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4326.0.30.002 - Technical Manual: National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Confidentialised Unit Record Files, 2007 Quality Declaration 
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DATA ITEMS

A detailed list of the data items and categories for the Basic and Expanded CURFs has been released on the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au> in spreadsheet format. The majority of data items on the CURFs are the same as collected and output on the main survey file. In a small number of instances it was necessary to remove items or to reduce the level of information available on the CURFs for confidentiality reasons. Where information on the CURFs differs to the main survey file, this is noted as 'Not on the CURF' or the details of the CURF output items are included on the data item list. Refer to the Basic/Expanded CURF SAS name and CURF item (including response categories) on the data items list for more information.

Additionally, some of the data items included on the CURFs, and the categories within the data items, differ between the Basic and Expanded CURFs. The Expanded CURF contains more variables than the Basic CURF, as well as more detailed response categories for selected variables. The differences between the CURFs are highlighted in the data item list.


Key differences between the CURFs

Demographic items

Most of the differences between the Basic and Expanded CURFs relate to the amount of detail available for the demographic items. The following table provides an overview of the key differences.

1. KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE CURFS, by demographic items

Item
Basic CURF
Expanded CURF

Household level

State/Territory
-
NSW, Qld, Vic, SA, WA, Tas, NT, ACT
Number of persons in household
6 categories
8 categories
Number of adults in household
4 categories
5 categories
Number of children aged 0-17 years in household
4 categories
5 categories
Family composition of household
8 categories
11 categories
Index of disadvantage (CD level)
Deciles
Deciles
Capital city/Rest of State
-
Capital city, Balance of State
ASGC remoteness area category
-
Major cities, Inner regional, Other areas
Gross weekly cash income of household in deciles
-
Deciles
Gross weekly cash income of household
-
Continuous income $ (perturbed)
Gross weekly equivalised cash income of household
-
Continuous income $ (perturbed)

Person level

Social marital status
-
Not applicable, Married, Not married
Country of birth of person/father/mother
3 categories
20 categories
Main language other than English spoken at home (ASCL)
-
9 categories
Level of highest non-school qualification
9 categories
10 categories
Highest level of post-school educational attainment
7 categories
9 categories
Occupation
10 categories
53 categories
Industry
21 categories
70 categories
Personal gross weekly cash income
-
Continuous income $ (perturbed)
Personal gross weekly cash income in deciles
-
Deciles

Note: - not available


Service use items

There are also differences between the Basic and Expanded CURFs for items related to service use in the Health Service Utilisation module, including:

  • the number of times a person was admitted to hospital for physical health problems in the 12 months prior to interview;
  • the total number of nights a person was admitted to hospital for physical health problems in the 12 months prior to interview;
  • the number of consultations with a [health professional] for physical or mental health in the 12 months prior to interview;
  • the number of consultations with a [health professional] for mental health in the 12 months prior to interview; and
  • the age first time consulted with a [health professional] about mental health problems.

This information is collected separately for the following different types of health professionals consulted:
  • General Practitioners (GPs);
  • Psychiatrists;
  • Psychologists;
  • Mental health nurses;
  • Other professionals (specialist mental health);
  • Specialist doctors/surgeons;
  • Other professionals (general); and
  • Alternative therapists.

The Expanded CURF data items generally contain more detail than was able to be provided on the Basic CURF. For more information on the data items available and the applicable response categories refer to the data item list.


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