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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040811 v2
Data Element
Data Element
Information Management Strategic Governance Committee (IMSGC), Queensland Health
The intended place of birth at the onset of labour.
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)
Intended place of birth
Representational Attributes
Permissible Values


1Hospital, excluding birth centre
2Birth centre, attached to hospital
3Birth centre, free-standing
Supplementary Values


9Not stated/unknown
Collection and Usage Attributes
A health care facility established under the Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation as a hospital or free-standing day procedure unit and authorised to provide treatment and or care to the patients.

Birth Centre
A facility where women are able to birth in an environment which:
- is free-standing or physically separate from a labour ward but has access to emergency medical facilities for both mother and child if required; and
- has a home like atmosphere; and
- focuses the care on a model of care (e.g. midwifery model) which ensures continuity of care; a family centred approach and informed client participation in choices related to the management of care.

May be the mother's own home or where the baby is born in a home environment, where home may actually be that of a midwifery practitioner or any other person and attended by a midwifery practitioner.

Is a birth where no medical professional who is trained to direct the birth process is in attendance.

Code 7 Freebirth is only for use by the Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC) team.
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC):
Must not be blank.
Validated against list of intended place of birth codes.
Women who plan to give birth in birth centres or at home usually or in freebirth have different risk factors for outcome compared to those who plan to give birth in hospitals. Women who are transferred to hospital after the onset of labour have increased risks of intervention and adverse outcomes.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementData ElementIntended place of birthQH 040811 Version 1Superseded
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-2019
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-intended setting of birth, code N, identifier 668857, Health Standard 12/12/2018 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/668857/meteorItemView/long