Hospital teaching, training and research activities NBEDS 2020–21

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Set Specification
METeOR identifier:714040
Registration status:Health, Standard 18/12/2019
DSS type:Data Set Specification (DSS)

The purpose of the Hospital teaching, training and research activities national best endeavours data set (NBEDS) is to define information about teaching, training and research activities, funded by the states and territories, that are associated with Australian public hospital services. The scope of the NBEDS is establishment and Local Hospital Network level data on teaching, training and research activities which occur in public hospital services.

For the purposes of this NBEDS, the term 'teaching and training' refers to the activities provided by or on behalf of a public health service to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, or the development of skills. These activities must be required for an individual to:

  • attain the necessary qualifications or recognised professional body registration to practice;
  • acquire sufficient clinical competence upon entering the workforce; or
  • undertake specialist or advanced practice

in the fields of medicine, dentistry, nursing, midwifery or allied health.

For the purposes of this NBEDS, the term 'research' refers to the activities undertaken in a public health service where the primary objective is the advancement of knowledge that ultimately aims to improve consumer and patient health outcomes and/or health system performance. The activity must be undertaken in a structured and ethical way, be formally approved by a research governance or ethics body, and have potential for application outside of the health service in which the activity is undertaken.

For activity based funding purposes, the definition of research relates to the public health service's contribution to maintain research capability, excluding the costs of research activities that are funded from a source other than the state or territory or provided in kind.

It is intended that the NBEDS will capture those activities that are unique to hospital delivery and thus activities that set public health services apart in terms of cost.

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:

Public hospital service (establishment)

Collection methods:

Data are collected at each hospital from patient administration, financial and other information systems. Hospital services forward data to the relevant state or territory health authority on a regular basis (for example, monthly).

National reporting arrangements

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority for national collation, on an annual basis.

Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated

Financial years ending 30 June each year.

The reference period starts on 1 July and ends on 30 June each financial year.  Where trainees undertake training across financial years, activity should be attributed to the applicable financial year. The principle should be applied that no activity is to be double-counted or included in multiple financial years. Data may be required to be split into six monthly intervals.

Implementation start date:01/07/2020
Implementation end date:30/06/2021

Terms used in the NBEDS

The Hospital Teaching and Training Activities cluster refers to trainees. For the purpose of this NBEDS, a trainee is considered to be a person undertaking teaching and training activities within a public health service. For the purposes of this NBEDS there are three trainee groups: student or pre-entry, graduate, postgraduate or vocational.

Scope links with other NMDSs

Public hospital establishments NMDS

Glossary items

Glossary terms that are relevant to this national best endeavours data set  include:

Activity based funding

Clinical placement

Local Hospital Network

Research directorate


Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Hospital teaching, training and research activities NBEDS 2019-20 Health, Superseded 18/12/2019

Has been superseded by Hospital teaching, training and research activities NBEDS 2021–22 Health, Standardisation pending 10/09/2020

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

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Seq No.Metadata item Obligation Max occurs
-Hospital teaching and training activities clusterConditional1
    -    Establishment—full-time equivalent health professional trainees, total staff N[NNN{.N}]Conditional1
    -    Establishment—student clinical placement hours, total N(7)Conditional1
    -    Health professional trainee—area of clinical focus, code NNN.NNNMandatory1
    -    Health professional trainee—level of education qualification currently enrolled in, code NMandatory1
    -    Health professional trainee—principal qualified profession, health group code NMandatory1
    -    Health professional trainee—registered training program, year code N[N]Mandatory1
    -    Health professional trainee—stage of training, code NMandatory1
-Public hospital service research activities clusterConditional1
    -    Establishment—full-time equivalent research directorate staff, total N[NNN{.N}]Mandatory1
    -    Establishment—number of approved research projects, total N[NNN]Mandatory1
    -    Establishment—number of peer reviewed articles published, total N[NNN]Mandatory1
-Establishment—Local Hospital Network identifier, code NNNMandatory1
-Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNNConditional1