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The nKPI data collection: data quality issues working paper

The AIHW collects data against a set of national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) from primary health care organisations that provide health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The nKPI data are collected every 6 months, reported back to organisations at the individual service level and compiled for national reporting purposes. The raw data received from health organisations are carefully checked to identify any data quality issues and are corrected, in consultation with services, through an ‘exception reporting’ process before the data are used in any type of reporting.This working paper identifies the most common data quality issues that lead to the issuing of exception reports, and suggests a number of options to improve the data collection process that will reduce the number of exception reports issued.

Injury deaths data, Australia: technical report on issues associated with reporting for reference years 1999–2010

This technical report is a companion to the statistical report Trends in injury deaths, Australia 1999–00 to 2009–10 and provides additional information on data sources and methods.When comparing estimates of injury deaths based on Cause of Death Unit Record Files (CODURFs), produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) with other supplementary sources of information for external causes of injury mortality, CODURF based estimates for particular major external causes were consistent with estimates based on supplementary sources for several reference years before 2003 and from 2006 onwards, but differ to a noteworthy extent for several external causes from 2003 to 2006.

National Health Data Dictionary: version 16.1

The National Health Data Dictionary (NHDD) provides national data standards for the health sector. This version (Version 16.1) reflects changes to data standards between May 2012 and the end of June 2013. Six national minimum data sets, 5 data set specifications, 61 data elements, 4 classification schemes and 5 glossary items have been added to the NHDD. Eighteen national minimum data sets, 15 data set specifications, 89 data elements, 6 classification schemes and 5 glossary items have been superseded or retired since the previous version of the NHDD (Version 16) was published.

National Health Data Dictionary: version 16.2

The National Health Data Dictionary (NHDD) provides national data standards for the health sector. This version (Version 16.2) reflects changes to data standards between July 2013 and June 2014. Eight national minimum data sets, 12 data set specifications, 16 data element clusters, 174 data elements, 13 classification schemes and 13 glossary items have been added to the NHDD. Nine national minimum data sets, 4 data set specifications, 7 data element clusters, 64 data elements, 1 classification schemes and 1 glossary item have been superseded and 12 data elements have been retired since the previous version of the NHDD (Version 16.1) was published.

BreastScreen Australia data dictionary: version 1.1

BreastScreen Australia aims to reduce illness and death resulting from breast cancer through organised screening to detect cases of unsuspected breast cancer in women, thus enabling early intervention. The BreastScreen Australia Data Dictionary is intended to be the authoritative source of data definitions used by BreastScreen Australia to meet the need for national consistency in data collected for program monitoring and evaluation, and for accreditation of BreastScreen Australia services.

Developing the National Early Childhood Development Researchable Data Set

This information paper outlines the processes undertaken towards establishing the National Early Childhood Development Researchable Data Set. This data set aims to link health and education data, using both jurisdictional and national data sources, which would provide a valuable resource to researchers and policy-makers. The paper documents the privacy, legislative and data custodianship and supply hurdles encountered during the initial stages of establishing this data set. The paper concludes with a pragmatic approach for the next steps and way forward.

National cervical cancer prevention data dictionary version 1: working paper

The National Cervical Screening Program aims to reduce incidence, morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer in Australia. The National cervical cancer prevention data dictionary is an assemblage of data elements used by the National Cervical Screening Program, developed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in partnership with state and territory and Commonwealth components of the National Cervical Screening Program to support its aim of achieving national consistency in data reporting through promoting standardisation and comparability of data across the jurisdictions.

National Community Services Data Dictionary, version 8, 2014

The National Community Services Data Dictionary (NCSDD) provides national data standards for the community services sector. This latest version (version 8) reflects changes to data standards between July 2012 and end-April 2014. Two data set specifications, 2 data element clusters, 96 data elements, 2 classifications and 8 glossary items have been added to the NCSDD. One national minimum data set, 3 data elements and 2 classifications have been superseded since the previous version of the NCSDD (version 7) was published.

National housing and homelessness data dictionary: version 1, 2013

The National housing and homelessness data dictionary (NHHDD) provides national standards for the housing and homelessness sector. The dictionary replaces the National housing assistance data dictionary (NHADD) which was last published in 2006. It includes data set specifications and data elements for Specialist Homelessness Services, public housing, state owned and managed Indigenous housing, community housing, Indigenous community housing, home purchase assistance, and private rent assistance.

Towards better Indigenous health data

This report describes Phase 1 of the support and evaluation project of the AIHW's  National best practice guidelines for collecting Indigenous status in health data sets (the Guidelines). It found that the processes for, and status of, Guidelines implementation varied across data sets and health sectors in scope for this project. The report identifies barriers to and facilitators for implementation across the various health sectors, and recommends how implementation processes could be improved.

National Health Data Dictionary 2012 version 16

The National Health Data Dictionary provides national standards for the broader health sector. This update reflects changes to data standards between 1 July 2010 and 30 April 2012. During this time 10 data set specifications, 23 data element clusters, 177 data elements, one classification and 20 glossary items have been added.  Twelve national minimum data sets, two data set specifications, 96 data elements, five classifications and three glossary items have been superseded, and three national standards have been retired since version 15 of the NHDD was published.

National Community Services Data Dictionary, version 7, 2012

The National Community Services Data Dictionary (NCSDD) provides national standards for the broader community services sector. This latest version reflects changes to data standards between July 2010 and June 2012. Five data set specifications, 78 data elements, four classifications and five glossary items have been added to the dictionary. Two national minimum data sets, two data element clusters, 58 data elements and four classifications have been superseded, and six national minimum data sets retired since the previous version of the NCSDD was published.

A review of the Financial Management Program Data Sets

The AIHW was commissioned by FaHCSIA to undertake a review of some of the Financial Management Program Data sets.  The work was undertaken over a 12 month period and involved both a literature review and site visits to data providers.  This report outlines the finding of that review and makes recommendations for several changes to the data sets.

National health data dictionary, version 15

The July 2010 revision to the National Health Data Dictionary (NHDD) including national minimum data sets (NMDS) has now been released and is available on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) website. As part of the METeOR metadata online registry, the dictionary's purpose is to provide national standards on the health reporting framework for both statistical and clinical analysis which provides meaningful input to community discussion and public policy debate on health issues in Australia. The Dictionary is available online at http://meteor.aihw.gov.au. This version confirms to international standard ISO/IEC 11179 Information Technology Metadata Registries (MDR), 2003.

National Community Services Data Dictionary, version 6

The National Community Services Data Dictionary (NCSDD) (including national minimum data sets (NMDS)) purpose is to provide national standards on the community services reporting framework for both statistical and clinical analysis which provides meaningful input to community discussion and public policy debate on community services issues in Australia, as part of the METeOR metadata online registry.The Dictionary is available online at http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/274816. This version confirms to international standard ISO/IEC 11179 Information Technology Metadata Registries (MDR), 2003.

National palliative care performance indicators: results of the 2008 performance indicator data collection

National palliative care performance indicators: results of the 2008 performance indicator data collection presents the findings of the fourth national collection of performance indicator data from Australia's palliative care sector. The information collected provides information on the extent to which palliative care agencies have met the four national performance indicators that were developed based on the goals and objectives of the National Palliative Care Strategy. The report also presents information on changes to performance (as measured by these performance indicators) that have occurred between the 2008 survey and previous surveys.

Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set 2010-11: specifications and collection manual

The guidelines have been prepared as a reference for those involved in collecting and supplying the data for the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS-NMDS). Updated guidelines are released each year of the collection. This edition is relevant to the 2010-11 collection period. These guidelines should be particularly useful to staff in the Australian Government, state and territory health departments, and alcohol and other drug treatment agency staff directly involved in the collection and reporting of the data set.

National best practice guidelines for collecting Indigenous status in health data sets

All clients of health services should be asked if they are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin in the process of routine data collection. Despite improvements in recent years, there have been continuing problems in establishing and maintaining standard practice in the collection of Indigenous status, resulting in the under-identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in key national health data sets. These guidelines have been developed to ensure the standard Indigenous status question is asked correctly and consistently of all clients of health services, and that this information is correctly recorded.

Creating nationally-consistent health information: engaging with the national health information committees

This document provides guidance on engaging with the national processes responsible for health information and data standards, to ensure that data collected are consistent and therefore accurate and useful for policy, planning and program management.

Indigenous identification in hospital separations data: quality report

This report presents results of an audit of the quality of Indigenous identification in hospital separations data and makes recommendations regarding the use of Indigenous status information. The report is a useful resource for health information managers and researchers.

Review and evaluation of Australian information about primary health care: a focus on general practice

Primary health care services are generally the first port of call when Australians need health care. Services provided through general practice are the core of Australia's primary health-care system, and it is vital that accurate, reliable and timely information about these services is available to support policy and practice decisions. Although several national and regional data collections contain information relevant to general practice, few sources provide comprehensive information that can be used to assess the value, quality and outcomes of the care provided. This leads to significant gaps in our understanding of the performance and effectiveness of the Australian primary health-care system.This report presents the results of a critical evaluation of Australian data collections relating to general practice services. It describes the usefulness of these data collections for meeting priority information needs, and recommends strategies to address data gaps and limitations. The report also outlines methods currently being used to collect general practice data electronically, and establishes options for further investigation.

National community services data dictionary, version 5

The National community services data dictionary (the NCSDD) is a national resource which community services authorities use to ensure the consistency and comparability of all data collected under the scope of the National Community Services Information Agreement (NCSIA). The data dictionary contains definitions and value domains that are endorsed as national standards for use by those collecting community services data in Australia.Version 5 has been downloaded from METeOR which is an internet registry for development, registration and dissemination of metadata based on the latest version of the international standard ISO/IEC 11179 Information technology-Metadata registries (MDR) in 2003. The Dictionary is available online at .The data dictionary is an important resource for people involved in designing and building data collections, conducting research and evaluation activities.

National health data dictionary version 14

The National health data dictionary (the 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. It is vital that the health care community continues to standardise the meaning and representation of data used for both clinical purposes and statistical analysis. The use of the NHDD is an important step in this process. With the comparability of data collected based on definitions in the NHDD, information collected by jurisdictions throughout Australia can provide meaningful input to community discussion and public policy debate on health issues in Australia. The aim of such discussion is to improve the quality and safety of health care for all Australians. Version 14 has been downloaded from METeOR which is an internet registry for development, registration and dissemination of metadata based on the latest version of the international standard ISO/IEC 11179 Information technology-Metadata registries (MDR) in 2003. The Dictionary is available online at .

National health (version 14) and national community services (version 5) data dictionaries CD-ROM set

This CD-ROM set contains both the National Health Data Dictionary (version 14) and the National Community Services Data Dictionary (version 5).

National palliative care performance indicators: results of the 2007 performance indicator data collection

This report presents the findings of the 2007 national collection of performance indicator data from Australia's palliative care sector, and comparisons with the results of previous collections in 2005 and 2006. Some characteristics of palliative care agencies are also described.The information was collected to calculate four nationally agreed performance indicators that were developed by representatives of the states and territories and the Australian Government through the Palliative Care Intergovernmental Forum.The indicators are based on the goals and objectives of the National Palliative Care Strategy, and provide information on the extent to which the strategy has been implemented in areas such as strategic planning, use of standards, collection of feedback and formation of partnerships.

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