Western Australia

Western Australia

Birth Registrations
Description: The Western Australian Births Registry is established under the authority of Births, Death and Marriages Registration Act 1998. The WA Births Registry is administered by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages of the Western Australia Department of the Attorney General.

The Register includes all children born and subsequently registered in Western Australia. Stillbirths (deaths in utero that occur after 20 weeks gestation or at greater than 400 grams) are recorded in the Births Register. In addition to the administrative Birth Registration information additional information is collected for stillbirths on the Medical Certificate of Cause of Perinatal Death. Where there is sign of life at birth, but the neonate subsequently dies, the birth is recorded in the Births Register and the death is recorded in the Deaths Register. Although stillbirths are registered as a birth, for reporting purposes these are accounted for in perinatal death statistics.

The Birth Registration Statement contains the details prescribed by Regulation, including, but not limited to: details of the baby such as name, sex, birth weight and whether a multiple birth; date and place of birth; and details of the parents and previous children.

The parents of a child are jointly responsible for having the child's birth registered. A parent of a child born in WA and the Chief Executive Officer of a hospital, or any person responsible for the professional care of a mother at the birth, are each required to supply to the Registrar details relating to the birth of the child. Registration details are entered electronically by Births, Deaths and Marriages staff.
Date Range: 1974 - ongoing
Contact: WA Data Linkage Branch Client Services
Jurisdiction: Western Australia
Data Linkage Unit Western Australian Data Linkage Branch
Variable list: Available
Meta Data: Available
Data Quality Statement: Not available

 

Midwives Notification System
Description: The Midwives' Notification System is established under the authority of the Health Regulations 1994. The Midwives Notification System is managed by the WA Department of Health. It is an administrative data collection which compiles information on all births attended by a midwife in Western Australia.

The information collected in the MNS is about pregnancy care, services and outcomes. This includes demographic, medical and obstetric information about the mother; and information on the labour, delivery and condition of the infant.

The scope of the MNS is all births in WA public and private hospitals, and home births, this includes women whose usual place of residence is outside WA who gave birth in WA. It records data for any birth of at least 20 weeks gestation, or when the gestation is unknown, where the birth weight is at least 400 grams, including all live births and stillbirths. Information on women resident in WA who gave birth outside Western Australia are not included.
Date Range: 1980 - ongoing
Contact: WA Data Linkage Branch Client Services
Jurisdiction: Western Australia
Data Linkage Unit Western Australian Data Linkage Branch
Variable list: Available
Notification of Case Attended Form Available
Meta Data: Available
Data Quality Statement: Not available

 

Mental Health Information System
Description: The Mental Health Information System collects data about people who use public mental health services in Western Australia. It is a patient based information system in which each patient is allocated a unique number. Data for each person contains demographic information and clinical information from outpatient clinics and hospital visits. The collection of mental health information is authorised by Hospitals and Health Services Act 1927.
Date Range: 1966 - ongoing
Contact: WA Data Linkage Branch Client Services
Jurisdiction: Western Australia
Data Linkage Unit Western Australian Data Linkage Branch
Variable list: Available
Meta Data: Available
Data Quality Statement: Not available

 

Emergency Department Data Collection
Description: The EDDC contains data on emergency department activity in Western Australia's public hospitals, as well emergency department activity from private hospitals under contract with the WA Government. In addition to data specifically related to episodes of care in emergency departments (e.g. triage category, presentation date and time), the collection also includes demographic data (e.g. name, date of birth) and data required under the Australian Health Care Agreement (e.g. whether an interpreter service was required).
Date Range: 2002 - ongoing
Contact: WA Data Linkage Branch Client Services
Jurisdiction: Western Australia
Data Linkage Unit Western Australian Data Linkage Branch
Variable list: Available
Meta Data: Available
Data Quality Statement: Not available

 

Hospital Morbidity Data Collection
Description: The Hospital Morbidity Data System is a database of information about hospital visits. The collection began in 1970 and includes summaries of all hospital visits for patients admitted to public and private hospitals in Western Australia.

The data collection is comprised of summary inpatient records since 1970, which is the data about patient visits to hospitals and wait list data since 1991 (data about people waiting for elective surgery). The collection of morbidity information is authorised under law by the Hospitals and Health Services Act 1927.
Date Range: 1970 - ongoing
Contact: WA Data Linkage Branch Client Services
Jurisdiction: Western Australia
Data Linkage Unit Western Australian Data Linkage Branch
Variable list: Available
Meta Data: Available
Data Quality Statement: Not available

 

WA Electoral Roll
Description: The WA Electoral Roll is maintained by the WA Electoral Commission, under the Electoral Act 1907. Electoral Roll data is most often used as a source of control groups and only current records are released.
Date Range: 1988 - ongoing
Contact: WA Data Linkage Branch Client Services
Jurisdiction: Western Australia
Data Linkage Unit Western Australian Data Linkage Branch
Variable list: Available
Meta Data: Available
Data Quality Statement: Not available

 

Cancer Registry
Description: The WA Cancer Registry is a database of all the instances of cancer in Western Australia, which are reported by all oncologists and pathologists to the Department of Health. The Registry was established by the Health (Notification of Cancer) Regulations 1981 and data collection and usage is now covered by the Health (Western Australian Cancer Register) Regulations 2011. The Registry is part of the Statutory and Non Admitted Data Collection Branch within the Data Integrity Directorate of the Western Australian Department of Health.

The WA Cancer Registry provides population-based statistics about cancer incidence, mortality, and case fatality (survival) for the residents of South Australia. The WA Cancer Registry collects a minimum data set for each cancer case, including such elements as place of residence, sex, date of birth, date of diagnosis, cancer site and morphology, means of diagnosis, whether there were multiple primary sites of cancer, race, country of birth, and date, place and cause of death, where applicable.

Primary sources of information include pathology laboratories, hospitals, radiotherapy departments, the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) and other supplementary sources such as clinician
Date Range: 1982 - ongoing
Contact: WA Data Linkage Branch Client Services
Jurisdiction: Western Australia
Data Linkage Unit Western Australian Data Linkage Branch
Variable list: Available
Meta Data: Available
Data Quality Statement: Not available

 

Death Registrations
Description: The Western Australian Deaths Registry is administered under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998 by the WA Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages of the Western Australian Department of the Attorney General. The Register includes all deaths that occur in Western Australia. Stillbirths or deaths in utero that occur after 20 weeks gestation or at greater than 400 grams are recorded in the Births and Deaths Register.

The Death Registration Statements contains the details prescribed by Regulation, including but not limited to: demographic details such as name at birth, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander status, sex, occupation, date and place of birth; age at death; date of death; place of death; cause of death; marital status; details of parents; details of children; Coroner details; and funeral director details.

The registration of a death requires a death registration statement and either a medical report or coroner's report.
Date Range: 1969 - ongoing
Contact: WA Data Linkage Branch Client Services
Jurisdiction: Western Australia
Data Linkage Unit Western Australian Data Linkage Branch
Variable list: Available
Meta Data: Available
Data Quality Statement: Not available