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Patient—first episode of mental health care at a mental health service organisation, code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termFirst episode of mental health care at organisation descriptor
METeOR identifier:Help on this term575296
Registration status:Help on this termIndependent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 11/11/2015
Definition:Help on this termA descriptor of the client/patient's initial presentation at the mental health service organisation that is providing the current treatment, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Patient—first episode of mental health care at a mental health service organisation descriptor

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Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Patient has never received care/treatment from this mental health service organisation
2Patient has received care/treatment from this mental health service organisation, but not in the preceding five years
3Patient has received care/treatment from this mental health service organisation in the preceding five years
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/ inadequately described

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termIndependent Hospital Pricing Authority

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

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A mental health service organisation is a separately constituted specialised mental health service that is responsible for the clinical governance, administration and financial management of service units providing specialised mental health care.

A specialised mental health service organisation may consist of one or more service units based in different locations and providing services in admitted patient, residential and ambulatory settings. For example, a specialised mental health service organisation may consist of several hospitals or two or more community centres.

Where the specialised mental health service organisation consists of multiple service units, those units can be considered to be components of the same organisation where they:

  • operate under a common clinical governance arrangement;
  • aim to work together as interlocking services that provide integrated, coordinated care to consumers across all mental health service settings; and
  • share clinical records or, in the case where there is more than one physical clinical record for each patient, staff may access (if required) the information contained in all of the physical records held by the organisation for that patient.

For most states and territories, the specialised mental health service organisation is equivalent to the Area/District Mental Health Service. These are usually organised to provide the full range of admitted patient, residential and ambulatory services to a given catchment population. However, the term 'specialised mental health service organisation' may also be used to refer to health care organisations which provide only one type of mental health service (e.g. acute admitted patient care) or which serve a specialised or state-wide function.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termIndependent Hospital Pricing Authority

Relational attributes

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Activity based funding: Mental health care DSS 2016-17 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 28/02/2017

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Admitted patient mental health care cluster Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 15/10/2014

Ambulatory patient mental health care cluster Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 15/10/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Residential patient mental health care cluster Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 15/10/2014

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