Non-admitted patient service event—first service event indicator, yes/no code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:First service event indicator
METeOR identifier:596610
Registration status:Health, Standard 07/10/2020

An indicator of whether a non-admitted patient service event was the first service event for a particular patient, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Non-admitted patient service event—first service event indicator

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Boolean
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Record whether the non-admitted patient service event is the first non-admitted patient service event for a specific patient at this non-admitted patient service, following a service request.

Service requests include:

  • formal referral from a health-care provider, such as a general practitioner or specialist, or from a hospital, such as an emergency department, and
  • self-referral or attendance at a walk-in clinic.

CODE 1   Yes

Includes all first non-admitted patient service events, including reviews when they are initiated through a new service request.

If the service request is for services from multiple non-admitted patient services, irrespective of whether the patient has attended another non-admitted patient service, if it is the patient's first service event with this non-admitted patient service, a Yes should be recorded.

CODE 2   No

Includes non-admitted patient service events that involve follow up or clinical review service events that occur without a new service request.

A No should be recorded for a service event:

  • following a service request made solely to enable the continuation of non-admitted patient services because an earlier service request has expired; and
  • where a first service event was recorded following the earlier service request.

Treatment under a service request involves a first non-admitted patient service and any continuing management/treatment/review up to the stage where the patient is discharged from the care of the non-admitted patient service.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Measurement of Access Time to Elective Surgery (MATES) Working Group

Steward:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Non-admitted patient NBEDS 2021–22 Health, Superseded 20/10/2021

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient NBEDS 2022–23 Health, Standard 20/10/2021

DSS specific attributes +