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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040161 v2
Data Element
Data Element
The country in which the person was born.
Ethnicity is an important concept, both in the study of disease patterns and in the need for and provision of services. Country of birth is the most easily collected and consistently reported of possible ethnicity data items. It is recognised that country of birth is one of a number surrogate measures for ethnicity.
Country of birth
Representational Attributes
Numeric Character
Permissible Values


Valid code from the country of birth reference table. Australian Standard Classification of Countries for Social Statistics (ASCCSS).
Supplementary Values


Collection and Usage Attributes
Queensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC):
Transmit right adjusted and zero filled from left.
The Australian Standard Classification of Countries for Social Statistics (ASCCSS) in ABS catalogue no. 1269.0 has been superseded by the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) (ABS 1269.0 1998). While not formally adopted by the National Health Data Committee, the use of SACC is consistent with the data domains described as there is a direct concordance between the two classifications. The NHDC will be evaluating this data element in 2000.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementData ElementCountry of birthQH 040161 Version 1Superseded
Has been superseded byData ElementData ElementCountry of birthQH 040161 Version 3Superseded
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifer & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionElective Surgery Data Collection (ESDC)QH 020110 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jun-199630-Jun-2001
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Cancer Registry (QCR) Data CollectionQH 020002 Version 1Superseded01-Jul-199430-Jun-2001
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC)QH 020001 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-199430-Jun-2001
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)QH 020003 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-199430-Jun-2001
Source and Reference Attributes