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Person—communication method, code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termCommunication method
METeOR identifier:Help on this term322186
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services (retired), Superseded 27/04/2007
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The method of communication, including sign language, most effectively used by the person, as represented by a code.

Context:Help on this termMethod of communication is an important indicator of potential barriers to social inclusion, particularly in conjunction with data on country of birth and interpreter services required.
Data Element Concept:Person—communication method

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Spoken language (effective)
2Sign language (effective)
3Other effective non-spoken communication (e.g. Canon Communicator, Compic)
4Little or no effective communication
5Child aged under 5 years (not applicable)
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Code 1 and 2

The communication must be effective in that the person must be able  to communicate more than just basic needs, to unfamiliar people, using this method. 

Code 5     Child aged under 5 years (not applicable)

This item is considered ‘not applicable’ to young children. Hence, children aged 0–4 years should always be represented by code ‘5’.

If the communication method varies over time and it is difficult to say what the usual method is, please report the most effective method during the reference week.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this termCommonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement National Minimum Data Set (CSTDA NMDS) collection. Data Guide: data items and definitions 2005-06.

Data element attributes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Origin:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare 2002. Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement National Minimum Data Set collection: data guidedata items and definitions 200203.

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Person—communication method, code N Disability, Standard 07/10/2014, Community Services (retired), Standard 27/04/2007

Supersedes Person—communication method, code N Community Services (retired), Superseded 29/04/2006

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