Identifying and definitional attributes
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The Disability cluster defines information relating to Centrelink recipients in relation to medical conditions, permanency of medical conditions and impairment ratings for the purposes of Disability Support Pension (DSP).
Collection and usage attributes
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While impairment ratings and permanency codes are collected for up to 5 medical conditions, only the primary medical condition is provided in the PIA research DSS due to privacy concerns.
DSP is an income support payment for people who are:
In order to claim the DSP, a person must undergo an assessment such as an Employment Services Assessment, a Job Capacity Assessment or Disability Medical Assessment. These assessments:
As part of these assessments, the person's treating doctor provides details of medical conditions that impact a person's ability to work. These conditions are given an order of impact, with the primary medical condition having the most significant impact on a person's functioning. For each medical condition, details of the permanency of the condition and an impairment rating (relating to the severity of the medical condition) are provided.
In order to determine the extent of impairment and permanency of a recipient’s medical condition, the Department of Social Services also collects information on the type of functional impairment caused by that condition. However this data element has not been included in this data set in order to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of recipients.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Government Department of Social Services
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