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SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) June 2019

Published 21 June 2019

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the June combined release of SNOMED CT® AU1 and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website.

The Release Note is provided alongside the combined RF2 release files which are available as Full, Snapshot and Delta, in addition to the traditional combined release bundle (labelled "ALL"). To access the Release Note and download the RF2 files, select SNOMED CT-AU > Release Bundles from the ACCESS tab.

The reference sets are available in TSV format (containing pre-computed values for concept IDs, Fully Specified Name, Preferred Term and Synonym description only) and as HL7™FHIR® standard2 value sets (which may also be obtained via the integration interface of the National Terminology Server). To download the reference sets, select SNOMED CT-AU > Reference Sets from the ACCESS tab.

Important Information

Document Libary Update

The following documents have been added to the Document Library:

Quick Tips

What products are included in the Australian Medicines Terminology?

The current scope of AMT is all medicines that are available in Australia for the treatment of human patients. This includes:

  • registered (AUSTR) and listed (AUSTL) items from the TGA’s Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG);
  • additional PBS and RPBS items, e.g. dressings, diagnostics, nutritional supplements (although these are planned to be moved out of the AMT and into a different SNOMED CT-AU hierarchy in the future);
  • other medicinal items for human use and with national relevance as requested by users, e.g. certain hospital products.

Products typically out-of-scope of the national release include individualised medications, chemicals used within preparations (that are not registered as products), hospital repacks, clinical trial drugs, veterinary medicines, foods and nutritionals (non-PBS/RPBS), blood/blood derivatives and medical devices (non-PBS/RPBS), products not intended for direct human use.

The PBS/RPBS listed products, prescription medicines and external requests are prioritised ahead of over-the-counter medicines for addition each month. However, users can request the addition of any in-scope medicine(s) by completing the online content request form.

Each month we will be providing you with a new quick tip on the use of our products or navigating our website and documents with a link to further information (where applicable). If you have a suggestion for a tip, please let us know using the Feedback details below.

Education Sessions

The NCTS plans to schedule further live webinars throughout 2019 and all licence holders will be notified when these dates are made available. If you would like to register an expression of interest or request a specific topic, please contact us using the feedback details below.

Please also visit the webinars section in the Document Library to view the existing pre-recorded webinars.

Where can I find technical guides and other resources?

All SNOMED CT AU and AMT documentation, including technical and implementation guides, is freely available for download from the NCTS Document Library without registering or logging in. However, if you are a registered user we recommend that you log in before downloading any material so that we can better target our communications to you, based on the resources that you have downloaded.

Terminology browsers

Shrimp3 is available online at Search both SNOMED CT AU and AMT content, or browse the hierarchies by selecting the latest version of “SNOMED Clinical Terms Australian Extension” in the drop-down menu.


Development by the NCTS relies on the input and cooperation of the Australian healthcare community. We value your feedback and encourage questions, comments, or suggestions about our products. You can contact us by completing the online support request form, via email [email protected], or call 1300 901 001.

Thank you for your continued support.


  1. "SNOMED" and "SNOMED CT" are registered trademarks of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO).
  2. FHIR is a registered trademark of Health Level Seven International.
  3. Shrimp was developed by the Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC).

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