Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Specialist attendances, 2011–12|
|Description:||The average number of non-hospital specialist attendances per person in a year.|
|Indicator set:||National Health Performance Authority: Healthy Communities: 2011–|
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Collection and usage attributes
|Population group age from:||All ages|
Attendances included in this indicator are non-hospital specialist attendances.
Specialist attendances are Medicare benefit funded referred patient/doctor encounters, such as visits, consultations and attendances (including video conferencing), involving medical practitioners who have been recognised as specialists or consultant physicians for Medicare benefits purposes.
Specialist attendances comprise all items in Broad Type of Services Group 'C', as published in official MBS statistics by the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health.
Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.
Total services (attendances/visits – source MBS claims data).
Total Estimated Resident Population (ERP) as supplied by ABS.
In undertaking age standardisation of MBS data, the age of each person was determined from the last MBS service of any type, processed by the Department of Human Services in 2011–12. All MBS services for each individual processed in 2011–12, were attributed to the age in question.
For MBS data, Medicare Local and SA3 were determined having regard to the enrolment postcode for each person from the last MBS service of any type, processed by the Department of Human Services in 2011–12. All MBS services for each individual processed in 2011–12, were attributed to the postcode in question.
MBS postcode level data were allocated to Medicare Local and SA3 regions using concordance files provided by ABS.
Numerator based on Medicare (MBS) data provided by Department of Health for the financial year of processing, 2011–12.
Denominator – Estimated Resident Population at 30 June 2011 provided by ABS.
Presented per person.
Before MBS data are published by NHPA all confidential data cells are suppressed.
The current definition of confidential data is as follows:
Numerator ÷ Denominator
Specialist attendances, age-standardised
Specialist attendances variations within Medicare Locals
Specialist attendances variations within Medicare Locals, age-standardised
|Numerator:||Number of specialist attendances (non-hospital) claimed through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)|
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator:||Total estimated resident population (ERP)|
|Denominator data elements:|
By Medicare Local catchments, Medicare Local peer groups and Statistical Area 3 (SA3)
|Disaggregation data elements:|
|Comments:||Apart from services involving eligible war veterans and their dependents, MBS data has almost complete coverage for out-of-hospital, but only covers private services in hospital. Since MBS specialist attendance data do not include attendances involving public patients in hospital and public outpatients, MBS specialist attendances data have only been published for non-hospital attendances.|
|Representation class:||Mean (average)|
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||PAF-Equity of access|
Data source attributes
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Department of Health
|Reporting requirements:||National Health Performance Agreement - Performance and Accountability Framework|
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
For MBS data Department of Health
For ERP data Australian Bureau of Statistics
|Accountability:||National Health Performance Authority|
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||National Health Performance Authority|
|Reference documents:||National Health Performance Agreement - Performance and Accountability Framework|
|Related metadata references:|
Has been superseded by National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Specialist attendances, 2012–13
Has been superseded by National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Specialist attendances, 2013–14