Infographics

The Commission has developed a range of infographics to help explain the key findings of the atlas for Primary Health Networks, hospitals, health services, clinicians and consumers.

Antimicrobial dispensing PDF

In 2013–14, there were 30,355,539 prescriptions dispensed for antimicrobials, representing 1,199 prescriptions per 1,000 people. This number was higher than in the United States, where 842 prescriptions were dispensed per 1,000 people in 2011, and almost double that of Canada, where 642 prescriptions were dispensed per 1,000 people in 2012–13.

Fibre optic colonoscopy PDF

In 2013–14, there were 589,748 MBS-funded services for fibre optic colonoscopy. The number of services was 30.0 times higher in the area with the highest rate compared to the area with the lowest rate.

Computed tomography of the lumbar spine PDF

In 2013–14, there were 314,033 MBS-funded services for CT imaging of the lumbar spine. The number of services was 11.8 times higher in the area with the highest rate compared to the area with the lowest rate.

Knee Arthroscopy hospital admissions 55 years and over PDF

In 2012–13, there were 33,682 knee arthroscopy admissions to hospital for people aged 55 years and over. The number of admissions was 7.1 times higher in the area with the highest rate compared to the area with the lowest rate.

Hysterectomy and endometrial ablation hospital admissions PDF

 

 

 

Cataract surgery 40 years and over PDF

In 2013–14, there were 160,489 MBS-funded services for cataract surgery for people aged 40 years and over. The number of services was 7.2 times higher in the area with the highest rate compared to the area with the lowest rate.

Antidepressant medicines dispensing 18 to 64 years PDF

In 2013–2014, there were 14,933,534 prescriptions dispensed for antidepressants for people 18 to 64 years. Australia ranks second only to Iceland using the international standard of comparison: defined daily dose (DDD) per 1,000 inhabitants per day (DDD/1,000/day): Iceland’s rate is 106 DDD/1,000/day and Australia’s is 89 DDD/1,000/day. In comparison, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average rate is 56 DDD/1,000/day and Korea’s rate is 13 DDD/1,000/day.

Antipsychotic medicines dispensing 65 years and over PDF

In 2013–14, there were 919,026 prescriptions dispensed for antipsychotics for people 65 years and over. The number of prescriptions was 7.1 times higher in the area with the highest rate compared to the area with the lowest rate.

Attention deficit hyperactive disorder medicines dispensing 17 years and under PDF

In 2013–14, there were 544,218 prescriptions dispensed for attention deficit hyperactive disorder medicines for people 17 years and under. The number of prescriptions was 75.0 times higher in the area with the highest rate compared to the area with the lowest rate.

Opioid medicines dispensing PDF

In 2013–14, there were 13,905,258 PBS prescriptions dispensed for opioid medicines. The number of prescriptions was 10.1 times higher in the area with the highest rate compared to the area with the lowest rate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions regarding healthcare variation, the atlas data and how the atlas was developed.

Atlas- Frequently Asked Questions Word

Atlas- Frequently Asked Questions PDF

Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation launch video

The atlas was launched on the 26th November 2015 at Parliament house.

Interview with Professor Anne Duggan

ABC Radio National’s Health reporter, Dr Norman Swan, spoke with the Commission’s Professor Anne Duggan about the findings from the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation.

Download the audio or transcript from this interview.

Sir Muir Gray: The third healthcare revolution

On Monday 30 September 2013, Professor Sir Muir Gray spoke in Sydney at a public lecture focusing on health reform and medical practice variation. Sir Muir believes we are in the midst of a Third Healthcare Revolution driven by citizens, knowledge and the internet.

Despite the significant clinical advances of the last 50 years, health services are faced with the same persistent problems: patient harm, waste, unwarranted variation, inequity, and failure to prevent the preventable. Health services are also faced with the new challenges of rising demand and resource constraints.

Watch this presentation online

View Sir Muir’s presentation slides (PDF 1.71MB)