A new platform to explore Australia’s healthcare variation

A new online interactive tool allows users to explore data in the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation (the atlas) in more detail, zooming in on maps and comparing data.

Compiled by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, the atlas presents a clear picture of substantial variation in health care use across Australia, across areas such as antibiotic prescribing, surgical, mental health and diagnostic services.

An easy-to-use interactive version of the atlas is now available, making it easier than ever to see results for specific areas and how they compare nationally.

Atlas Advisory Group Chair Professor Anne Duggan said the atlas was an invaluable source of information and a catalyst for action aimed at improving people’s health care and outcomes across Australia.

“The new interactive version of the atlas gives us the opportunity to really interrogate the detail of the data in the atlas, with pop-ups that show local area information, graphs and figures,” Professor Duggan said.

“Maps in the online interactive atlas provide overlays of Primary Health Network and Local Hospital Network boundaries, and you can manipulate the maps, zoom in and out, move across the maps and explore the data behind them in a variety of ways.”

Professor Duggan said the online interactive atlas would prove an invaluable tool for health managers, clinicians, academics and others focused on quality improvement efforts, as they could study the variation documented in the atlas and apply that information to improving the appropriateness of care for populations and individuals in Australia.

The online interactive atlas provides users with a platform to interact and engage with the content and data in the atlas and makes data available in easy-to-download formats. It provides access to the full content of the original published version, launched in November 2015.

To use the online interactive atlas, visit: www.safetyandquality.gov.au/atlas

Media enquiries

Sharene Chatfield, Communications Manager, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, (02) 9126 3611 or sharene.chatfield@safetyandquality.gov.au

Aimee Cornelius, Communications Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, (02) 9126 3617 or aimee.cornelius@safetyandquality.gov.au

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is an Australian Government agency that leads and coordinates national improvements in the safety and quality of health care based on the best available evidence. By working in partnership with patients, consumers, clinicians, managers, policy makers and health care organisations, our aim is to achieve a sustainable, safe and high-quality health system. As a result of its work, the Commission has an ongoing program of significant national activity with outcomes that are demonstrating direct patient benefit as well as creating essential underpinnings for ongoing improvement. The Commission aims to use its role as the national body for safety and quality in health care in Australia to ensure that the health system is better informed, supported and organised to deliver safe and high quality care.