Establishment—Local Hospital Network identifier, code NNN

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Local Hospital Network identifier
Synonymous names:LHN ID; Local Health District identifier (NSW); Hospital and Health Service identifier (Qld); Health Service Provider identifier (WA); Local Health Network identifier (SA)
METeOR identifier:709966
Registration status:Health, Superseded 23/09/2019

A unique Local Hospital Network (LHN) identifier for an establishment within a jurisdiction, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Establishment—Local Hospital Network identifier

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:3
Permissible values:
101South Eastern Sydney
103South Western Sydney
104Western Sydney
105Nepean Blue Mountains
106Northern Sydney
107Central Coast
108Illawarra Shoalhaven
109Hunter New England
110Mid North Coast
111Northern NSW
112Western NSW
113Southern NSW
115Far West
117Sydney Children's Hospitals Network
118St Vincent's Health Network
119Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health
201Beaufort and Skipton Health Service
202East Grampians Health Service
203Ballarat Health Services
204Stawell Regional Health
205East Wimmera Health Service
206Hepburn Health Service
207Maryborough District Health Service
208Djerriwarrh Health Service (Vic)
209Western Health (Vic)
210Bendigo Health Care Group
211Heathcote Health
212Swan Hill District Health
213Cohuna District Hospital
214Echuca Regional Health
215Kerang District Health
216Maldon Hospital
218Boort District Health
219Rochester and Elmore District Health Service
220Inglewood and District Health Service
221Castlemaine Health
222Kyneton District Health Service
223Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne)
224Royal Women's Hospital (Melbourne)
225Melbourne Health
226Northern Health (Vic)
227Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health
228Colac Area Health
229Hesse Rural Health Service (Winchelsea)
230Otway Health and Community Services (Apollo Bay)
231Barwon Health
232Lorne Community Hospital
233Alexandra District Hospital
234Eastern Health (Vic)
235Goulburn Valley Health
236Kyabram and District Health Service
237Numurkah and District Health Service
238Nathalia District Hospital
239Cobram District Hospital
240Seymour District Memorial Hospital
241Kilmore and District Hospital
242Yea and District Memorial Hospital
243Northeast Health Wangaratta
244Yarrawonga District Health Service
245Alpine Health (Vic)
246Mansfield District Hospital
247Benalla and District Memorial Hospital
248Tallangatta Health Service
249Albury Wodonga Health
250Upper Murray Health and Community Services (Corryong)
251Beechworth Health Service
252West Gippsland Healthcare Group
253Bass Coast Regional Health
254Gippsland Southern Health Service
255South Gippsland Hospital (Foster)
256Bairnsdale Regional Health Service
257Yarram and District Health Service
258Omeo District Health
259Central Gippsland Health Service
260Latrobe Regional Hospital
261Orbost Regional Health
262St Vincent's Hospital (Melbourne) Limited
263Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
264Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute (Vic)
266Austin Health (Vic)
267Mercy Public Hospital Inc. (Vic)
268Alfred Health (Vic)
269Monash Health
270Peninsula Health (Vic)
271Kooweerup Regional Health Service
274Rural Northwest Health (Vic)
275Wimmera Health Care Group
276Dunmunkle Health Services
277West Wimmera Health Service
278Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital
279Mildura Base Hospital
280Mallee Track Health and Community Service
281Robinvale District Health Services
282Western District Health Service (Vic)
283Casterton Memorial Hospital
284South West Healthcare (Vic)
285Heywood Rural Health
286Timboon and District Healthcare Service
287Moyne Health Services (Port Fairy)
288Portland District Health
289Terang and Mortlake Health Service (Terang)
290Calvary Health Care Bethlehem Limited
312Cairns and Hinterland
315North West (Qld)
316Central Queensland
317Central West (Qld)
318Wide Bay
319Sunshine Coast
320Metro North (Qld)
321Children's Health Queensland
322Metro South (Qld)
323Gold Coast
324West Moreton
325Darling Downs
326South West (Qld)
327Torres and Cape
401Northern Adelaide
402Central Adelaide
403Southern Adelaide
405Women's and Children's Health Network (SA)
406Barossa Hills Fleurieu
407Eyre and Far North
408Flinders and Upper North
409Riverland Mallee Coorong
410South East
411Yorke and Northern
501North Metropolitan Health Service (WA)
502South Metropolitan Health Service (WA)
503WA Country Health Service
504East Metropolitan Health Service (WA)
580Child Adolescent Health Service (WA)
590Notional Local Hospital Network (Royal St.)
604Tasmanian Health Service
701Top End (NT)
702Central Australia (NT)
801Australian Capital Territory
Supplementary values:
199New South Wales Virtual Local Hospital Network
299Victoria Virtual Local Hospital Network
399Queensland Virtual Local Hospital Network
499South Australia Virtual Local Hospital Network
599Western Australia Virtual Local Hospital Network
699Tasmania Virtual Local Hospital Network
799Northern Territory Virtual Local Hospital Network
899Australian Capital Territory Virtual Local Hospital Network
900Virtual Local Hospital Network - Unknown
997Not applicable
999Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

A total of 140 Local Hospital Networks have been established across the states and territories. Most of these are geographically based networks and some are state or territory-wide networks that may deliver specialised hospital services across some jurisdictions.

CODE 101   South Eastern Sydney

Includes Lord Howe Island.

Codes 217, 265, 272, 310, 311, 404, 601, 602 and 603 have been deleted from previous versions of the list of permissible values and are not to be reused.

For activity based funding purposes, a virtual Local Hospital Network identifier exists for each jurisdiction. Virtual Local Hospital Networks are entities that are only used for reporting services that are in-scope for activity based funding but which cannot be allocated to an established Local Hospital Network. The various virtual Local Hospital Network identifiers are intended to be primarily used to enable reconciliation of activity reported for funding purposes.


Some jurisdictions have their own local terminology for the areas and administrative units known nationally as Local Hospital Networks. For example, in New South Wales they are known as 'Local Health Districts', in Queensland they are known as 'Hospital and Health Services', in Western Australia they are known as 'Health Service Providers', and in South Australia they are known as 'Local Health Networks'.

More information about Local Hospital Networks is available through the Local Hospital Network portal on the Administrator National Health Funding Pool website.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:

Administrator National Health Funding Pool 2017. Local hospital network (LHN) directory. Viewed 17 January 2019,

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

A concatenation of:

Australian state/territory identifier (character position 1);

State/Territory-specific hospital network identifier (character positions 2-3).


The Local Hospital Network identifier should be able to distinguish between all public hospital administrative areas or units nationally.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Is formed using Establishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code N Health, Superseded 18/12/2019, Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

Supersedes Establishment—Local Hospital Network identifier, code NNN Health, Superseded 26/03/2019, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 27/11/2017, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

Has been superseded by Establishment—Local Hospital Network identifier, code NNN Health, Superseded 07/05/2020

See also Mental health organisation type code NN Health, Superseded 17/01/2020