The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, due for publication in late 2018, will examine variation in four clinical areas:
The Atlas series identifies variations in the use of health care by mapping use according to where people live. Each Atlas also identifies possible reasons for variation, prompts investigation for unwarranted variation and identifies specific achievable actions aimed at improving the appropriateness of care.
Consultation and Partnership
Development of each Atlas involves extensive consultation across the states, territories and Commonwealth. We are currently working closely with clinical topic experts, jurisdictional representatives, primary care experts, consumers and the private sector to develop the content and provide project oversight for the third Atlas. Members of the jurisdictional advisory group and topic expert groups are listed here.
The Commission has partnered with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
(the AIHW) in the development of the third Atlas. The AIHW is conducting data extraction and analysis, with data sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Database, Medicare Benefits Schedule Database and the National Perinatal Data Collection.
Thyroid investigations and treatments
Gastrointestinal investigations and treatments
Paediatric and neonatal health
Repeat Analyses in the third Atlas
In addition to exploring the four clinical themes above, the third Atlas will include a repeat analysis of prescribing behaviour by charting changes over time in use of antimicrobial, opioid and psychotropic medicines, topics mapped originally in the first Atlas.
Opioid medicines dispensing, all ages