Person (name)—name type, code N
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Name type|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 04/05/2005|
Community Services (retired), Superseded 06/02/2012
|Definition:||A classification that enables differentiation between recorded names for a person, as represented by a code.|
|Data Element Concept:||Person (name)—name type|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||1|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
A person may have more than one name that they use. At least one name must be recorded for each person. Each name recorded must have one or more appropriate Person name type associated with it. Record all that are required.
One name is sufficient; however, where the person offers more than one name, clarification should be obtained from the person to ensure accurate identification of the person and recording of the various names. The currently used name, as well as names by which the person has previously been known, should be recorded if these are known.
Field value definitions for Person name type codes are:
CODE 1 Preferred name is the name by which the person chooses to be identified.
CODE 2 Medicare name for a health care client, this is the person’s name as it appears on their Medicare card. The name stated on the Medicare card is required for all electronic Medicare claim lodgement. If the preferred name of the person is different to the name on the Medicare card, the Medicare card name should also be recorded. For an individual health care provider, this is the person’s name registered by Medicare (Health Insurance Commission).
CODE 3 Newborn name: type is reserved for the identification of unnamed newborn babies.
CODE 4 Alias name is any other name that a person is also known by, or has been known by in the past; that is, all alias names. This includes misspelt names or name variations that are to be retained as they have been used to identify this person. More than one alias name may be recorded for a person.
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Standards Australia|
National Health Data Committee
National Community Services Data Committee
AS5017 Health Care Client Identification, 2002, Sydney: Standards Australia
|Reference documents:||AS4846 Health Care Provider Identification, 2004, Sydney: Standards Australia |
In AS5017 and AS4846 alternative alphabetic codes are presented. Refer to the current standard for more details.
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Person (name)—name type, code A Health, Superseded 04/05/2005
Has been superseded by Person—name usage type, code AAA Health, Proposed 11/04/2013, Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Community Services (retired), Standard 06/02/2012
|Implementation in Data Set Specifications:|
Health care client identification DSS Health, Superseded 03/12/2008
Health care client identification DSS Health, Retired 20/03/2013
Health care provider identification DSS Health, Superseded 04/07/2007
Health care provider identification DSS Health, Superseded 03/12/2008
Health care provider identification DSS Health, Retired 20/03/2013