Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment dental data collection, 2019; Quality Statement
Data Quality Statement Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Quality Statement|
AIHW Data Quality Statements, Superseded 17/11/2021
|Data quality statement summary:|
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is responsible for undertaking the data management, analysis and reporting of information collected as part of the SFNT/NTRAI OHP.
The AIHW is a Commonwealth statutory agency established by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 (AIHW Act) to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare. It is an independent Commonwealth corporate entity, governed by a management board, and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Health Portfolio.
The AIHW aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through better health and welfare information and statistics. It collects and reports information on a wide range of topics and issues, ranging from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury, and mental health, to ageing, homelessness, disability and child protection.
The Institute also plays a role in developing and maintaining national metadata standards. This work contributes to improving the quality and consistency of national health and welfare statistics. The Institute works closely with governments and non-government organisations to achieve greater adherence to these standards in administrative data collections to promote national consistency and comparability of data and reporting.
One of the main functions of the AIHW is to work with the states and territories to improve the quality of administrative data and, where possible, to compile national data sets based on data from each jurisdiction, to analyse these data sets and disseminate information and statistics.
The AIHW Act, in conjunction with compliance to the Privacy Act 1988, (Cth) ensures that data collections managed by the AIHW are kept securely and under the strictest conditions with respect to privacy and confidentiality.
For further information see the AIHW website.
Data for the NTRAI dental data collection were supplied to the AIHW by the Northern Territory Department of Health (NT DoH), which has been funded to deliver SFNT/NTRAI oral health services. The NT DoH is responsible for providing a wide range of health and family services, and delivers services related to the Ministerial responsibilities of Health and Senior Territorians. Further information can be found on the NT DoH website.
The data on services delivered are submitted to the AIHW by the NT DoH at the start of each calendar year. The dental data collection contains information on children and young people who received dental services between July 2012 and December 2019.
The first report from the SFNT dental data collection was published in December 2014, with a reference period of July 2012 to December 2013. The second report from the SFNT/NTRAI dental data collection was published in January 2017, with a reference period of July 2012 to December 2015. The third report from the SFNT/NTRAI dental data collection was published in February 2018, with a reference period of July 2012 to December 2016. The fourth report was published in February 2019, with a reference period of July 2012 to December 2017. The fifth report was published in November 2019, with a reference period of July 2012 to December 2018. The latest report was published in March 2021, with a reference period of July 2012 to December 2019. Each annual report builds on the previous years’ data to produce time trends, and track children and young people as they move through the program. It is expected that future reports will be published on an annual basis by calendar year.
To obtain de-identified unit record data for the SFNT/ NTRAI dental data collection, consent for sharing information must be obtained from children’s families. If children’s families do not give consent for their information to be used in de-identified unit record form, only a limited amount of information can be sent to the AIHW. These data are submitted to the AIHW in aggregate form to enable the number of services and, subsequently, the number of children to be counted, but do not contain detailed demographic information, types of treatment received or oral health status.
In the first 6 months of the SFNT OHP (July to December 2012), the consent rate to share data with the AIHW was low, at 27% for clinical service recipients, 26% for full-mouth fluoride varnish (FV) recipients, and 22% for fissure sealant recipients; data collected in this period are not representative of all SFNT dental services and service recipients. However, consent rates improved significantly after the initial period for all services in this collection, ranging between around 60% and around 90% in the years since (with year-to-year fluctuations). In 2019 consent rates for service recipients were 80% for clinical service visits, 73% for full-mouth fluoride varnish recipients and 81% for fissure sealant recipients.
Personal information, such as the child’s name, is not provided to the AIHW. As such, children can only be tracked using a Hospital Registration Number (HRN). Children cannot be tracked if their HRN is missing or incorrect, however in 2019, there were no such cases.
|Implementation start date:||23/03/2021|
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
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Supersedes Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment dental data collection, 2018; Quality Statement
AIHW Data Quality Statements, Superseded 23/03/2021
Has been superseded by Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment dental data collection, 2020; Quality Statement
AIHW Data Quality Statements, Superseded 28/10/2022