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Development of the Fourth Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation

The Fourth Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation is due for release in early 2021. Extensive work is under way to analyse and interpret the data, with topic experts and state and territory advisors consulted on each of the topic areas.

The fourth Atlas will focus on 17 clinical items across six topic areas: early planned birth; children’s ear, nose and throat surgery; potentially preventable hospitalisations for chronic disease and infection; polypharmacy and medication management reviews; gastrointestinal investigations and treatments; and lumbar spinal surgery hospitalisations.