|Metadata item type:||Data Element Concept|
|Definition:||Referral to further care by health service agencies/facilities.|
Mental health care:
Many psychiatric inpatients have continuing needs for post-discharge care. Continuity of care across the hospital-community interface is a key policy theme emerging in the various states and territories. Inclusion of this metadata item allows the opportunity to monitor interagency linkages and is complementary to the metadata item the source of referral.