Atlas 2017

The Second Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, released in 2017, examines 18 clinical items across four clinical themes: chronic disease and infection – potentially preventable hospitalisations, cardiovascular, women’s health and maternity, and surgical interventions.

Contents list and links

Chronic disease and infection: potentially preventable hospitalisations
1.1 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
1.2 Heart failure
1.3 Cellulitis
1.4 Kidney and urinary tract infections
1.5 Diabetes complications
Cardiovascular conditions
2.1 Acute myocardial infarction admissions
2.2 Atrial fibrillation
Women’s health and maternity
3.1 Hysterectomy
3.2 Endometrial ablation
3.3 Cervical loop excision or cervical laser ablation
3.4 Caesarean section ages 20 to 34 years
3.5 Third- and fourth-degree perineal tear
Surgical interventions
4.1 Knee replacement
4.2 Lumbar spinal decompression
4.3 Lumbar spinal fusion
4.4 Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
4.5 Appendicectomy

4.6 Cataract surgery

View the full Atlas

To make it easier to access the level of detail you require we offer a number of ways to view the full second Atlas and its findings:

•   Download the Atlas

•   View the maps and download the data using the interactive platform

Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation data set specifications are available at