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

Published 22 March 2019

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the March combined release of SNOMED CT® AU[1] 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.

Important Information

Quick Tips
Did you know that there are two different description types in SNOMED CT-AU? Every concept in SNOMED CT-AU must have a Fully Specified Name (FSN) and a Preferred Term (PT). The FSN is the full, unambiguous description for a concept while the PT is the preferred way of naming a concept in Australian healthcare settings and it is this term that should be displayed to a user. More information on the purpose of each can be found in Quick Tips in the Need Help section of our website.

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 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

Shrimp[3] 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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