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4715.0.55.002 - Technical Manual: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Expanded CURF, 2004-05  
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EXPLANATORY NOTES

The following information provides details on important changes to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4715.0.55.001). The CURF Technical Manual (cat. no. 4715.0.55.002) has been updated to reflect the changes to the CURF, with replacement content added to the 'Geography and SEIFA' sections of Chapter 3: Using the CURF Data, and the 'File contents' section of Chapter 4: About the CURF of the Technical Manual. Minor corrections made to the Technical Manual Data item list have also been detailed below.

The following topics are covered:


OVERVIEW OF 2004-05 NATSIHS CURF CHANGES


Data from the 2004-05 NATSIHS are now presented via two Expanded CURFs:
    • a State/Territory CURF; and
    • a State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF.

The primary differences between these CURFs are the:
    • type of geography; and
    • availability of non-remote restricted data items.

Each CURF contains 7 levels from the survey:
    • household;
    • all persons in household;
    • selected person;
    • alcohol;
    • conditions;
    • injury damage;
    • body part injured.

The State/Territory CURF contains a data item (STATEC) which identifies each state and territory separately except Tasmania and the ACT. Due to confidentiality considerations, the samples from Tasmania and the ACT have been combined into a single category of Tas./ACT. This has remained unchanged from the first release of the CURF. This data item is located on the household level file in the State/Territory CURF.

The State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF contains a broad National Remoteness data item (ARIAC) and a special data item (REMSTAT), which contains 13 output categories that comprise selected cross-classifications of state/territory by remoteness, where sample and population size permits. Output categories for both of these data items can be found in Tables 1 and 2 and are located on the household level file in the State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF.

Note: REMSTAT is a replacement of the previously available STATREM. The previously available RA2001I is no longer available via the CURF. The broad item ARIAC should be used instead. Users should refer to Tables 1 and 2 below for output categories.

Content differences between the two CURFs are presented in Table 3. Data items which have been revised to accommodate different geography restrictions or have been corrected due to identified errors are shown in the section Data Changes from original CURF files and metadata corrections to the data item list.

Please note: other than the geographic data item replacements identified above and a few other corrections to data, no other specific changes have been made to items contained in the data item list (as contained in the CURF Technical Manual cat. 4715.0.55.002).

Details regarding administrative changes are at the bottom of this document.


INFORMATION FOR USERS REGARDING USING DATA ITEMS WITH GEOGRAPHIC RESTRICTIONS


Due to questionnaire differences between non-remote and remote areas, there are some differences in the data items available on the State/Territory CURF and the State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF. Users of the 2004-05 NATSIHS CURFs are advised that there are 102 data items which are output for non-remote areas only and are therefore only contained on the State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness CURF (see Table 3).

Some questions were only asked in non-remote areas. Data items based on these questions are therefore only available for non-remote areas and have been coded so as to have no values for remote geographies. Output for these data items is restricted to the non-remote areas shown in the tables below, see 'Non-remote only data items' These items have (NR) attached to the end of the category labels and/or are identified as being for non-remote persons/households in the applicable population column in the revised Technical Paper data item list. These items are only available on the State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF.

In some cases, the concepts and questions asked in non-remote and remote areas may be comparable, but additional response categories were available for data items in non-remote areas. Two data items have been produced to account for these differences:
    • an expanded data item restricted to non-remote areas only. In the data item list, these items are identified for Non-remote release only and have been coded so as to have no values for remote geographies. Valid output for these items is restricted to non-remote areas as shown in Table 1. These items are only available on the State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF.
    • a collapsed data item which outputs only those categories common to both non-remote and remote areas. In the data item list, these items have 'Non-remote/Remote comparisons' noted in their label, indicating that the item is suitable for producing full Indigenous population data, as well as for undertaking non-remote and remote data comparisons. These data items are available on both the State/Territory CURF and the State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF.

AUSTRALIA LEVEL

Data items and versions of data items that are restricted to non-remote only cannot produce results for total Australia, due to only representing data for non-remote areas of Australia. However, Australia level non-remote data can be produced by using the following data item:
    • ARIAC - category 1 (Non-remote).

Table 1 provides information on the availability of non-remote only data items by Australia level geographic areas (where marked with an 'X', indicates data available). If an item is available (eg. non-remote only) then, where it meets other population criteria, it will contain data. Where the geographic output category is Remote/Very Remote, people living in these areas will be included in the 'not applicable' category of the non-remote only data item.


Table 1: NON-REMOTE ONLY DATA ITEMS, by Australia level geographic areas availability (ARIAC)

Available
Australia Non-Remote(a)
X
Australia Remote/Very Remote
Australia Total(b)

(a) Includes Major cities, Inner regional area and Outer regional area.
(b) Includes Non-Remote and Remote/Very Remote.



If more detailed non-remote geographic categories are required at the Australia level (ie. Major Cities, Inner Regional, Outer Regional) please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS) on 1800 633 216 or email ncatsis@abs.gov.au.

STATE/TERRITORY LEVEL

To obtain valid results for data items that are restricted to non-remote only at the state/territory level, it is necessary to access the State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF and using the following data item:
    • REMSTAT (categories 1 to 7, 9 and 12)

Table 2 provides information on the availability of non-remote only data items by state/territory geographic areas (where marked with an 'X', indicates data available). If an item is available by a geographic output category (eg Major cities) then, where it meets other population criteria, it will contain data. Where the geographic output category is Remote/Very Remote, people living in these areas will be included in the 'not applicable' category of the non-remote only data item.


Table 2: NON-REMOTE ONLY DATA ITEMS, by State/Territory geographic areas availability (REMSTAT)

Available

NSW Major Cities
X
NSW Inner Regional
X
NSW Outer Regional
X
Vic – Total(a)
X
Qld Major Cities
X
Qld Inner Regional
X
Qld Outer Regional
X
Qld Remote/Very Remote
WA Non-Remote(b)
X
WA Remote/Very Remote
NT Remote/Very Remote
Balance of Australia – Non-Remote(c)
X
Balance of Australia – Remote/Very Remote(d)

(a) As only a very small portion of Vic is considered remote and enumeration did not occur in these areas, this represents Non-Remote.
(b) Includes Major cities, Inner regional area and Outer regional area.
(c) Includes Non-Remote areas of SA, NT, and Tas/ACT.
(d) Includes Remote/Very Remote areas of NSW, SA, and Tas/ACT.


SEIFA AVAILABILITY


The 2004-05 NATSIHS CURF includes one Socioeconomic Index For Areas (SEIFA), the Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage. This item is available on both the State/Territory CURF and State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF and is located on the household level of each CURF.

Note: This item was previously identified as not being usable with other geographic data items. This item may now be used in conjunction with the other applicable geography on the CURF being used ie. either STATEC, REMSTAT, or ARIAC.

CONTENT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO EXPANDED CURFS AND DATA ITEM CHANGES


Differences in the file contents of the 2004-05 NATSIHS Expanded CURFs are outlined in the following table. Data items marked with an 'X' indicates available on the CURF. Items that have been revised or created since the initial CURF release have also been identified.


TABLE 3: CONTENT DIFFERENCES AND ITEMS CREATED/REVISED, between CURFs

Data item label
SAS name
State/Territory CURF availability
State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF availability

State or Territory
STATEC
X
State/Territory of usual residence by ASGC Remoteness Area(a)
REMSTAT
X
ASGC Remoteness Structure(b)
ARIAC
X
Age standardised weights – State
AS_ST_WT
X
Age standardised replicate weights – State (Indigenous)
AS_ST001 – AS_ST250
X
Age standardised replicate weights – State (non-Indigenous)
AS_STN01 – AS_STN60
X
Age standardised weights – Remoteness
AS_RE_WT
X
Age standardised replicate weights – Remoteness (Indigenous)
AS_RE001 – AS_RE250 (Indigenous)
X
Age standardised replicate weights – Remoteness (non-Indigenous)
AS_REN01 – AS_REN60 (non-Indigenous)
X
Whether has more than one job last week
MULTJOB
X
Status in employment
EMPTYPEC
X
Working arrangements
WORKARRC
X
Sources of personal cash income
INCSRCFA – INCSRCFF
X
Sources of cash income of income units
INCSRCJA – INCSRCJF
X
Main source of personal cash income
MSRCINII
X
Arthritis status: Rheumatoid arthritis
NHPARTHB
X
Arthritis status: Osteoarthritis
NHPARTHA
X
Type of Arthritis ever had(c)
TARTHER
X
Whether has written asthma action plan
ASTHQ3C
X
Source of written asthma action plan
ASPLANC
X
Whether has a standard written asthma action plan
ASTHQ7
X
All purpose/s for using pharmaceutical medication for asthma
ASTHQ13C
X
Diabetes/HSL status history(d)
NHPADIAR
X
Whether influenza vaccination was free of charge
ADIMMQ5C
X
Breastfeeding status including complimentary feeding
BFCOMPFD
X
Whether ever been given solid food
CHBRS418
X
Age at which solid food first given regularly
BFSLDAGI
X
Total time (exclusively or partially) breastfed - weeks
BFTOTPRT
X
Whether breastfed when came home from hospital
CHBRSQ3C
X
Whether ever been given infant formula (regularly)
CHBRSQ4C
X
Age at which infant formula first given (regularly)
BFINFAGI
X
Whether ever been given cows milk (regularly)
CHBRSQ8C
X
Age at which cows milk first given (regularly)
BFMILAGI
X
Whether ever been given any other type of milk substitute (regularly)
CHBRQ12C
X
Age at which milk substitute first given (regularly)
BFSUBAGI
X
Total time fully breastfed
BFFULLY
X
Total time partially breastfed
BFPRTIAL
X
Main reason stopped breastfeeding
CHBRS26C
X
Type of product first given
BFFSTPRC
X
Age at which anything other than breast milk first given (including solids)
BFOTHANI
X
Type of breast milk substitute first given (excluding solids)
BFALLSUB
X
Other sources of food received (apart from breastfeeding) in last 24 hours
BFOTHERA – BFOTHERL
X
Whether completed full course of adolescent hep b vaccinations
CITEENHB
X
Whether records/cards produced at interview
KIDIMQ2C
X
Reported immunisation level
KIDIMREP
X
Factors influencing decision to immunise
KIDIMQ9A – KIDIMQ9I
X
Whether ever received a pneumococcal vaccination
KIDIMQ31
X
Number of pneumococcal vaccinations received
KIDIM32C
X
Immunisation status for schedule started
STATCOMC
X
Immunisation status for schedule started MMR
KDIMSMMC
X
Immunisation status for schedule started Diphtheria
KDIMSDIC
X
Immunisation status for schedule started HEPB
KDIMSHEC
X
Immunisation status for schedule started HIB
KDIMSHIC
X
Immunisation status for schedule started Polio
KDIMSPOC
X
Immunisation status for schedule started Tetanus
KDIMSTEC
X
Immunisation status for schedule started Pertussis
KDIMSWHC
X
Immunisation status for schedule started CDT
KDIMSCDC
X
Immunisation status for schedule started DTP
KDIMSDTC
X
Immunisation status for 1998 schedule
STAT98C
X
Immunisation status for 2000 schedule
STAT00C
X
Immunisation status for 2004 schedule
STAT04C
X
Whether identifies with tribal group, language group or clan
SEWBQ24C
X
Whether recognise area as homelands or traditional country
SEWBQ25
X
Whether currently live in homelands/traditional country
SEWBQ26
X
Whether allowed to visit homelands or traditional country
SEWBQ27
X
Stressors for respondent, family, friends
SEWBSALA – SEWBSALR
X
Usual daily serves of vegetables
DIETQ2
X
Usual daily serves of fruit
DIETQ3
X
Total time spent walking for sport, recreation and fitness – minutes (in last 2 weeks)
EXWLKIIC
X
Whether did any moderate exercise (in last 2 weeks)
EXERQ6
X
Number of times undertaken moderate exercise
EXMODNOC
X
Total time spent doing moderate exercise in last 2 weeks
EXMODMCC
X
Whether did any vigorous exercise (in last 2 weeks)
EXERQ11
X
Number of times vigorous exercise undertaken (in last 2 weeks)
EXVIGNOI
X
Total time spent doing vigorous exercise in last 2 weeks
EXVIGMCC
X
Type of exercise
EXTYPE
X
Level of exercise
EXLEVEL
X
Total time spent exercising – minutes (in last 2 weeks)
EXWKTIIC
X
Whether ever used substances
SUBSWTR
X
Type of substances ever used
SUBTYPA – SUBTYPQ
X
Whether substances used in the last 12 months
SUBWT12M
X
Type of substances used in the last 12 months
SUB12MXA – SUB12MXG
X
Type of action taken (in the last 2 weeks)
ACTTAKEA – ACTTAKEL
X
Whether visited casualty or emergency ward
CASUQ1
X
Number of times visited casualty/emergency ward
CASUQ2CB
X
Whether visited day clinic
DAYCLQ1
X
Number of times visited day clinic
DAYCLQCB
X
Patient type (most recent admission)
HDCPATYC
X
Hospital type at most recent admission
HOSPQ9
X
Whether visited outpatients
OUTQ1
X
Number of times visited outpatients section
OUTQ2CB
X
Whether most recent visit to outpatients was related to admission
OPTADMBC
X
Whether consulted a general practitioner
DOCQ1
X
Number of times consulted a GP in last 2 weeks
DOCQ2C
X
Whether copayment required at last GP consultation
COPAYGPC
X
Whether consulted a specialist
DOCQ3
X
Number of times consulted a specialist in last 2 weeks
DOCQ4C
X
Whether copayment required at last specialist consultation
COPAYSP
X
Whether copayment required at any OHP consultation in last 2 weeks
COPAYO
X
Whether currently covered by private health insurance
HEALIQ1C
X
Type of private health insurance cover
HICVRTYC
X
Reasons for private health insurance
RPHICVRA – RPHICVRM
X
Reasons not covered by private health insurance
RNCPHIA – RNCPHIK
X
Whether currently has Government health concession card (excl. DVA)
HIGOVCOI
X
Sources of cash income of households
INCSRCKA – INCSRCKF
X
Time since last mammogram
WHTSMAC
X
Time since last pap smear test
WHTSPAC
X
Main reason for currently taking contraceptive pill
WHQ21C
X
Condom use
CONDOM
X
Reasons contraception are not currently used
CONNOTCA – CONNOTCK
X
Combined contraceptive practices
COMBCOCA – COMBCOCR
X

(a) New item. Replacement of STATREM. See Table 2 for new categories.
(b) New item. Replacement of RA2001I. See Table 1 for new categories.
(c) New item. Data restricted to non-remote only and is replacement of TARTHEH. Categories are as per identified for TARTHEH in data item list in the CURF Technical Manual (cat. no. 4715.0.55.002).
(d) New item. Data restricted to non-remote only and is replacement of NHPADIAF. Categories are as per identified for NHPADIAF in data item list in the CURF Technical Manual (cat. no. 4715.0.55.002).



DATA CHANGES FROM ORIGINAL CURF FILES AND METADATA CORRECTIONS TO THE DATA ITEM LIST

For the State/Territory CURF the following changes have been made to remove non-remote only categories in conditions items:
    • categories 95 and 96 in ICD10D have been collapsed with 97 and are now output as one condition (97).
    • categories 59 and 60 in ICPCCI have been collapsed with 63 and are now output as one condition (63).
    • CONDNO has been recalculated based on the collapses in ICD10D (ie. where a respondent were previously in more than 1 of 95,96 and 97, they are now counted as 1 condition).
    • WCONDRJ has been revised as required based on injury identification in any of 95, 96,97.

Note: Data on the State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF for ICPCCI, ICD10D, CONDNO and WCONDRJ remain unchanged.

Data for the following items have also been corrected/amended:
    • MSRCINII (on State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF only) has been corrected so that all respondents under 15 years old are placed into not applicable
    • MSRCINCJ (both CURFs) has had incorrect non-remote data in category 2 Government pensions and allowances moved to correct categories
    • INCPENI (both CURFs) has had incorrect data in category 12 Not known correctly placed into category 11 or removed. This item should also be identified as Multiple response in the data item list (on page 39 of the Technical Manual (cat.no. 4715.0.55.002)) rather than single response.

The reference in the data item list to the SAS name for Age Standardised Weights - Total (on page 156 of the Technical Manual (cat.no. 4715.0.55.002)) is incorrect. It should be 'AS_TO_WT' not 'AS_ST_WT'. Also, the reference to Non-Indigenous in the label for Age Standardised Replicate Weights - Remoteness (on page 157) is incorrect as this item covers both populations.

As identified in Table 3, previously available data items TARTHEH (on page 51 of the Technical Manual (cat.no. 4715.0.55.002)) and NHPADIAF ((on page 56 of the Technical Manual (cat.no. 4715.0.55.002)) have been replaced by non-remote restricted items, TARTHER and NHPADIAR. There have been no changes to the output categories.

Data items RA2001I and STATREM (both located on page 145 of the Technical Manual (cat.no. 4715.0.55.002)) have been replaced by new geographic items, ARIAC and REMSTAT. Categories for the new data items are identified Tables 1 and 2 above. Note: Non-Indigenous household data is now available for the Remote/Very Remote categories for both new items.

ACCESSING DATA FILES


The file names associated with each CURF are identified in the following table:

Table 5: CURF DATA FILE NAMES


State/Territory CURF
State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF

SAS
Household level
IHST05HH.sd2
IHRM05HH.sd2
All persons level
IHST05AP.sd2
IHRM05AP.sd2
Person level
IHST05PN.sd2
IHRM05PN.sd2
Alcohol level
IHST05AL.sd2
IHRM05AL.sd2
Conditions level
IHST05CN.sd2
IHRM05CN.sd2
Injury damage level
IHST05ID.sd2
IHRM05ID.sd2
Body part injured level
IHST05IP.sd2
IHRM05IP.sd2

SPSS
Household level
IHST05HH.sav
IHRM05HH.sav
All persons level
IHST05AP.sav
IHRM05AP.sav
Person level
IHST05PN.sav
IHRM05PN.sav
Alcohol level
IHST05AL.sav
IHRM05AL.sav
Conditions level
IHST05CN.sav
IHRM05CN.sav
Injury damage level
IHST05ID.sav
IHRM05ID.sav
Body part injured level
IHST05IP.sav
IHRM05IP.sav

STATA
Household level
IHST05HH.dta
IHRM05HH.dta
All persons level
IHST05AP.dta
IHRM05AP.dta
Person level
IHST05PN.dta
IHRM05PN.dta
Alcohol level
IHST05AL.dta
IHRM05AL.dta
Conditions level
IHST05CN.dta
IHRM05CN.dta
Injury damage level
IHST05ID.dta
IHRM05ID.dta
Body part injured level
IHST05IP.dta
IHRM05IP.dta




The two Expanded CURFs are still available via cat. no. 4715.0.55.001.

Access to the CURFs is granted through the ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL). As the two 2004-05 NATSIHS Expanded CURFs may not be merged, users of the two CURFs will require a separate RADL log-in for each CURF. More information on this will be provided to applicants. Previous users of the NATSIHS 2004-05 Expanded CURF will also be notified and new RADL log-ins created.

CURF PRICING

Microdata access is priced according to ABS Pricing Policy and Commonwealth Cost Recovery Guidelines. For details refer to ABS Pricing Policy on the ABS website. For microdata prices refer to the Microdata prices web page.

HOW TO APPLY FOR ACCESS


Clients wishing to access the microdata should read the How to Apply for Microdata web page. Clients should familiarise themselves with the User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFs (cat. no. 1406.0.55.003) and other related microdata information which are available via the Microdata web pages, before applying for access through MiCRO.

Further information on CURF products and the RADL is available on the ABS website (see Services>CURF Microdata).

FURTHER INFORMATION


The Microdata Entry Page on the ABS website contains links to microdata related information to assist users to understand and access microdata. For further information users should email microdata.access@abs.gov.au or telephone (02) 6252 7714.



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