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Person—sex, code A

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termPatient sex code
Synonymous names:Help on this termPER_GENDER_CODE; SEX
METeOR identifier:Help on this term573225
Registration status:Help on this termWA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015
Definition:Help on this termThe biological distinction between male and female, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person—sex

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termA
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
MMale
FFemale
IIndeterminate
Supplementary values:Help on this term
UUnknown
NNot specified

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE I     Indeterminate 

Intersex or indeterminate, refers to a person, who because of a genetic condition, was born with reproductive organs or sex chromosomes that are not exclusively male or female or whose sex has not yet been determined for whatever reason.

Comments:Help on this term

The definition for Intersex in Guide for use is sourced from the ACT Legislation (Gay, Lesbian and Transgender) Amendment Act 2003.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this term

Australian Capital Territory 2003. Legislation (Gay, Lesbian and Transgender) Amendment Act 2003

Reference documents:Help on this termLegislation (Gay, Lesbian and Transgender) Amendment Act 2003. See http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/2003-14/20030328-4969/pdf/2003-14.pdf.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This data item is mandatory for national reporting, using the data element:

Person-sex, code N

 

Local codes are mapped to national codes for reporting purposes:

Local codes (NAPAAWL codes)  National codes
M Male 1 Male
F Female 2 Female
I Indeterminate 3 Intersex or indeterminate

U Unknown

N Not specified

9 Not stated/inadequately described

The synonymous name PER_GENDER_CODE is used for local reporting purposes.

The nationally reported data element has the synonymous name SEX.

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Operationally, sex is the distinction between male and female, as reported by a person or as determined by an interviewer.

When collecting data on sex by personal interview, asking the sex of the respondent is usually unnecessary and may be inappropriate, or even offensive. It is usually a simple matter to infer the sex of the respondent through observation, or from other cues such as the relationship of the person(s) accompanying the respondent, or first name. The interviewer may ask whether persons not present at the interview are male or female.

A person's sex may change during their lifetime as a result of procedures known alternatively as sex change, gender reassignment, transsexual surgery, transgender reassignment or sexual reassignment. Throughout this process, which may be over a considerable period of time, the person's sex could be recorded as either Male or Female.

In data collections that use the ICD-10-AM classification, where sex change is the reason for admission, diagnoses should include the appropriate ICD-10-AM code(s) that clearly identify that the person is undergoing such a process. This code(s) would also be applicable after the person has completed such a process, if they have a procedure involving an organ(s) specific to their previous sex (e.g. where the patient has prostate or ovarian cancer).

CODE I    Indeterminate

Is normally used for babies for whom sex has not been determined for whatever reason.

Should not generally be used on data collection forms completed by the respondent.

Should only be used if the person or respondent volunteers that the person is intersex or where it otherwise becomes clear during the collection process that the individual is neither male nor female.

CODE U and CODE N   Unknown/Not specified

Is not to be used on primary collection forms. It is primarily for use in administrative collections when transferring data from data sets where the item has not been collected.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

National Mortality Database 1997/98 AIHW 2001

National Diabetes Register, Statistical Profile, December 2000 (Diabetes Series No. 2)

Reference documents:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics

AS4846 Health Care Provider Identification, 2004, Sydney: Standards Australia

AS5017 Health Care Client Identification, 2002, Sydney: Standards Australia

In AS4846 and AS5017 alternative codes are presented. Refer to the current standard for more details.

Relational attributes

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See also Person—sex, code N Housing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006, Health, Superseded 11/05/2017, Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018, Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018, WA Health, Draft 23/08/2012, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 01/11/2012, Indigenous, Archived 16/10/2017, Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015, Disability, Standard 07/10/2014, Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Standard 25/08/2005, National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

See also Person—sex, code X Health, Standard 11/05/2017, Early Childhood, Standard 24/07/2018, Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018, Indigenous, Endorsed 16/10/2017, Children and Families, Candidate 18/05/2020, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
All attributes +

WA Health Non-Admitted Patient Activity and Wait List Data Collection (NAPAAWL DC) 2013-14 WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015

DSS specific attributes +

WA Health Non-Admitted Patient Activity and Wait List Data Collection (NAPAAWL DC) 2014-15 WA Health, Endorsed 24/04/2015

DSS specific attributes +

WA Health Non-Admitted Patient Activity and Wait List Data Collection (NAPAAWL DC) 2016-17 WA Health, Endorsed 30/05/2017

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