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released: 16 Sep 2003 author: AIHW

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 Perinatal NMDS and its associated data elements and data element concepts.

ISSN 1329 4555; ISBN 978 1 74024 298 1; Cat. no. HWI 59; 48pp.; INTERNET ONLY

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
      • Perinatal NMDS
    • Data elements included
      • Actual place of birth
      • Birth order
      • Birth plurality
      • Country of birth
      • Date of birth
      • Establishment identifier
      • First day of the last menstrual period
      • Gestational age
      • Indigenous status
      • Infant weight, neonate, stillborn
      • Method of birth
      • Onset of labour
      • Person identifier
      • Separation date
      • Sex
      • State/Territory of birth
      • Status of the baby
    • Supporting data elements and data element concepts
      • Birth weight
      • Establishment number
      • Establishment sector
      • Gestational age
      • Live birth
      • Neonatal death
      • Neonate
      • Perinatal period
      • Region code
      • State/Territory identifier
      • Stillbirth (foetal death)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2003. Perinatal National Minimum Data Set: National Health Data Dictionary, Version 12. National Health Data Dictionary. Cat. no. HWI 59. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 26 July 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467499>.

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