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The scope of the Local Hospital Networks data set specification (LHN DSS) is:

  • Local Hospital Networks
  • all public hospital services that are managed by a state or territory health authority and are included in the General list of In-scope Public Hospital Services, which has been developed under the National Health Reform Agreement (2011).

Excluded from the DSS scope are establishments which report to the Public hospital establishments NMDS.

Local Hospital Networks are defined as those entities recognised as such by the relevant state or territory health authority.

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

Below is a list of all the components within this Dataset Specification.
Each entry includes the item name, whether the item is optional, mandatory or conditional and the maximum times the item can occur in a dataset.
If the items must occur in a particular order in the dataset, the sequence number is included before the item name.

Data Elements
Reference Data Element Data Type Length Inclusion #
No data elements have been assigned to this grouping.


Guide for use:

The following are principles of the collection. Jurisdictions should consider these principles when providing data.

  1. Data should be reported by jurisdictions at the level relevant to service management and/or provision.
  2. The DSS should capture and differentiate between in-scope and out-of-scope of the National Health Reform Agreement.
  3. The DSS must specify where data elements are reporting actual data and where they are reporting estimated data.
  4. Where possible, the DSS should align so that it acts as a subset of the Government health expenditure NMDS.
  5. Reporting on expenditure and activity delivered under contract requires less detail than other expenditure and activity.

Actual expenditure and revenue data are expected to be reported at the level at which they appear in the general ledger. Expenditure and revenue data are not expected to be apportioned to a lower level.

Expenditure and revenue data reported to the LHN DSS should reconcile with published financial statements.

Expenditure data are reported in two ways:

The total expenditure by product stream should equal the total expenditure by general ledger line item at both levels of the hierarchy.

For the purposes of the LHN DSS, funding from the Commonwealth, National Health Funding Body, state and territory health authorities and other state and territory government departments is considered to be revenue and should be reported as such.


Interaction with the Public hospital establishments NMDS

The Public hospital establishments national minimum data set (PHE NMDS) and the LHN DSS work together to collect data on the public hospital system. The two data set specifications collect the same expenditure and revenue data items, but at different levels of the system:

Hierarchical level Data collected through
Public hospital establishments PHE NMDS
Local hospital network LHN DSS
Jurisdictional health authority LHN DSS

It is expected that expenditure and revenue data will be reported at the level at which they occur.

In addition to the shared expenditure and revenue data items, each collection has a number of unique items. The PHE NMDS includes items such as establishment location, establishment type and specialised service indicators that do not appear in the LHN DSS. Similarly, the LHN DSS includes gross and net capital expenditure items that do not appear in the PHE NMDS.

It is intended that once the LHN DSS is firmly established, the two collections should be merged into a single NMDS.

Scope links with Health NMDSs

The LHN DSS shares scope with the Government health expenditure NMDS.


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