Online Data Dictionary (V4)

Online Data Dictionary (v4)


The online data dictionaries provide information about each of the data items in the AROC data bank. There are separate dictionaries for Australia and New Zealand because the codesets for some of the data items are different e.g. Indigenous Status.

AROC has produced separate data dictionaries for clinicians and developers.

The data dictionary for clinicians contains clinically relevant information about each of the data items including:

  • The definition of the data item
  • Why it is being collected (justification)
  • Guidelines on how to accurately record the data items
  • The codeset

The data dictionary for developers contains technical information to support developers during the build of their respective databases to support the collection of the V4 dataset. It includes information about:

  • The data element ID
  • Data element short and long name
  • Data element type
  • Country for which the data element is to be collected
  • Format in which the data element is to be collected
  • Width
  • Position
  • Effective and revision dates
  • Business rules
  • Obligation
  • Related data items

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Last reviewed: 24 January, 2014

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As at 1 July 2014 the Australian Government changed the definition of residential care resulting in “low level care” and “high level care” no longer being current terminology (more details). The AROC V4 Dataset for Australia and the Australian Data Collection Forms for pathways 2, 3, 4 & 5 still have this concept in the data items “Type of Accommodation prior to the impairment”, “Interim Accommodation post discharge” and “Final Accommodation post discharge”. The ramifications of this definitional change was discussed by the AROC Scientific Clinical Advisory Committee. It was agreed that whilst AROC can’t change the V4 code set for the three affected data items mid-stream, we can introduce a new business rule that takes account of this definitional change.

New business rule for Australian facilities: All episodes admitted from or discharged to residential care from July 2014 are to be coded to residential high level care (nursing home).

NOTE: all future analyses on Australian admissions from / discharges to residential care will combine residential low level care (hostel) and residential high level care (nursing home). When the AROC V4 dataset is revised the Accommodation data items affected by this definitional change will be adjusted to include codes identifying the 4 levels of care packages at home now available, as well as residential aged care and a code identifying referral to NDIS.

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