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Public dental waiting times NMDS 2018-

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term686200
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 25/01/2018
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018
DSS type:Help on this termNational Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
Scope:Help on this term

The purpose of the Public dental waiting times national minimum data set (PDWT NMDS) is to describe the information that must be collected to calculate the waiting times for two time periods in the treatment pathway for public dental services in Australia:

  • the time between the date a person is placed on a waiting list and the date they are offered dental care; and
  • the time between the date a person is placed on a waiting list and the date they receive dental care.

In the PDWT NMDS, person includes all persons eligible for their state or territory public dental scheme, who were aged 18 years or over when they were placed on a general or prosthetic public dentistry waiting list for the purpose of receiving treatment.

The PDWT NMDS includes:

  • all people specified above with a listing date for dental care within the collection period
  • all people specified above with a date of offer of dental care within the collection period
  • all people specified above with a date of first dental visit within the collection period.

The PDWT NMDS excludes:

  • people who access their local public clinic but pay full price and are not eligible for their state or territory's public dental service
  • people who are treated under jurisdictional priority client schemes.

In the PDWT NMDS, treatment means any event consisting of the provision of dental care resulting from a person being placed on a public dental waiting list and funded under a state or territory public dental scheme. Only treatments received after a person is placed on a public dental waiting list should be recorded.

Excluded treatments are:

  • treatment paid for in full by the person receiving the treatment
  • treatment provided by practitioners funded from outside of the public dental health sector, e.g. treatment provided by general practitioners (GPs)
  • treatments which do not result in removal from a waiting list, such as:
    • – relief of pain that does not satisfy other dental treatment needs
    • – emergency treatment that does not satisfy other dental treatment needs
    • – where a person is on a general care or denture care waiting list, consultations to determine future care that do not result in the removal from the list

A public dental waiting list episode ends:

  • at the date of offer of dental care, if this is the last recorded date; or
  • at the date of first dental visit.

All dental services funded by the state or territory government should be included unless otherwise noted.

Collection and usage attributes

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A public dental waiting list episode.

Collection methods:Help on this term

This is an administrative collection and information is derived from client records.

The collection period is the twelve month financial year, i.e. the twelve months ending 30 June.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2018

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Steward:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Reference documents:Help on this term

Oral Health Monitoring Group 2015. Healthy mouths healthy lives: Australia's national oral health plan 2015-2024. Viewed 5 October 2017, http://www.coaghealthcouncil.gov.au/Portals/0/Australia
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Relational attributes

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Supersedes Public dental waiting times NMDS 2013-2018 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

See also Statistical Area Level 1 of usual residence NBEDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 17/10/2018

See also Statistical Area Level 1 of usual residence NBEDS 2019-20 Health, Standard 17/10/2018

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1Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
2Person—sex, code XMandatory1
3Address—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) NNNNMandatory1
4Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2016) N(9)Mandatory1
5Person—Australian state/territory identifier, code NMandatory1
6Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2016) NNNNMandatory1
7Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
8Person—preferred language, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN]Mandatory1
9Public dental waiting list episode—listing date for care, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
10Public dental waiting list episode—waiting list type, code NMandatory1
11Public dental waiting list episode—date of offer of dental care, DDMMYYYYConditional1
12Public dental waiting list episode—date of first visit, DDMMYYYYConditional1
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