Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Specialist attendances, 2013–14|
|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 are directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population. 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 2013–14. All MBS services for each individual processed in 2013–14, were attributed this age. For MBS data, Primary Health Network (PHN) and SA3 were derived from the enrolment postcode for each person from the last MBS service of any type, processed by the Department of Human Services in 2013–14. All MBS services for each individual processed in 2013–14 were attributed to this postcode. MBS postcode level data were allocated to PHN and SA3 regions using concordance files provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
SA3 level data for 2013-14 are not directly comparable to previous years due to a change in method for allocating post-office box (PO box) addresses to SA3 geographies. The change in method means that data for people with a PO box postcode recorded as their residential address may be included in SA3 totals.
Individual SA3 level data has been provided for the Northern Territory for 2013-14. Previously, this data was provided at the state level only.
Numerator - Medicare (MBS) data provided by Department of Health for the financial year of processing, 2013–14.
Denominator – Estimated Resident Population at 30 June 2013 provided by ABS.
Data elements used in computing the numerator were MBS item number, age of patient (based on age derived from the last MBS service processed for each individual in 2013–14) and patient enrolment postcode (based on the enrolment postcode from the last MBS service processed for each individual in 2013–14).
Presented as average 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
For more information about age-standardisation, please see:
|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:|
|Disaggregation:||By Primary Health Network areas|
|Disaggregation data elements:|
The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) has complete coverage of out-of-hospital specialist services with the exception of those involving eligible war veterans and their dependents. For in-hospital services, the MBS covers private services only. As MBS specialist attendances data do not include attendances involving public patients in hospital and public outpatients, MBS specialist attendances data have only been published for non-hospital specialist 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:|
Supersedes National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Specialist attendances, 2011–12