Australian Government: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare METeOR Home Page

Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory: Dental Services DSS, 2011

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term496216
Registration status:Help on this termIndigenous, Endorsed 08/10/2014
DSS type:Help on this termData Set Specification (DSS)
Scope:Help on this term

The Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory (CtG): Dental Services DSS, 2011 describes data collected in relation to dental services, provided by dental practitioners, to Indigenous children living in prescribed areas in the Northern Territory. Funding from the Australian Government allowed for dental services to be delivered through the Child Health Check Initiative (CHCI) and the Closing the Gap (CtG) Child Oral Health Program from August 2007. The focus of the CtG dental service is on Indigenous children aged 15 years or less who have dental referrals from their Child Health Checks. Other children may also receive services from the NT Department of Health (NT DoH), however, funding for these services is provided from other sources.

Dental services that do not require anaesthetic or can be provided through the administration of local anaesthetic are provided through mobile facilities or community clinics which are staffed by dental practitioners. Treatments requiring general anaesthetic, such as if a child had a severe dental health problem requiring surgery, are provided by Northern Territory public hospitals.

Dental practitioners can be dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, dental prothetists or oral health therapists.

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory (CtG): Dental Services DSS, 2011 is based on version 2 of the dental services form. This form was implemented in October 2011 and was in use until July 2012, after which version 3 was introduced for data collection relating to services provided under the Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory program. An earlier version of the dental services form was implemented in August 2007 and is still used by some dental clinics. Version 2 of the dental services form collects the following additional information:

  • the ID or name of the community, town camp or homeland where the child is resident
  • "full mouth fluoride" collected separately in dental services provided during this occasion of service
  • "dental abscess" added to problems treated during this occasion of service
  • an indication of whether a patient was referred for a general anaesthetic.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) only receives confidentialised unit record level information on those children for which consent for data provision to AIHW has been obtained.

Collection methods:Help on this termData collected is based on 'occasion of service' which refers to occasions of examination, consultation, treatment or other services provided to a patient. When the dental service occurs, the dental practitioner completes the form with information about the services provided and the child's demographic details.
Implementation start date:Help on this term01/10/2011
Comments:Help on this term

Glossary terms that are relevant to this DSS are:

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Department of Health

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

Steward:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Reference documents:Help on this term

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

AIHW 2012. Dental health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory:
progress of the Closing the Gap Child Oral Health Program, April 2012.
Bulletin 102. Canberra: AIHW

AIHW 2011.Dental health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory:
findings from the Closing the Gap Program. Cat. no. IHW41. Canberra: AIHW

Metadata items in this Data Set SpecificationHelp on this term

    Show more detail
Seq No.Help on this termMetadata itemHelp on this term ObligationHelp on this term Max occursHelp on this term
1Service event—date of service, DDMMYYYYMandatory2
2Discrete Indigenous community—identifier, AANNAOptional2
3Discrete Indigenous community—Indigenous community name, text AA[A(38)]Optional2
4Client—consent obtained indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
5Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]Mandatory2
6Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
7Person—sex, code NMandatory1
8Patient—type of dental service provided, code N[N]{X}Mandatory11
9Patient—type of dental service provided, text X[X(99)]Conditional1
10Patient—assessment only indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
11Patient—oral health education indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
12Patient—dental treatment provided indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
13Patient—type of dental problem treated, code N[N]Optional9
14Patient—type of dental problem treated, text X[X(99)]Conditional1
17Decayed, missing and filled teeth clusterMandatory1
18Patient—follow-up dental treatment required indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
19Patient—general anaesthesia administered indicator, yes/no code NConditional1
My items Help on this term
Download Help on this term