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Referral—referral source, code AAA

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termReferral source code
Synonymous names:Help on this termREF_SOURCE_CODE; SERVICE_REQUEST_SOURCE
METeOR identifier:Help on this term643288
Registration status:Help on this termWA Health, Endorsed 01/06/2017
Definition:Help on this term

The person or agency responsible for the referral of a person to a health care provider or other organisation, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Referral—referral source

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termAAA
Maximum character length:Help on this term3
Permissible values:Help on this term
AHPAllied Health professional
ANIAnother institution
CONSame consultant
EDUEducation Department
EMDEmergency Department
FAFFamily or friend
GEPGeneral Practitioner
GOVGovernment agency
INWInpatient ward
MCEMental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL) or Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
MEPMedical Practitioner
MHCMental Health clinic or team
NGONon-Government Organisation
NPRNurse Practitioner
OPHOutpatient Department this Hospital
OPROther professional
OTSOther service
PPSPrivate Psychiatrist
PRIPrivate referral
PRNPrivate referral by General Practitioner
SPRSpecialist rooms
Supplementary values:Help on this term
NSPNot specified
OTHOther hospital

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This data item is a mandatory item for national reporting against the data element:

Non-admitted patient service request—service request source, code N.N


Local codes are mapped to national codes for reporting purposes.


Local codes (NAPAAWL codes) National codes

OPH Outpatient Department this hospital

CON Same consultant

1.1 Other outpatient clinic (this hospital)
EMD Emergency Department 1.2 Emergency Department (this hospital)
INW Inpatient ward 1.3 Elsewhere in this hospital
OTH Other hospital 2.0 Other hospital

GEP General Practitioner

PRN Private referral by General Practitioner

3.1 General practice

PPS Private psychiatrist

SPR Specialist rooms

3.2 Specialist practice

AHP Allied health professional

ANI Another institution

CLN Clinician

COM Community

EDU Education Department

FAF Family or friend

GOV Government agency

MCE Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL) or Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

MHC Mental health clinic or team

MEP Medical Practitioner

NGO Non-government organisation

NPR Nurse Practitioner

NUR Nurse

OMH Other

OPR Other professional

OTS Other service

POL Police

PRI Private referral

3.3 Other non-hospital
SLF Self 4.0 Self

UNK Unknown

NSP Not specified

99 Unknown


The synonymous name REF_SOURCE_CODE is used for local reporting.

The nationally reported data element has the synonymous name SERVICE_REQUEST_SOURCE. 

Relational attributes

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See also Non-admitted patient service request—service request source, code N.N Health, Standard 25/01/2018

See also Non-admitted patient service request—service request source, code N.N Health, Superseded 25/01/2018, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 01/11/2012

Supersedes Referral—referral source, code AAA WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

WA Health Non-Admitted Patient Activity and Wait List Data Collection (NAPAAWL DC) 2016-17 WA Health, Endorsed 30/05/2017

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