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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)


606099 | Glossary Item
In pharmacology, this term pertains to two formulations of the same drug that attain similar concentrations in blood and tissues at similar times with no clinically important differences between their therapeutic or adverse effects. Two medicinal products containing the same active substance are considered bioequivalent if they are pharmaceutically equivalent or pharmaceutical alternatives and their bioavailabilities (rate and extent of absorption) after administration in the same molar dose lie...
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health


602791 | Glossary Item
The process of preparing and issuing drugs or drug mixtures from a pharmaceutical outlet or department. Typically the process involves: (a) receiving a prescription from a duly qualified prescriber (doctor, dentist, optometrist, in some states, podiatrists, or veterinary surgeons) with sufficient information to be able to properly identify the individual patient and to dispense it safely; (b) determining the prescriber's intentions as to the patient's medicines; (c) making full records of all as...
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Geographic indicator

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Superseded: Health, Indigenous, Children and Families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

Highly Specialised Drugs

623382 | Glossary Item
Highly Specialised Drugs (HSDs) are medicines for the treatment of chronic conditions which, prior to 1 July 2015, were restricted to supply through public and private hospitals having access to appropriate specialist facilities because of their clinical use or other special features. To prescribe these drugs as pharmaceutical benefit items, medical practitioners were required to be affiliated with these specialist hospital units. A general practitioner or non-specialist hospital doctor could on...
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) service provider

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

Medicare provider stem number

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

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescriber

606757 | Glossary Item
A doctor or other authorised health professional who writes or prepares a prescription in accordance with the rules applicable to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), i.e. the National Health (Claims and under co-payment data) Rules 2012 (Cwth).
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Prescriber Bag

600706 | Glossary Item
A provision within the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) whereby certain pharmaceutical benefits are provided without charge to prescribers who, in turn, can supply them free to patients for emergency use.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

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

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