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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 termSex (alphabetic code)
METeOR identifier:Help on this term602450
Registration status:Help on this termCommonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015
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
IIntersex or indeterminate
Supplementary values:Help on this term
NNot stated/inadequately described
UUnknown
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Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Diagnosis and procedure codes should be checked against the national ICD-10-AM sex edits, unless the person is undergoing, or has undergone a sex change or has a genetic condition resulting in a conflict between sex and ICD-10-AM code.

CODE I   Intersex or indeterminate 

This code 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.

The use of 'Intersex or indeterminate' should be confirmed if reported for people aged 90 days or greater.

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The definition for Intersex in the 'Guide for use' section above 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

Collection methods:Help on this term

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     Intersex or indeterminate

This code 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 N     Not stated/inadequately described

This code 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

Submitting organisation:Help on this termDepartment of Health

Relational attributes

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See also Person—gender, code N Housing assistance, Proposed 28/06/2013, Health, Proposed 28/06/2013, Early Childhood, Proposed 28/06/2013, Homelessness, Proposed 28/06/2013, Indigenous, Endorsed 05/09/2014, Community Services (retired), Not progressed 23/01/2018

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, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) state/territory data extract 2013-14 Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015

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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) state/territory data extract 2013-14 Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015

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