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Residential mental health care NMDS 2016-17

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term608539
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 17/08/2017
DSS type:Help on this termNational Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
Scope:Help on this term

The scope of the Residential mental health care national minimum data set (RMHC NMDS) is episodes of residential care for residents in all government-funded residential mental health care services in Australia, except those residential care services that are in receipt of funding under the Aged Care Act and subject to Commonwealth reporting requirements (i.e. report to the System for the Payment of Aged Residential Care (SPARC) collection).

The following metadata are of particular relevance to the scope of the RMHC NMDS:

Residential mental health care service

Specialised mental health service

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:Help on this term

Episodes of residential care.

Statistical units are entities from or about which statistics are collected, or in respect of which statistics are compiled, tabulated or published.

Collection methods:Help on this term

Data are collected at each service from resident administrative and care related record systems. Services forward data to the relevant state or territory health authority on a regular basis (e.g. monthly).

National reporting arrangements

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collection, on an annual basis.

Government-operated services that employ mental health trained staff on-site 24 hours per day are in scope for collection.

Government-funded, non-government operated services and non 24-hour staffed services can be included, optionally.

For non 24-hour staffed services to be included they must employ mental health-trained staff on-site at least 50 hours per week with at least 6 hours staffing on any single day.

Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated

Financial years ending 30 June each year. The reference period starts on 1 July and ends on 30 June each year.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2016
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2017
Comments:Help on this term

Some admitted patient care services may meet the definition of a residential mental health service. However, as they are admitted patient care services, relevant data on their patients are reported to the National Minimum Data Set for Admitted Patient Care.

Glossary items

Episode of residential care end

Episode of residential care start

Geographic indicator


Residential mental health care service


Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

See also Activity based funding: Mental health care DSS 2015-16 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 15/10/2014

Supersedes Residential mental health care NMDS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 04/09/2015

See also Residential mental health care NMDS 2016–17: National Residential Mental Health Care Database, 2018; Quality Statement AIHW Data Quality Statements, Endorsed 11/10/2018

Has been superseded by Residential mental health care NMDS 2017–18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

See also Statistical Area Level 1 of usual residence National Best Endeavours Data Set 2016-17 Health, Superseded 28/02/2017

Metadata items in this Data Set SpecificationHelp on this term

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Seq No.Help on this termMetadata itemHelp on this term ObligationHelp on this term Max occursHelp on this term
-Episode of care—additional diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 9th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Mandatory1
-Episode of care—mental health legal status, code NMandatory1
-Episode of care—principal diagnosis, code (ICD-10-AM 9th edn) ANN{.N[N]}Mandatory1
-Episode of residential care—episode end date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Episode of residential care—episode end mode, code NMandatory1
-Episode of residential care—episode start date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Episode of residential care—episode start mode, code NMandatory1
-Episode of residential care—mental health care referral destination, code NMandatory1
-Episode of residential care—number of leave days, total N[NN]Mandatory1
-Establishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code NMandatory1
-Establishment—region identifier, X[X]Mandatory1
-Establishment—region name, text XXX[X(57)]Mandatory1
-Establishment—sector, code NMandatory1
-Establishment—service unit cluster identifier, XXXXXMandatory1
-Establishment—service unit cluster name, text XXX[X(97)]Mandatory1
-Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9)Mandatory1
-Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2011) NNNNMandatory1
-Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NConditional1
-Person—marital status, code NMandatory1
-Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]Mandatory1
-Person—sex, code NMandatory1
-Residential stay—episode start date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Specialised mental health service organisation—organisation identifier, XXXXMandatory1
-Specialised mental health service organisation—organisation name, text XXX[X(97)]Mandatory1
-Specialised mental health service—residential service unit identifier, XXXXXXMandatory1
-Specialised mental health service—residential service unit name, text XXX[X(97)]Mandatory1
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