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WA Abortion Notification System

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term510999
Registration status:Help on this termWA Health, Endorsed 04/03/2014
DSS type:Help on this termData Set Specification (DSS)
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The scope of the WA Abortion Notification System (WA ANS) is defined by Form 1 of the Regulations for the WA Health Act 1911. The WA ANS holds a digital copy of information provided on Form 1 by Medical Practitioners to the Executive Director, Public Health within 14 days of performing a procedure that is intended to terminate a woman's pregnancy or a fetus of a multiple pregnancy. Details of events for women having miscarriages (spontaneous abortions) or procedures to extract fetuses that have died in utero are not included in this collection.

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:Help on this termEach event that terminates a pregnancy. Also each event that terminates one or more fetuses of a multiple pregnancy where pregnancy is expected to continue for one or more other fetuses to be born alive at a later date. 
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This DSS specifies the data elements required to be reported by Medical Practitioners by the WA Health Act 1911, and its Regulations. It also describes any relationships with other DSS or Data Elements. 

The WA Health Act 1911 prohibits identifying information being reported on Form 1 for women having induced abortions. Some demographic data are collected for statistical analysis like pregnancy gestation and maternal age, postcode of residence and indigenous status.


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The Health (Section 335(5)(d) Abortion Notice) Amendment Regulations 2001 specify Form 1. Medical Practitioners must complete this form within 14 days for each abortion induced. Original copies of the completed form are submitted to the Department of Health and a copy retained by the Practitioner. Information provided on Form 1 is converted to electronic data through data entry at the Department of Health.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/01/2002
Implementation end date:Help on this term31/07/2014

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termWA Department of Health

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1Registered health professional—Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency registration number, AAAN(10)Mandatory1
2Establishment—WA identifier, NNN[N]Mandatory1
3Pregnancy—abortion commenced date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
4Pregnancy—estimated duration, total weeks N[N]Mandatory1
5Pregnancy—abortion method, code NMandatory1
6Pregnancy—abortion method, text X[(50)]Conditional1
7Pregnancy—abortion reason, code NMandatory1
8Product of conception—description of congenital anomaly, text X[(50)]Conditional1
9Person—age, total years N[NN]Mandatory1
10Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
11Address—Australian postcode, Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}Mandatory1
12Record—identifier, NN[8]Mandatory1
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