National best practice guidelines for collecting Indigenous status in health data sets – AIHW – 8 April 2010

Posted on April 9, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Informatics | Tags: , |

National best practice guidelines for collecting Indigenous status in health data sets

“All clients of health services should be asked if they are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin in the process of routine data collection. Despite improvements in recent years, there have been continuing problems in establishing and maintaining standard practice in the collection of Indigenous status, resulting in the under-identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in key national health data sets. These guidelines have been developed to ensure the standard Indigenous status question is asked correctly and consistently of all clients of health services, and that this information is correctly recorded.”

Authored by Pieris-Caldwell I.

Published 8 April 2010; ISBN-13 978 1 74024 998 0; AIHW cat. no. IHW 29

From the media release:

“All Australians should soon become accustomed to being asked ‘Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?’ when they visit a health service, following today’s release of new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data collection guidelines.

The National best practice guidelines for collecting Indigenous status in health data sets stress that the question, ‘Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?’ should be asked of all clients irrespective of appearance, country of birth or whether the staff know of the client or their family background.

According to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Indigenous Reform Agreement, all states and territories will adopt the guidelines and have them in systematic use by December 2012.”   …continues

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