Release of Second Australian Atlas of Health Care Variation

The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges is the peak body for specialist medicine in Australia. We educate and train all of Australia’s future specialists.

Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley, Chair of the Council today welcomed the release of the Second Atlas of Health Care Variation by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Professor Talley said: “Australia’s health system is large and very complex, so geographic variations are to be expected. All specialist Medical Colleges support the intended aim of the Atlas to improve appropriateness of care for all Australians.”

Many of Australia’s specialist Medical Colleges are represented on the Atlas Advisory Group and their contribution has been evident throughout the Atlas.

Professor Talley said: “The Atlas provides an opportunity to highlight both the importance of examining variation and appropriateness of care, and the activities of the Medical Colleges that aim to improve health care use and outcomes.”

Professor Talley highlighted the issue of obesity as a key cause for some chronic conditions. He said: “Unfortunately the number of overweight and obese Australians has been steadily increasing over the past thirty years. The health system is under great strain treating potentially preventable diseases such as heart disease or diabetes. The obesity epidemic must be tackled to improve health, reduce disease variation and reduce the increasing economic burden on society.”

Professor Talley said: “The Commission is to be congratulated on producing its second iteration as it is a highly valuable resource.”

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