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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
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Data Element
Data Element
A code representing a type of address for a person or organisation.
Address type
Representational Attributes
Permissible Values


2Mailing or postal
3Temporary accommodation
Supplementary Values


9Unknown/not stated/inadequately described
Collection and Usage Attributes
Code 1 - Used to indicate an address that is the physical location of a business, an office or from where a service is delivered.

Code 2 - Used to indicate an address that is only for correspondence purposes.

Code 3 - Temporary accommodation address (such as for a person from rural Australia who is visiting an oncology centre for a course of treatment, or a person who usually resides overseas). Note that this is not valid for organisations.

Code 4 - Used to indicate where a person is living. Note that this code is not valid for organisations

Code 9 - Unknown/Not stated/inadequately described may also be used where the person has no fixed address or does not wish to have their residential or a correspondence address recorded

A single address may have multiple address types associated with it. Record as many as required
At least one address must be recorded (this may be an unknown Address type).

Health care establishments should always attempt to collect the residential address of a person who is a health care client when a service is provided. When recording the address for a health care provider or organisation, the business address should always be collected. In addition, other addresses may also need to be recorded for individuals and organisations.

Overseas address:
For individuals record the overseas address as the residential address and record a temporary accommodation address as their contact address in Australia.
"No fixed address" is coded as unknown because it (the concept) is not a type of address for a person but is an attribute of the person only i.e. it is not a location for which an address may be derived. It is not recommended that an implementation collects this attribute as an address type. A person not having a fixed address constrains the number of address types that can be collected i.e. temporary accommodation and residential address types cannot be collected. However, if it is imperative that this occurs, it is suggested that code 9 be used.
Other References:
AS4846 Health Care Provider Identification, 2004, Sydney: Standards Australia
In AS4846 and AS5017 alternative alphabetic codes are presented. Refer to the current standard for more details.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

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Implementation in Metadata Sets


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Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
METeOR data element Person (address)-address type, code N, Identifier 286728, Health standard 01/03/2005 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/286728/meteorItemView/long