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Public dental waiting list episode—waiting list type, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termPublic dental waiting list type
METeOR identifier:Help on this term429615
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 02/08/2012
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018
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The type of public dental waiting list upon which a person is placed, as represented by a code.

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Public dental waiting times

Data Element Concept:Public dental waiting list episode—waiting list type

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
1General dental care
2Denture care
3Assessment
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 1   General dental care

The person is on a waiting list to receive general dental care. 'General dental care' is any examination and treatment relating to natural teeth and soft tissue resulting in a person being dentally fit, excluding specialist services and denture treatment.

CODE 2   Denture care

The person is on a waiting list to receive denture care. 'Denture care' is provision of full or partial dentures or other dental prosthetic devices for the full or partial restoration and/or maintenance of oral health, function and appearance.

CODE 3   Assessment

The person is on a waiting list for an assessment. An 'assessment' is a consultation and examination to determine future treatment.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this termVictorian Department of Human Services - Public dental non-urgent care wait list policy
Reference documents:Help on this term

Victorian Department of Human Services 2011. Public dental non-urgent care wait list policy. Victorian Department of Human Services, Melbourne. Viewed 17 August 2011, http://docs.health.vic.gov.au/docs/doc/Public-dental-non-urgent-care-wait-list-policy-July-2007

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Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Jurisdictions often maintain separate waiting lists for different categories of dental treatment. For example, a person waiting for dentures will be placed on a denture waiting list, while a person waiting for a check-up may be placed on a waiting list for general dental care. The lists are likely to have different waiting times so it is necessary to differentiate between lists.

The 'Assessment' code should only be used if the person is placed on a specific waiting list for assessment which is distinct from the waiting lists for general dental care or denture care. If the jurisdiction does not have a separate 'Assessment' waiting list, then waiting list episodes should be recorded using the 'General dental care' or 'Denture care' codes, even if an assessment to determine future treatment is included in the course of care.

The calculation of total waiting time will differ between jurisdictions that use an assessment waiting list and those that do not.

In cases where a person is on a waiting list for both general dental care and denture carefor example, a person with natural teeth requiring partial dentures is placed on a waiting list for denture care following completion of general carethis should be counted as two separate waiting list episodes.

In cases where a person is on a waiting list for combined general and denture carethat is, a person with natural teeth requiring partial denture treatment is given partial denture treatment within a course of general care without a person being placed on a denture waiting listthis should be counted as a single general care waiting list episode.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

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Public dental waiting times DSS 2012-13 Health, Superseded 09/11/2012

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Public dental waiting times NMDS 2013-2018 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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Public dental waiting times NMDS 2018- Health, Standard 25/01/2018
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

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