This document was added 04/21/2010.
OVERVIEW OF 2004-05 NATSIHS CURF CHANGES
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). Please note that the CURF Technical Manual (cat. no. 4715.0.55.002) has not been updated to reflect the changes to the CURF. The following information is a replacement for details in the 'Geography and SEIFA' sections of Chapter 3 and the 'File contents' section of Chapter 4 of the Technical Manual. It also contains some corrections to the Data item list found in Appendix 2 of the Technical Manual.
The following topics are covered:
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:
- all persons in household;
- selected person;
- 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). The data item list has not been updated to reflect these changes. Users should refer to these notes for amendments.
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 Appendix 5 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.
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)
|Australia Remote/Very Remote|
|(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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
|NSW Major Cities|
|NSW Inner Regional|
|NSW Outer Regional|
|Vic – Total(a)|
|Qld Major Cities|
|Qld Inner Regional|
|Qld Outer Regional|
|Qld Remote/Very Remote|
|WA Remote/Very Remote|
|NT Remote/Very Remote|
|Balance of Australia – Non-Remote(c)|
|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.
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|
State/Territory CURF availability
State/Territory by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF availability
|State or Territory|
|State/Territory of usual residence by ASGC Remoteness Area(a)|
|ASGC Remoteness Structure(b)|
|Age standardised weights – State|
|Age standardised replicate weights – State (Indigenous)|
AS_ST001 – AS_ST250
|Age standardised replicate weights – State (non-Indigenous)|
AS_STN01 – AS_STN60
|Age standardised weights – Remoteness|
|Age standardised replicate weights – Remoteness (Indigenous)|
AS_RE001 – AS_RE250 (Indigenous)
|Age standardised replicate weights – Remoteness (non-Indigenous)|
AS_REN01 – AS_REN60 (non-Indigenous)
|Whether has more than one job last week|
|Status in employment|
|Sources of personal cash income|
INCSRCFA – INCSRCFF
|Sources of cash income of income units|
INCSRCJA – INCSRCJF
|Main source of personal cash income|
|Arthritis status: Rheumatoid arthritis|
|Arthritis status: Osteoarthritis|
|Type of Arthritis ever had(c)|
|Whether has written asthma action plan|
|Source of written asthma action plan|
|Whether has a standard written asthma action plan|
|All purpose/s for using pharmaceutical medication for asthma|
|Diabetes/HSL status history(d)|
|Whether influenza vaccination was free of charge|
|Breastfeeding status including complimentary feeding|
|Whether ever been given solid food|
|Age at which solid food first given regularly|
|Total time (exclusively or partially) breastfed - weeks|
|Whether breastfed when came home from hospital|
|Whether ever been given infant formula (regularly)|
|Age at which infant formula first given (regularly)|
|Whether ever been given cows milk (regularly)|
|Age at which cows milk first given (regularly)|
|Whether ever been given any other type of milk substitute (regularly)|
|Age at which milk substitute first given (regularly)|
|Total time fully breastfed|
|Total time partially breastfed|
|Main reason stopped breastfeeding|
|Type of product first given|
|Age at which anything other than breast milk first given (including solids)|
|Type of breast milk substitute first given (excluding solids)|
|Other sources of food received (apart from breastfeeding) in last 24 hours|
BFOTHERA – BFOTHERL
|Whether completed full course of adolescent hep b vaccinations|
|Whether records/cards produced at interview|
|Reported immunisation level|
|Factors influencing decision to immunise|
KIDIMQ9A – KIDIMQ9I
|Whether ever received a pneumococcal vaccination|
|Number of pneumococcal vaccinations received|
|Immunisation status for schedule started|
|Immunisation status for schedule started MMR|
|Immunisation status for schedule started Diphtheria|
|Immunisation status for schedule started HEPB|
|Immunisation status for schedule started HIB|
|Immunisation status for schedule started Polio|
|Immunisation status for schedule started Tetanus|
|Immunisation status for schedule started Pertussis|
|Immunisation status for schedule started CDT|
|Immunisation status for schedule started DTP|
|Immunisation status for 1998 schedule|
|Immunisation status for 2000 schedule|
|Immunisation status for 2004 schedule|
|Whether identifies with tribal group, language group or clan|
|Whether recognise area as homelands or traditional country|
|Whether currently live in homelands/traditional country|
|Whether allowed to visit homelands or traditional country|
|Stressors for respondent, family, friends|
SEWBSALA – SEWBSALR
|Usual daily serves of vegetables|
|Usual daily serves of fruit|
|Total time spent walking for sport, recreation and fitness – minutes (in last 2 weeks)|
|Whether did any moderate exercise (in last 2 weeks)|
|Number of times undertaken moderate exercise|
|Total time spent doing moderate exercise in last 2 weeks|
|Whether did any vigorous exercise (in last 2 weeks)|
|Number of times vigorous exercise undertaken (in last 2 weeks)|
|Total time spent doing vigorous exercise in last 2 weeks|
|Type of exercise|
|Level of exercise|
|Total time spent exercising – minutes (in last 2 weeks)|
|Whether ever used substances|
|Type of substances ever used|
SUBTYPA – SUBTYPQ
|Whether substances used in the last 12 months|
|Type of substances used in the last 12 months|
SUB12MXA – SUB12MXG
|Type of action taken (in the last 2 weeks)|
ACTTAKEA – ACTTAKEL
|Whether visited casualty or emergency ward|
|Number of times visited casualty/emergency ward|
|Whether visited day clinic|
|Number of times visited day clinic|
|Patient type (most recent admission)|
|Hospital type at most recent admission|
|Whether visited outpatients|
|Number of times visited outpatients section|
|Whether most recent visit to outpatients was related to admission|
|Whether consulted a general practitioner|
|Number of times consulted a GP in last 2 weeks|
|Whether copayment required at last GP consultation|
|Whether consulted a specialist|
|Number of times consulted a specialist in last 2 weeks|
|Whether copayment required at last specialist consultation|
|Whether copayment required at any OHP consultation in last 2 weeks|
|Whether currently covered by private health insurance|
|Type of private health insurance cover|
|Reasons for private health insurance|
RPHICVRA – RPHICVRM
|Reasons not covered by private health insurance|
RNCPHIA – RNCPHIK
|Whether currently has Government health concession card (excl. DVA)|
|Sources of cash income of households|
INCSRCKA – INCSRCKF
|Time since last mammogram|
|Time since last pap smear test|
|Main reason for currently taking contraceptive pill|
|Reasons contraception are not currently used|
CONNOTCA – CONNOTCK
|Combined contraceptive practices|
COMBCOCA – COMBCOCR
|(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 by ASGC Remoteness Structure CURF
|All persons level|
|Injury damage level|
|Body part injured level|
|All persons level|
|Injury damage level|
|Body part injured level|
|All persons level|
|Injury damage level|
|Body part injured level|
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.
Further information on CURF products and the RADL is available on the ABS website (see Services>CURF Microdata).
From 1 January 2009 the recommended retail prices for accessing CURFs are:
- $1,430 (including GST) per CURF access type (ie $1,430 to access each of the Expanded CURFs on RADL).
- $2,140 (including GST) for access to both Expanded CURFs. However, clients must request access to both CURFs in one single application.
For more information on pricing and payment refer to the ABS website (see Services> CURF Microdata).
Users who already have access to the 2004-05 NATSIHS CURF should refer to the information they have been sent regarding the administrative changes. New applicants should refer to current pricing when requesting access.
If you have any further queries regarding the changes to the 2004-05 NATSIHS CURF, please forward your questions to Microdata Access Strategies Section via email: email@example.com, or telephone: (02) 6252 7714.
This page last updated 23 April 2010