Available bed—overnight stay mental health hospital-in-the-home care, average number of beds N[NNN.N]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Average available beds for overnight-stay mental health hospital-in-the-home patients
METeOR identifier:646853
Registration status:Health, Standard 25/01/2018
ACT Health, Final 14/08/2018

The number of bed-equivalents where there is necessary provision of human and financial resources to deliver mental health care to patients in hospital-in-the-home care, averaged for the counting period.

Data Element Concept:Available bed—overnight-stay mental health hospital-in-the-home care

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Average
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:5
Unit of measure:Bed

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Average available beds, rounded to the nearest decimal or whole number.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Calculated based on the capacity of the hospital staff available to provide specialised mental health services for patients within their home. Place of residence can be permanent or temporary. An available bed classified as mental health hospital-in-the-home must meet the definition of hospital-in-the-home care.

The number of available bed-equivalents should be collected at least monthly at the same time on the same day. To improve accuracy data could be collected more frequently (e.g. daily). If so, it should be collected at the same time on each day. More frequent data collection is preferable if a single monthly count is likely to be significantly different from the monthly average.

Staffing of the unit must be consistent with other admitted patient mental health care services. Mental health hospital-in-the-home care is not a substitute for care provided by residential mental health care services or ambulatory mental health care services.

Collection methods:

Criteria should exist to ensure that each available bed-equivalent is counted only once.


This data element is necessary to provide an indicator of the availability and type of service for an establishment.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Mental health establishments NMDS 2018–19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 17/08/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Mental health establishments NMDS 2019–20 Health, Superseded 16/01/2020

DSS specific attributes +

Mental health establishments NMDS 2020–21 Health, Superseded 20/01/2021

DSS specific attributes +

Mental health establishments NMDS 2021–22 Health, Standard 20/01/2021

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