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.


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.

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.