Clinical Terminology

Clinical terminologies are structured vocabularies covering complex concepts such as diseases, operations, treatments and medicines. Clinical terminologies can be used in clinical practice to aid health professionals with more easily accessible and complete information regarding medical history, illnesses, treatments, laboratory results, and similar facts.

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS), operated by the Australian Digital Health Agency, is responsible for managing, developing and distributing national clinical terminologies and related tools and services to support the digital health requirements of the Australian healthcare community. This responsibility includes being the Australian National Release Centre for SNOMED CT® on behalf of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO).

The NCTS terminology products, tools and services include:

  • SNOMED CT-AU;
  • Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT);
  • National terminology server;
  • National syndication server;
  • Ontoserver™;
  • Online browser (Shrimp1);
  • Authoring platform (Snapper2);
  • Comprehensive document library of resources; and
  • Hosted third party content including the RCPA Pathology Terminology and Information Model resources.

Please visit the NCTS website www.healthterminologies.gov.au to learn more, register an account, access and download products, request support or provide any other feedback.

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1,2 Developed by the CSIRO Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC)