Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services–National Minimum Dataset 2010–11 Report - Data quality statement
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Quality Statement|
|Synonymous names:||AODTS–NMDS 2010–11 - Data quality statement|
|Registration status:||AIHW Data Quality Statements, Archived 31/07/2014|
|Quality statement summary:|
Summary of key data quality issues of the AODTS–NMDS 2010–11
Under a memorandum of understanding with the DoHA, the AIHW is responsible for the management of the
AODTS–NMDS. The AIHW maintains a coordinating role in the collection, including providing secretariat duties to the AODTS–NMDS–WG, undertaking data development work and highlighting national and jurisdictional implementation and collection issues. The AIHW is also the data custodian of the national collection and is responsible for collating data from jurisdictions into a national data set and analysing and reporting on the data (at national and state/territory levels).
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia’s health and welfare. It is an independent statutory authority established in 1987, governed by a Management Board, and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Health and Ageing portfolio.
The AIHW aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through better health and welfare information and statistics. It collects and reports information on a wide range of topics and issues, ranging from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury, and mental health, to ageing, homelessness, disability and child protection.
The Institute also plays a role in developing and maintaining national metadata standards. This work contributes to improving the quality and consistency of national health and welfare statistics. The Institute works closely with governments and non-government organisations to achieve greater adherence to these standards in administrative data collections to promote national consistency and comparability of data and reporting.
One of the main functions of the AIHW is to work with the states and territories to improve the quality of administrative data and, where possible, to compile national data sets based on data from each jurisdiction, to analyse these data sets and disseminate information and statistics.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987, in conjunction with compliance to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth), ensures that the data collections managed by the AIHW are kept securely and under the strictest conditions with respect to privacy and confidentiality.For further information see the AIHW website <www.aihw.gov.au/>.
The AIHW and jurisdictions are working towards improving the timeliness of the AODTS–NMDS submission. Due to system and staffing issues in some jurisdictions, the 2010–11 AODTS–NMDS was finalised in June 2012, 5 months after the anticipated data finalisation date. The AIHW is continuing to work with jurisdictions to improve the timeliness of data submissions.Most notably, the AIHW will be using the ValidataTM tool for the 2011–12 collection period. The ValidataTM tool will allow jurisdictions to identify any issues with their own data and fix them, with a goal of submitting final data to the AIHW earlier than has occurred in previous years.
Results from the collection are published in an annual report that can be accessed via the AIHW website. An accompanying AODTS–NMDS specifications and collection manual is also produced annually.
In addition to the annual report, the AIHW publishes a bulletin for each state and territory summarising the main findings from the AODTS–NMDS.
To complement this national report and provide greater detail, state and territory briefs are also produced annually and are available free of charge on the AIHW website, <www.aihw.gov.au>. In addition, public-access data subsets from the AODTS–NMDS are also available on the AIHW website, in the form of interactive data cubes. <http://www.aihw.gov.au/alcohol-and-other-drug-treatment-services-data-cubes/>Additional data requests can also be made on an ad hoc basis.
|Interpretability:||Information on alcohol and other drug treatment services is available in the outputs mentioned above. Definitions of terms used are in the report to assist with interpretability. Detailed definitions of items collected can also be found in the AODTS–NMDS specifications and collection manual.|
The AODTS–NMDS was created to assist in the monitoring and evaluation of key objectives of the National Drug Strategy and will continue to provide an important source of information for monitoring the National Drug Strategy.It is one of a number of data sources that provide a picture of alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia. Data from the collection can also be considered with information from other sources; for instance, the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, to inform debate, policy decisions and planning processes that occur within the broader alcohol and other drug treatment sector.
The AODTS–NMDS is a collection of data from publicly funded treatment services in all states and territories, including those directly funded by the DoHA.
The AODTS–NMDS counts treatment episodes completed during the collection period. For this report, the period was 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011. More detail about the circumstances in which episodes are considered to be completed is in AODTS–NMDS specifications and collection manual 2010–11 (AIHW 2010).
As a national minimum data set, there are collection, reporting and analysis characteristics of the collection that should be considered when reading and interpreting the data. These characteristics limit the application of some analyses and inferences should be drawn with caution.
There are further data quality issues relevant to the interpretation of results from the separate jurisdictions; these are outlined in the 'Submitting organisation' section below.Although every effort has been made to provide comprehensive analysis and tables in this report, there may be times where readers would like specific information, such as particular cross tabulations or unit record data. The AIHW is happy to support data users with definitions and conditions pertaining to the collection and its analysis. Data may be requested from the AIHW, pending approval from jurisdiction data custodians and ethics approval where necessary. Please contact the AIHW for further information.
|Coherence:||The AODTS–NMDS collection is reported annually. The method of data collection and elements collected is consistent between years allowing for meaningful comparisons over time.|
Source and reference attributes
Table 1: Overall data quality considerations and explanatory notes for the AODTS–NMDS collection
|Related metadata references:|
Has been superseded by Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS, 2011–12; Quality Statement AIHW Data Quality Statements, Archived 31/07/2014