Admitted patient care NMDS 2006-07

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Set Specification
METeOR identifier:334023
Registration status:Health, Superseded 23/10/2006
DSS type:National Minimum Data Set (NMDS)

Episodes of care for admitted patients in all public and private acute and psychiatric hospitals, free standing day hospital facilities and alcohol and drug treatment centres in Australia. Hospitals operated by the Australian Defence Force, corrections authorities and in Australia's off-shore territories may also be included. Hospitals specialising in dental, ophthalmic aids and other specialised acute medical or surgical care are included.

Hospital boarders and still births are not included as they are not admitted to hospital. Organ procurement episodes are also not included.

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:

Episodes of care for admitted patients

Collection methods:

Data are collected at each hospital from patient administrative and clinical record systems. Hospitals forward data to the relevant state or territory health authority on a regular basis (e.g. monthly).

National reporting arrangements

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collation, on an annual basis.

Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated

Financial years ending 30 June each year.

Implementation start date:01/07/2006
Implementation end date:30/06/2007

Scope links with other NMDS

Episodes of care for admitted patients which occur partly or fully in designated psychiatric units of public acute hospitals or in public psychiatric hospitals:

  • Admitted patient mental health care NMDS.

Episodes of care for admitted patients where care type is palliative care:

  • Admitted patient palliative care NMDS.

Glossary items

Some previous Knowledgebase data element concepts are available in the METeOR glossary. Glossary items are available online through links in the relevant metadata items. In addition links to the glossary terms that are relevant to this National minimum data set are listed below.



Episode of acute care

Hospital boarder

Hospital-in-the-home care

Live birth


Newborn qualification status

Organ procurement - posthumous

Same-day patient


Source and reference attributes

Origin:National Health Information Management Group

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Admitted patient care NMDS Health, Superseded 07/12/2005

Has been superseded by Admitted patient care NMDS 2007-08 Health, Superseded 05/02/2008

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

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Seq No.Metadata item Obligation Max occurs
-Episode of admitted patient care (newborn)—number of qualified days, total N[NNNN]Conditional1
-Episode of admitted patient care—admission date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—admission mode, code NMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—admission urgency status, code NMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—diagnosis related group, code (AR-DRG v5.1) ANNAMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—elected accommodation status, code NMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—intended length of hospital stay, code NMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—major diagnostic category, code (AR-DRG v5.1) NNMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—number of days of hospital-in-the-home care, total {N[NN]}Mandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—number of leave days, total N[NN]Mandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—procedure, code (ACHI 5th edn) NNNNN-NNMandatory50
-Episode of admitted patient care—referral source, public psychiatric hospital code NNConditional1
-Episode of admitted patient care—separation date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Episode of admitted patient care—separation mode, code NMandatory1
-Episode of care—additional diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 5th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Mandatory50
-Episode of care—expected principal source of funding, hospital code NNMandatory1
-Episode of care—inter-hospital contracted patient status, code NMandatory1
-Episode of care—mental health legal status, code NMandatory1
-Episode of care—number of psychiatric care days, total N[NNNN]Mandatory1
-Episode of care—principal diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 5th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Mandatory1
-Establishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code NMandatory1
-Establishment—organisation identifier (state/territory), NNNNNMandatory1
-Establishment—region identifier, X[X]Mandatory1
-Establishment—sector, code NMandatory1
-Hospital service—care type, code N[N].NMandatory1
-Injury event—activity type, code (ICD-10-AM 5th edn) ANNNNMandatory50
-Injury event—external cause, code (ICD-10-AM 5th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Mandatory50
-Injury event—place of occurrence, code (ICD-10-AM 5th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Mandatory50
-Patient—hospital insurance status, code NMandatory1
-Person—area of usual residence, geographical location code (ASGC 2005) NNNNNMandatory1
-Person—country of birth, code (SACC 1998) NNNNMandatory1
-Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person—eligibility status, Medicare code NMandatory1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
-Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Person—sex, code NMandatory1
-Person—weight (measured), total grams NNNNConditional1