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:
- 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|
|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|
|5.1 Antimicrobial medicines dispensing|
|5.2 Amoxycillin and amoxycillin-clavulanate dispensing|
|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|
|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:
- Download the Atlas
- View the maps and download the data using the interactive platform
- View State and Territory summaries
Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation data set specifications are available here.