Clinical areas examined

The First Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, released in November 2015, examined six clinical themes covering prescribing, diagnostic, medical and surgical interventions.

Contents list and links

Antimicrobial dispensing
1.1 Antimicrobial dispensing
1.2 Quinolone dispensing
1.3 Amoxycillin and amoxycillin-clavulanate dispensing
Diagnostic interventions
2.1 Fibre optic colonoscopy
2.2 Prostate biopsies 40 years and over
2.3 Computed tomography of the lumbar spine
Surgical interventions
3.1 Knee arthroscopy hospital admissions 55 years and over
3.2 Cataract surgery 40 years and over
3.3 Lumbar spine surgery hospital admissions 18 years and over
3.4 Radical prostatectomy hospital admissions 40 years and over
3.5 Hysterectomy and endometrial ablation hospital admissions
3.6 Tonsillectomy hospital admissions 17 years and under
3.7 Myringotomy hospital admissions 17 years and under
3.8 Hip fracture hospital admissions 65 years and over
3.9 Hip fracture average length of stay in hospital by peer group – 65 years and over
Interventions for mental health and psychotropic medicines
4.1 General practitioner mental health treatment plans
4.2 Antidepressant medicines dispensing 17 years and under
4.3 Antidepressant medicines dispensing 18 to 64 years
4.4 Antidepressant medicines dispensing 65 years and over
4.5 Anxiolytic medicines dispensing 18 to 64 years
4.6 Anxiolytic medicines dispensing 65 years and over
4.7 Antipsychotic medicines dispensing 17 years and under
4.8 Antipsychotic medicines dispensing 18 to 64 years
4.9 Antipsychotic medicines dispensing 65 years and over
4.10 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medicines dispensing 17 years and under
Opioid medicines
5.1 Opioid medicines dispensing
Interventions for chronic diseases
6.1 Asthma medicines dispensing 3 to 19 years
6.2 Asthma medicines dispensing 20 to 44 years
6.3 Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease medicines dispensing 45 years and over
6.4 Asthma and related respiratory hospital admissions 3 to 19 years
6.5 Asthma hospital admissions 20 to 44 years
6.6 Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease hospital admissions 45 years and over
6.7 Heart failure hospital admissions 40 years and over
6.8 Diabetes-related lower limb amputation hospital admissions 18 years and over
6.9 Stroke average length of stay in hospital by peer group – 65 years and over
6.10 Anticholinesterase medicines dispensing 65 years and over

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