Indigenous-specific primary health care NBEDS June 2023
Data Set Specification Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
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|Data Set Specification
Indigenous, Standard 18/12/2023
|Data Set Specification (DSS)
The Indigenous-specific primary health care national best endeavours data set (ISPHC NBEDS) is primarily designed to support the collection of data for use in associated national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs). Data are collected from Indigenous-specific primary health care organisations or maternal and child health programs/services funded by the Department of Health and Aged Care under its Indigenous Australians' Health Programme (IAHP), referred to as funded organisations.
For the purposes of the ISPHC NBEDS, Indigenous-specific primary health care is defined as:
“…socially and culturally appropriate, universally accessible, scientifically sound, first level care. It is provided by health services and systems with a suitably trained workforce comprised of multidisciplinary teams supported by integrated referral systems in a way that: gives priority to those most in need and addresses health inequalities; maximises community and individual self-reliance, participation and control and; involves collaboration and partnership with other sectors to promote public health. Comprehensive primary health care includes health promotion, illness prevention, treatment, and care of the sick, community development, advocacy, and rehabilitation services.”
This definition has been endorsed by the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the Northern Territory (AMSANT), the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN), the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI), and the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
Funded organisations include:
The ISPHC NBEDS describes (using individual-level data elements) the aggregate data to be provided to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) by those organisations. While the ISPHC NBEDS describes the data by means of individual level data elements, only aggregate data at organisation level are supplied. No individual level client data are supplied.
Collection and usage attributes
Each unit represents aggregate data from an individual funded organisation relating to the Indigenous regular clients of the organisation.
Each organisation funded under the IAHP to provide Indigenous-specific primary health care records service provision in their clinical information system (CIS).
The CISs contain many variables related to individual clients, but only those specified as required for the nKPIs, aggregated for each organisation, are extracted for use.
Data are aggregated using cohort definitions and specialised software and then submitted to the AIHW via the Health Data Portal (HDP). The HDP is the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care’s secure web-based data submission platform.
Many CIS are able to extract, aggregate and upload the de-individualised data directly to the HDP through a direct-load process. Organisations with systems unable to complete the direct-load process are able to manually enter aggregate data directly into a web-based form through the HDP.
To avoid the complexity required to adequately describe the various permutations of the aggregate data supplied to the AIHW, the ISPHC NBEDS describes the data to be collected in terms of individual level data elements, however, only aggregate organisational level data derived from these data elements is supplied to the AIHW.
For example, to report the number of Indigenous regular clients aged 11 and over with a smoking status recorded, organisations report the count of persons where:
but do not include individual client records.
More information on the data to be supplied can be found in the User guide (AIHW 2022).
The Indigenous regular client status of a client is determined by the organisation.
National reporting arrangements
Each funded organisation should record service provision in clinical information management systems that allow the electronic transmission of data for reporting.
Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated
Data are supplied on a 6-monthly basis. The June 2023 ISPHC NBEDS describes the data census date 30 June 2023, and covers the period (depending on the indicator involved):
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Glossary terms that are relevant to this NBEDS are included here.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) (2022) AIHW national Key Performance Indicators (nKPI) data collection: user guide, June 2023, AIHW, Canberra.
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Supersedes Indigenous-specific primary health care NBEDS December 2022
Indigenous, Superseded 18/12/2023
Has been superseded by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific primary health care NBEDS December 2023
Indigenous, Qualified 23/02/2024
See also Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific primary health care key performance indicators (June 2023); Quality Statement
AIHW Data Quality Statements, Standard 30/01/2024
See also Indigenous-specific primary health care national key performance indicators June 2023
Indigenous, Standard 18/12/2023