Atlas 2018

The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, released on 11 December 2018, investigates healthcare use in four clinical areas: Paediatric and neonatal health, Cardiac tests, Thyroid investigations and treatments and Gastrointestinal investigations and treatments.

Healthcare areas and medicines examined

The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation investigated:

  • Paediatric and neonatal health
  • Cardiac tests
  • Thyroid investigations and treatments
  • Gastrointestinal investigations and treatments.

It also examines national patterns in medicines use over time for four common groups of medicines:

  • Antipsychotics
  • Opioids
  • Antimicrobials
  • Medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

A more detailed exploration of these data will be published in late 2019.

Contents list and links

Neonatal and paediatric health
1.1 Early planned caesarean section without medical or obstetric indication
1.2 Antibiotics dispensing in children 9 years and under
1.3 Proton pump inhibitor medicines dispensing 1 year and under
Gastrointestinal investigations and treatments
2.1 Proton pump inhibitor medicines dispensing 18 years and over
2.2 Colonoscopy hospitalisations
2.3 Gastroscopy hospitalisations
Thyroid investigations and treatments
3.1 Thyroid stimulating hormone tests 18 years and over
3.2 Thyroid function tests 18 years and over
3.3 Neck ultrasound 18 years and over
3.4 Thyroidectomy hospitalisations 18 years and over
Cardiac tests
4.1 Cardiac stress tests and imaging (exercise ECG, stress echocardiography, myocardial perfusion scans, computed tomography coronary arteries) 18 years and over
4.2 Stress echocardiography 18 years and over
4.3 Myocardial perfusion scans 18 years and over
4.4 Standard echocardiography 18 years and over
Repeat Analysis
Antimicrobial medicines
5.1 Antimicrobial medicines dispensing
5.2 Amoxycillin and amoxycillin-clavulanate dispensing
Psychotropic medicines
5.3 Antipsychotic medicines dispensing 17 years and under
5.4 Antipsychotic medicines dispensing 18 to 64 years
5.5 Antipsychotic medicines dispensing 65 years and over
Opioid medicines
5.7 Opioid medicines dispensing

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 Atlas and its findings:

Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation data set specifications are available here.