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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040752 v4
Data Element
Data Element
Information Management Strategic Governance Committee (IMSGC), Queensland Health
The actual place where the birth occurred.
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)
Actual place of birth
Representational Attributes
Permissible Values


1Hospital, excluding birth centre
2Birth centre, attached to hospital
3Birth centre, free standing
5Born before arrival
Supplementary Values


9Not stated/unknown
Collection and Usage Attributes
This is to be recorded for each baby the mother delivers from this pregnancy.

Code 4 Home
Should be reserved for those births that occur at the home intended (planned home births).

Code 7 Freebirth
Freebirth is a birth where no medical professional who is trained to direct the birth process is in attendance.
This code is only for use by the Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC) team.

Code 8 Other
Used when birth occurs at a home other than that intended; a community health centre or for babies "born before arrival".
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC):
Must not be blank.
Validated against list of actual place of birth codes.
For national reporting of the Birth event-actual setting of birth (NHDD) data element, this data element is mapped as follows:
Code 1 Hospital, excluding birth centre is mapped to code 1 Hospital, excluding birth centre.
Code 2 Birth centre, attached to hospital is mapped to code Birth Centre, attached to hospital.
Code 3 Birth centre, free standing is mapped to code 3 Birth Centre, free standing.
Code 4 Home is mapped to code 4 Home.
Code 7 Freebirth is mapped to code 8 other.
Code 8 Other is mapped to code 8 Other.
Code 9 Not stated/unknown is mapped to code 9 Not stated/inadequately described.
Used to analyse the risk factors and outcomes by place of birth. While most deliveries occur within hospitals, an increasing number of births now occur in other settings. It is important to monitor the births occurring outside hospitals and to ascertain whether or not the actual place of delivery was planned.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementData ElementBirth event-actual place of birthQH 040752 Version 3Superseded
Has been superseded byData ElementData ElementBirth event-actual place of birthQH 040752 Version 5Current
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptBirth eventQH 041670 Version 2Draft
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifer & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)QH 020003 Version 2MandatoryCurrent01-Jul-201930-Jun-2021
Data Supply RequirementHHS Service AgreementQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC) Baby Data Supply Requirement (DSR) 2019-2020QH 020570 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-201930-Jun-2020
Data Supply RequirementHHS Service AgreementQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC) Baby Data Supply Requirement (DSR) 2020-2021QH 020700 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-202030-Jun-2021
Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
METeOR data element: Birth event-actual setting of birth, code N, Identifier 695103, Health standard 12/12/2018 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/695103/meteorItemView/long