The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) developed the Australian Teaching and Training Classification (ATTC) as a national classification for teaching and training activities which occur in public hospital services. The ATTC aims to provide a nationally consistent approach to how teaching and training activities are classified, counted, and costed. Development of the ATTC involved defining teaching and training for the purposes of Activity Based Funding, identifying specific cost drivers, conducting a costing study, and undertaking data modelling to develop the classification.
The ATTC Version 1.0 has been developed as a health professional trainee oriented classification. The key concepts in the ATTC Version 1.0 include profession and training stage.
On 4 April 2018, the Pricing Authority approved the ATTC Version 1.0. The ATTC was released on 1 July 2018.
During the development of the ATTC Version 1.0, findings indicated a low degree of confidence that the results relating to research capability were adequately representative to define a research classification system. Therefore, there is currently no national classification for research activities.
Teaching and training definition
Teaching and training describes: the activities provided by or on behalf of a public health service to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, or development of skills. These activities must be required for an individual to:
- attain the necessary qualifications or recognised professional body registration to practice;
- acquire sufficient clinical competence upon entering the workforce; or
- undertake specialist/advanced practice in medicine, dentistry, nursing, midwifery or allied health.
Research describes: the activities undertaken in a public health service where the primary objective is the advancement of knowledge that ultimately aims to improve consumer and patient health outcomes and/or health system performance. The activity must be undertaken in a structured and ethical way, be formally approved by a research governance or ethics body, and have potential for application outside of the health service in which the activity is undertaken.
For ABF purposes, the definition of research relates to:
the public health service's contribution to maintain research capability, excluding the costs of research activities that are funded from a source other than the state or territory or provided in kind.
- ATTC Version 1.0 User Manual 2018
- ATTC Version 1.0 Fact Sheet
- Teaching, Training and Research Costing Study Final Project Report July 2016
Data set specifications
Hospital Teaching, Training and Research Activities National Best Endeavours Data Set 2018-19 (Metadata Online Registry)
Technical Specifications for reporting
Hospital Teaching, Training and Research Activities National Best Endeavours Data Set 2015-18 (Metadata Online Registry)
Hospital Teaching and Training Activities Data Set Specification 2014-15 (Metadata Online Registry)