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Healthcare identification occupation cluster

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term523815
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 05/10/2016
DSS type:Help on this termData Element Cluster
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The Healthcare identification occupation cluster includes data elements that define information on an individual provider's professional field of practice, profession number and date of commencement in the health profession.

Collection and usage attributes

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The Australian Standard Person and provider identification in healthcare (AS 4846:2014) refers to 'professions' and uses the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) to define 'professions'.

This data element cluster uses the ABS's Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations 2013 Version 1.2 (ANZSCO) instead of ASCO, as ANZSCO has replaced ASCO as the relevant classification.

The distinction between 'occupation' and 'profession' is as follows:

  • 'Occupation' is a broad term describing any activity performed for monetary compensation.
  • 'Profession' refers to a vocation in which a high degree of education or skills are required.

Generally speaking, a 'profession' has a code of conduct, requires specialisation in a specific field, and/or is regulated by statute, whereas an 'occupation' does not necessarily require these attributes.

For consistency with ANZSCO and other occupation-based metadata items, the word 'occupation' is used throughout this data element cluster to refer to 'profession', except for those instances that relate directly the profession's registration body.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Standards Australia 2014. AS 4846:2014 Person and provider identification in healthcare. Sydney: Standards Australia.

Relational attributes

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Healthcare provider qualification and registration cluster Health, Standard 05/10/2016

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Seq No.Help on this termMetadata itemHelp on this term ObligationHelp on this term Max occursHelp on this term
1Individual service provider—occupation, code (ANZSCO 2013 Version 1.2) N[NNN]{NN}Mandatory1
2Individual service provider—profession identifier, X[X(12)]Mandatory1
3Individual service provider—occupation start date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
4Date—accuracy indicator, code AAAMandatory1
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