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Establishment—geographic remoteness, admitted patient care remoteness classification (ASGC-RA) N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termGeographic remoteness—admitted patient care
Synonymous names:Help on this termGeographic remoteness of establishment
METeOR identifier:Help on this term461473
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 07/12/2011
Definition:Help on this termThe remoteness of an establishment providing admitted patient care, based on the physical road distance to the nearest urban centre and its population size, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Establishment—geographic remoteness

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Standard Geographical Classification 2010
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
0Major cities of Australia
1Inner regional Australia
2Outer regional Australia
3Remote Australia
4Very remote Australia
5Migratory
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

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This value domain is intended exclusively for use when collecting data relating to admitted patient care.

CODE 0   Major cities of Australia

'Major cities of Australia' includes Census Collection Districts (CDs) with an average Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA+) index value of 0 to 0.2.

CODE 1   Inner regional Australia

'Inner regional Australia' includes CDs with an average ARIA+ index value greater than 0.2 and less than or equal to 2.4.

CODE 2   Outer regional Australia

'Outer regional Australia' includes CDs with an average ARIA+ index value greater than 2.4 and less than or equal to 5.92.

CODE 3   Remote Australia

'Remote Australia' includes CDs with an average ARIA+ index value greater than 5.92 and less than or equal to 10.53.

CODE 4   Very remote Australia

'Very remote Australia' includes CDs with an average ARIA+ index value greater than 10.53.

CODE 5   Migratory

'Migratory' is composed of off-shore, shipping and migratory CDs.

This value domain allows for the allocation of remoteness codes in accordance with those used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) remoteness structure. It is intended exclusively for use in the collection of admitted patient care data, where historically data has been remoteness coded to the value range 0-5. The similarly structured value domain, using the value range 1-6 for remoteness, should be used wherever possible (see the 'Related metadata references' section below).

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In this value domain, physical distance is defined in terms of ARIA+ codes, rather than a simple linear distance between points.

The list of permissible values for this value domain, i.e. codes 0 to 5, is the same as that used by the ABS to describe remoteness areas, i.e. codes 0 to 5, and is directly mappable to the range of codes used (codes 1-6) in the related value domain linked below (see the 'Related metadata references' section).

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In its initial form, as developed by GISCA and the then Department of Health and Aged Care in 1999, ARIA scores ranged from 0 to 12 and were based on proximity to 4 points of reference.

A new version, ARIA+, was introduced in 2003, with ARIA+ scores now based on proximity to 5 points of reference. Also, changes were made to allow for more accurate estimation of the cost of travelling from Tasmania to the mainland, and to increase accuracy for locations at the urban fringe.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Origin:Help on this term

Information relating to remoteness is available from the Geography portal on the ABS website:

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011. ABS Geography. Viewed 14 November 2011,
http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/Geography

Information relating to the development of the ARIA and ARIA+ scores by the National Centre for Social Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GISCA) is available from the GISCA website: 

National Centre for Social Applications of Geographic Information Systems 2011. ARIA - Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia. Viewed 14 November 2011,
http://gisca.adelaide.edu.au/projects/aria_project.html

Data element attributes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Admitted patient care NMDS 2012-13 Health, Superseded 02/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Admitted patient care NMDS 2013-14 Health, Superseded 11/04/2014

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