In response to the first Atlas, the Commission contracted Barbara Schmidt and Associates as consultants to identify and describe successful strategies that effectively implement best practice primary and secondary prevention services for patients with chronic disease in remote Australia.
- Best practice primary and secondary preventative interventions in chronic disease in remote Australia (WORD, 903KB)
- Best practice primary and secondary preventative interventions in chronic disease in remote Australia (PDF, 862KB)
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.
- Antidepressant medicines dispensing 18 to 64 years PDF
- Antimicrobial dispensing PDF
- Antipsychotic medicines dispensing 65 years and over PDF
- Attention deficit hyperactive disorder medicines dispensing 17 years and under PDF
- Cataract surgery 40 years and over PDF
- Computed tomography of the lumbar spine PDF
- Fibre optic colonoscopy PDF
- Hysterectomy and endometrial ablation hospital admissions PDF
- Knee Arthroscopy hospital admissions 55 years and over PDF
- Opioid medicines dispensing PDF
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions regarding healthcare variation, the atlas data and how the atlas was developed.
Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation launch video
The Atlas was launched on the 26 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.
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.