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Person—geographic remoteness, PBS classification (ASGS-RA) X

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termGeographic remoteness of person (PBS-specific code)
METeOR identifier:Help on this term617061
Registration status:Help on this termCommonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015
Definition:Help on this termThe remoteness of a location at which a person lives, based on the physical road distance to the nearest urban centre and its population size, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person—geographic remoteness

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Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2011
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termX
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Major cities of Australia
2Inner and Outer regional Australia
3Remote and Very remote Australia
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UUnknown

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This value domain is intended exclusively for use in the analysis of data relating to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

In the context of PBS data, the allocation of remoteness categories is based on the postcodes of patients, prescribers or pharmacies, as appropriate. Postcode areas are converted to Statistical Area Level 1s (SA1s) which are then used to allocate remoteness categories.

CODE 1   Major cities of Australia

'Major cities of Australia' includes postcode areas that correspond with SA1s with an average Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA+) index value of 0 to 0.2.

This code approximates Code 1 in the more widely used value domain Remoteness classification (ASGS-RA) N.

CODE 2   Inner and Outer regional Australia

'Inner regional Australia' includes postcode areas that correspond with SA1s with an average ARIA+ index value greater than 0.2 and less than or equal to 2.4.

'Outer regional Australia' includes postcode areas that correspond with SA1s with an average ARIA+ index value greater than 2.4 and less than or equal to 5.92.

This code approximates Codes 2 and 3 in the more widely used value domain Remoteness classification (ASGS-RA) N.

CODE 3   Remote and Very remote Australia

'Remote Australia' includes postcode areas that correspond with SA1s with an average ARIA+ index value greater than 5.92 and less than or equal to 10.53.

'Very remote Australia' includes postcode areas that correspond with SA1s with an average ARIA+ index value greater than 10.53.

This code approximates Codes 4 and 5 in the more widely used value domain Remoteness classification (ASGS-RA) N.

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In this value domain, physical distance is defined in terms of ARIA+ index values, rather than a simple linear distance between points.

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Prior to 2011, ARIA+ scores were calculated for individual Census Collection Districts (CCDs). Following the phasing out of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) and the introduction of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) by the ABS in 2011, ARIA+ scores are calculated for individual Statistical Area Level 1s (SA1s).

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termDepartment of Health
Steward:Help on this termDepartment of Health
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Publications detailing the ASGS remoteness classification are available free of charge from the ABS website:

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2013. 1270.055.005 - Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 5 - Remoteness Structure, July 2011. Viewed 15 July 2013,
http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/
1270.0.55.005July%202011?OpenDocument

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Information relating to the development of the ARIA and ARIA+ scores by the National Centre for Social Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GISCA) is available from the APMRC website:

Australian Population and Migration Research Centre (APMRC) 2013. ARIA (Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia). Viewed 15 July 2013,
http://www.adelaide.edu.au/apmrc/research/projects/
category/about_aria.html

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The remoteness classification of an entity can be derived using characteristics of its physical location, e.g. its postcode or other address details.

The remoteness classification (RA1 to RA5) can be found by entering the postcode or other address details of the person's residence into the Commonwealth Department of Health's Remoteness area locator, available on the DoctorConnect website. The website can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/Publishing.nsf/
Content/locator

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termDepartment of Health
Reference documents:Help on this term

Commonwealth Department of Health 2014. DoctorConnect. Viewed 23 April 2014,

http://www.doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/Publishing.nsf/
Content/locator

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

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

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