Community nursing service episode—last contact date, DDMMYYYY

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Date of last contact
METeOR identifier:270191
Registration status:Health, Standard 01/03/2005
Definition:Date of the last contact between a staff member of the community service and a person in any setting.
Data Element Concept:Community nursing service episode—last contact date

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Date
Data type:Date/Time
Maximum character length:8

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

This could be the same as the date of discharge.


  • visits made to persons in institutional settings for the purpose of handing over or otherwise completing a care episode;
  • bereavement visits in any setting;
  • visits made to the person's home to complete the service, including the collection of equipment.


  • visits made by liaison/discharge planning staff of a community service for the purpose of assessment of need related to a subsequent episode of care.

If service agencies are committed to monitoring all resource utilisation associated with an episode of care, this post-discharge date and the corresponding pre-admission metadata item Date of first contact, have a place within an agency information system. This is particularly true for those agencies providing discharge planning service or specialist consultancy or assessment services.

To enable analysis of time periods throughout a care episode, especially the bereavement period. This date has been included in order to capture the end of a care episode in terms of involvement of the community nursing service.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Australian Council of Community Nursing Services

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Date of last contact, version 2, DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (15.1 KB)