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released: 16 Sep 2003

A National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) is a core set of data elements agreed by the National Health Information Management Group for mandatory collection and reporting at a national level. One NMDS may include data elements that are also included in another National Minimum Data Set. A NMDS is contingent upon a national agreement to collect uniform data and to supply it as part of the national collection, but does not preclude agencies and service providers from collecting additional data to meet their own specific needs. The National Health Data Dictionary contains definitions of data elements that are included in NMDS collections in the health sector, including data elements used to derive some of the performance indicators required under Australian Health Care Agreements (bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and State/Territory governments about funding and delivery of health services). The following pages contain the Admitted patient mental health care NMDS and its associated data elements and data element concepts.

ISSN 1329 4555; ISBN 978 1 74024 307 0; Cat. no. HWI 49; 79pp.; INTERNET ONLY

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  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
      • Admitted patient mental health care NMDS
  • Data elements include
    • Additional diagnosis
    • Admission date
    • Area of usual residence
    • Care type
    • Country of birth
    • Date of birth
    • Diagnosis related group
    • Employment status - acute hospital and private psychiatric hospital admissions
    • Employment status - public psychiatric hospital admissions
    • Establishment identifier
    • Indigenous status
    • Intended length of hospital stay
    • Major diagnostic category
    • Marital status
    • Mental health legal status
    • Mode of separation
    • Person identifier
    • Person identifier type - health care
    • Principal diagnosis
    • Referral to further care (psychiatric patients)
    • Separation date
    • Sex
    • Source of referral to public psychiatric hospital
    • Total leave days
    • Total psychiatric care days
    • Type of accommodation
    • Type of usual accommodation
  • Supporting data elements and data element concepts
    • Acute care episode for admitted patients
    • Admission
    • Admitted patient
    • Diagnosis
    • Episode of care
    • Establishment number
    • Establishment sector
    • Hospital
    • Patient
    • Region code
    • Separation
    • State/Territory identifier

Recommended citation

AIHW 2003. Admitted Patient Mental Health Care National Minimum Data Set: national health data dictionary, version 12. National Health Data Dictionary. Cat. no. HWI 49. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 24 March 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467502>.

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