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Data Element Detail

Healthcare provider individual-occupation category (self-identified) (ANZSCO 2009)
Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040920 v2
Data Element
Data Element
A healthcare occupation that an individual provider identifies as being one in which they provide a significant amount of services.
Provider occupation category (self-identified)
Representational Attributes
Permissible Values


A valid code from the corporate reference data system (CRDS) ANZSCO (Aust & NZ Standard Classification of Occupations) General Reference data set maintained by the Statistical Standards Unit (SSU), Health Statistics Centre.
Supplementary Values


Collection and Usage Attributes
The following is a list of the more common health care occupations, however, it is not intended to represent all the possible health care occupations:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker (ANZSCO code 411511)
Acupuncturist (ANZSCO code 252211)
Aged or Disabled Carer (ANZSCO code 423111)
Ambulance Officer (ANZSCO code 411111)
Anaesthetist (ANZSCO code 253211)
Audiologist (ANZSCO code 252711)
Chiropractor (ANZSCO code 252111)
Clinical Psychologist (ANZSCO code 272311)
Complementary Health Therapists nec (ANZSCO code 252299)
Dental Assistant (ANZSCO code 423211)
Dental Hygienist (ANZSCO code 411211)
Dental Specialist (ANZSCO code 252311)
Dental Technician (ANZSCO code 411213)
Dental Therapist (ANZSCO code 411214)
Dentist (ANZSCO code 252312)
Dermatologist (ANZSCO code 253911)
Dietitian (ANZSCO code 251111)
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor (ANZSCO code 272112)
Enrolled Nurse (ANZSCO code 411411)
General Medical Practitioner (ANZSCO code 253111)
Health Professionals (ANZSCO code 25)
Hospital Pharmacist (ANZSCO code 251511)
Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic (ANZSCO code 411112)
Massage Therapist (ANZSCO code 411611)
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer (ANZSCO code 251211)
Medical Practitioners nec (ANZSCO code 253999)
Medical Radiation Therapist (ANZSCO code 251212)
Midwife (ANZSCO code 254111)
Natural Therapy Professional nec (ANZSCO code 2394-79)
Naturopath (ANZSCO code 252213)
Nuclear Medicine Technologist (ANZSCO code 251213)
Nurse Educator (ANZSCO code 254211)
Nurse Manager (ANZSCO code 254311)
Nurse Practitioner (ANZSCO code 254411)
Nurse Researcher (ANZSCO code 254212)
Nursing Support Worker (ANZSCO code 423312)
Occupational Therapist (ANZSCO code 252411)
Ophthalmologist (ANZSCO code 253914)
Optometrist (ANZSCO code 251411)
Orthoptist (ANZSCO code 251412)
Orthotist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO code 251912)
Osteopath (ANZSCO code 252112)
Paediatrician (ANZSCO code 253321)
Pathologist (ANZSCO code 253915)
Physiotherapist (ANZSCO code 252511)
Podiatrist (ANZSCO code 252611)
Psychiatrist (ANZSCO code 253411)
Psychologists nec (ANZSCO code 272399)
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist (ANZSCO code 253917)
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) (ANZSCO code 254416)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (ANZSCO code 254422)
Registered Nurses nec (ANZSCO code 254499)
Rehabilitation Counsellor (ANZSCO code 272114)
Retail Pharmacist (ANZSCO code 251513)
Social Worker (ANZSCO code 272511)
Sonographer (ANZSCO code 251214)
Specialist Physician General Medicine) (ANZSCO code 253311)
Speech Pathologist (ANZSCO code 252712)
Surgeon (General) (ANZSCO code 253511)
Therapy Aide (ANZSCO code 423314)
Data is collected at the time a health care provider identification record is created.

Multiple instances of health care occupation may be collected where the individual provides a significant amount of services in more than one category. For example, a dentist who is also a medical practitioner may practice as both.

Record as many occupation categories as apply.

Accurate data are best achieved using computer assisted coding. A computer assisted coding system is available from the ABS to assist in coding occupational data to ANZSCO codes.

Data coded at the 4-digit and 6-digit level will provide more detailed information than that collected at the higher levels and may be more useful. However, the level at which data are coded and reported will depend on the purpose of collecting this information.
ANZSCO defines 'occupation' as 'a set of jobs with similar sets of tasks'. Operationally this is defined as 'a collection of jobs which are sufficiently similar in their main tasks to be grouped together for purposes of the classification'. Job is defined as 'a set of tasks designed to be performed by one individual for a wage or salary'. Other References: - AS4846 Health Care Provider Identification, 2004, Sydney: Standards Australia. - AS4846 Health Care Provider Identification, 2006, Sydney: Standards Australia.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementData ElementProvider occupation category (self-identified)QH 040920 Version 1Superseded
Has been superseded byData ElementData ElementHealthcare provider individual-occupation category (self-identified) (ANZSCO 2013, 1st edn, v1.2)QH 040920 Version 3Current
Relates toData ElementData ElementHealthcare provider individual-occupation end dateQH 040921 Version 2Superseded
Relates toData ElementData ElementHealthcare provider individual-occupation start dateQH 040922 Version 2Superseded
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Individual service provider-occupation (self-identified), code (ANZSCO 1st edition) N[NNN]{NN} METeOR data element, identifier 350896, health standard 04/07/2007 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/350896/meteorItemView/long