Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Children's Health Checks: Audiology services DSS, May 2011-March 2012

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Set Specification
METeOR identifier:496205
Registration status:Indigenous, Archived 18/02/2015
DSS type:Data Set Specification (DSS)

Funding from the Australian Government allowed for follow-up ear and hearing health services delivered through the Child Health Check Initiative (CHCI) and then the Closing the Gap (CtG) in the Northern Territory National Partnership Agreement. These services were made available to children, aged less than 16 years, in prescribed areas of the Northern Territory from August 2007.

Follow up services were delivered by the NT Department of Health (NT DoH) and Aboriginal medical services.

The CHCI (CtG) Audiology services initially focused on children with audiology referrals from multiple sources including Child Health Checks. If possible and if funding allowed, services were also provided to other children in need of or who sought services.

The audiology services provided under CHCI (CtG) were designed to enable three visits to each community in the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory (SFNT) prescribed areas, allowing repeated audiology assessments to monitor hearing loss and middle ear function of children in these communities.

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

This audiology services dataset is based on version 6 the audiology services form which was implemented between May 2011 to March 2012. The form contains clinical data collected as part of routine healthcare provided by professionals who delivered these services. Earlier versions of the audiology form were in place between August 2007 and April 2011. Although the various versions of the audiology forms have most of the same questions, there are also some key differences, such as:

  • version 1a does not include a question on the Hospital Registration Number (HRN)
  • version 1a and 1b include a question about consent for the provision of data
  • the format of, and response options for, question 4 have changed substantially between the earlier and later versions of the form.

The AIHW only receives confidentialised unit record level information on those children for which consent for data provision to AIHW has been obtained.

Implementation start date:01/05/2011
Implementation end date:31/03/2012

Glossary terms that are relevant to this DSS are:

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Department of Health (DoH)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

Steward:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Northern Territory Department of Health 2011. Audiology service form, Version 6

AIHW 2012. Northern Territory Emergency Response Child Health Check Initiative: follow-up services for oral and ear health: final report, 2007-2012. Cat. no. DEN 223. Canberra: AIHW

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Has been superseded by Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory: Audiology services DSS, April 2012-April 2013 Indigenous, Archived 18/02/2015

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

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Seq No.Metadata item Obligation Max occurs
1Service event—date of service, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
2Audiology assessment client clusterMandatory1
3Patient—previous audiology assessment indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
4Previous audiology assessment information clusterConditional1
5Patient—hearing loss indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
6Patient—site of hearing loss, code NConditional1
7Patient—type of hearing loss, code NConditional1
8Patient—hearing impairment indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
9Patient—degree of hearing impairment, code NConditional1
10Patient—middle ear condition indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
11Patient—middle ear condition type, code N.NConditional2
12Patient—middle ear condition type, text X[X(99)]Conditional2
13Patient—audiology assessment recommended course of action, code N[N]Mandatory7
14Patient—audiology assessment recommended course of action, text X[X(99)]Conditional1