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Elective surgery code NN

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Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term605193
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 19/11/2015
ACT Health, Final 03/08/2018
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A code set representing types of elective surgery.

Representational attributes

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Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termNN
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
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01Cardio-thoracic surgery
02Otolaryngology head and neck surgery
03General surgery
04Gynaecology surgery
06Ophthalmology surgery
07Orthopaedic surgery
08Plastic and reconstructive surgery
09Urological surgery
10Vascular surgery
12Paediatric surgery

Collection and usage attributes

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The purpose of this data element is to capture the surgical specialty of the surgeon who will perform the procedure, rather than the type of patient or the nature of the surgery to be performed.

CODE 11   Other

All other surgical specialties not otherwise listed.

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The above surgical categories are consistent with the specialties recognised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (available at, and as included in the National Elective Surgery Urgency Categorisation Guideline-April 2015 (the Guideline). The Guideline can be accessed using the link in Reference documents.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee

Reference documents:Help on this term

COAG Health Council 2015. National Elective Surgery Urgency Categorisation Guideline - April 2015. Viewed 28 October 2015,

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Elective surgery code NN Health, Standardisation pending 08/01/2018, ACT Health, Final 03/08/2018

Supersedes Elective surgery code NN Health, Superseded 19/11/2015, National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Elective surgery waiting list episode—surgical specialty (of scheduled doctor), code NN Health, Superseded 12/12/2018

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