
Standard: Health

Residential mental health care service

373049 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A service that is considered by the state, territory or Australian Government funding authorities as a service that: has the workforce capacity to provide specialised mental health services; and employs suitably trained mental health staff to provide rehabilitation, treatment or extended care on-site: to consumers residing on an overnight basis; in a domestic-like environment; and encourages the consumer to take responsibility for their daily living activities. These services inc...
Standard: Health
Qualified: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Restraint

558140 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The restriction of an individual's freedom of movement by physical or mechanical means. Mechanical restraint: The application of devices (including belts, harnesses, manacles, sheets and straps) on a person's body to restrict his or her movement. This is to prevent the person from harming himself/herself or endangering others or to ensure the provision of essential medical treatment. It does not include the use of furniture (including beds with cot sides and chairs with tables fitted on their ar...
Standard: Health

Reunification

719243 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Reunification is a planned process of safely returning and enabling a child to remain at home with their birth parent(s), family, or former guardian after a period of time in care when it is in the child’s best interests to do so, and where it will safeguard the child’s long-term stability and permanency.
Standard: Children and Families

SAAP accommodation place

336726 | Glossary Item | SAAP Data Sub Committee, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A permanent bed which is owned or managed by a SAAP agency or paid for using SAAP funds.
Standard: Community Services (retired)

Seclusion

557975 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The confinement of the consumer/patient at any time of the day or night alone in a room or area from which free exit is prevented.
Standard: Health

Sector development and representation

721779 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Mental health sector development and representation services engage with a wide variety of issues regarding the sustainability and development of the mental health sector. This includes information dissemination, advocacy, policy analysis, program development and sector capacity building (Family and Community Services 2012).
Standard: Health

Self-help—online

721755 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Self-help—online includes structured interactive online programs which take people, who have a lived experience of mental illness, through exercises to help them develop skills to handle life's challenges more effectively. Unlike Counselling, support, information and referral–online, services which fall under Self-help—online never involve interaction with another person, only interaction with the online program’s content.
Standard: Health

Service integration infrastructure

721775 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Service integration infrastructure includes services that provide infrastructure integration to establish a ‘one stop shop’ service platform that brings together an appropriate range of mental health-related services, both existing and new, which aim to improve the mental well-being and social participation of people with mental illness.
Standard: Health

Staffed residential services

721761 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Staffed residential services are those that provide overnight accommodation in a domestic-style environment, which is staffed for a minimum of 6 hours a day and at least 50 hours per week. Accommodation may be provided on a short, medium or long term basis.
Standard: Health

Step-parent

749068 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The non-biological parent who is the spouse of the child’s biological parent or previously adoptive parent. Foster parents are not included in this category.
Standard: Children and Families

Termination of pregnancy

745843 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The intentional expulsion of a product of conception from the uterus either by medication or instrumentation, with the intention being the death of the embryo or fetus. This includes induction of labour without expectation of fetal survival, for example in the case of severe pre-eclampsia at pre-viable gestations or prolonged rupture of membranes with severe infection.
Standard: Health

Transgender

645820 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A general term for a person whose gender identity is different to their sex at birth. A trans person may take steps to live in their nominated sex with or without health intervention(s).
Standard: Health

Transgender

398610 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A transgender person is a person who: (a) identifies as a member of a different sex by living, or seeking to live, as a member of that sex; or (b) has identified as a member of a different sex by living as a member of that sex; whether or not the person is a recognised transgender person.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Community Services (retired)

Urban Centre

467399 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A population cluster of 1,000 or more people.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Disability, Housing assistance
Qualified: Commonwealth Department of Health

Urban Centre and Locality

695681 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An area of concentrated urban development with a population of 200 people or more.
Standard: Health, Housing assistance

Volunteer

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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