The release today, by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care of the first edition of an Atlas of Healthcare Variation, is aimed at investigating and analysing health care variation across Australia. This first edition of the Atlas contains 37 items distributed across 7 chapters covering antimicrobial dispensing, chronic disease, mental health and psychotropic medicines, care of older peoples, surgical interventions, pathology and diagnostics, and pain management.
Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley, Chair Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC), welcomed the release and remarked that Australia’s health system is large, complex and some geographic variations are to be expected.
Professor Talley noted the release of the Atlas is the first time data key government databases have been used to explore variation across different healthcare settings.
The Atlas has revealed different degrees of variation across all six clinical areas. More research and investigation will now need to take place to determine why this is happening, and this presents opportunities for improving the healthcare Australians receive.
Professor Talley said the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is to be congratulated on producing such an important and valuable resource.
Professor Nicholas Talley via CPMC CEO 0437 227 422