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released: 25 Jul 2006 author: Health Data Standards Committee

The National health data dictionary (NHDD) is a national resource which health jurisdictions use to ensure the consistency and comparability of all data collected under the National Health Information Agreement. It is increasingly being used as a resource to standardise data collections that are not mandatory for national collection. This includes a CD-ROM that also includes detailed information about all of the metadata items (cat.no. HWI 87, ISBN 1 74024 580 6).

ISSN 1329-4555; ISBN 978 1 74024 581 4; Cat. no. HWI 88; 245pp.; Internet Only

Full publication

Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (155K PDF)
    • Title page and verso
    • Foreword
    • How to use this book and the CD
    • Contents
    • List of tables
    • Data element table of contents (commonly used name) - on the CD-ROM (215K PDF)
    • Data element table of contents (technical name) - on the CD-ROM (215K PDF)
    • Object class table of contents - on the CD-ROM (131K PDF)
    • Property table of contents - on the CD-ROM
    • Classification scheme table of contents - on the CD-ROM
    • Glossary item table of contents
  • Sections
    • Introduction (192K PDF)
      • The Health Data Standards Committee
      • METeOR
      • Differences between the National health data dictionary and METeOR
        • Feedback
        • National Data Development and Standards Unit
        • Secretariat
    • The National health data dictionary Version 13
      • Format
      • Changes in Version 13
        • Summary of changes
    • Endorsed standards (204K PDF)
      • National minimum data sets
        • Admitted patient care NMDS
        • Admitted patient mental health care NMDS
        • Admitted patient palliative care NMDS
        • Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS
        • Community mental health care NMDS
        • Community mental health establishments NMDS
        • Elective surgery waiting times (census data) NMDS
        • Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS
        • Health labour force NMDS
        • Injury surveillance NMDS
        • Mental health establishments NMDS
        • Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS
        • Outpatient care NMDS
        • Perinatal NMDS
        • Public hospital establishments NMDS
        • Residential mental health care NMDS
      • Other data set specifications (169K PDF)
        • Acute coronary syndrome (clinical) DSS
        • Cancer (clinical) DSS
        • Cardiovascular disease (clinical) DSS
        • Computer Assisted Telephone Interview demographic module DSS
        • Diabetes (clinical) DSS
        • Health care client identification DSS
        • Health care provider identification DSS
      • Metadata on the CD-ROM
    • Data elements included in National minimum data sets - Commonly used name order (164K PDF)
    • Data elements included in National minimum data sets - Technical name order (177K PDF)
    • Metadata standards (156K PDF)
      • Metadata attributes
        • Data element template
        • Data set specification template
    • Health Data Standards Committee membership

Recommended citation

Health Data Standards Committee 2006. National health data dictionary version 13. National health data dictionary. Cat. no. HWI 88. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 1 September 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467867>.

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