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

Published 24 May 2019

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the May 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.

Quick Tips

Do you ever need just a simple format of the terminology to easily review a particular set of terms, e.g. adverse reaction types, procedures or medicinal products? The TSV files are the perfect solution! The ability to import a data file into the application of your choice e.g. MS Excel, is the only technical knowledge required. Each row contains the ID, fully specified name, preferred term and synonyms for every active concept of a particular reference set.

If using MS Excel, please follow the instructions on the download page to avoid inadvertently creating concept ID and description errors on import. You can search for and download the TSV files from here, after logging into the NCTS website. Viewing or double-clicking each reference set will display further information about the reference set.

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 2019 webinar series is continuing in June with the following topics:

SNOMED CT-AU and AMT subsets: Tuesday 4 June 2019, 10am to 11am AEST.
This webinar will go through an introduction to subsets; provide examples of subsets available from the NCTS and how to access them; and show how subsets can be implemented at a high level.

Principles of Mapping: Tuesday 18 June 2019, 2pm to 3pm AEST.
This webinar will go through an overview of mapping; give an example of mapping methodology; discuss considerations before starting the mapping process; provide examples and implications of using maps; and special tips when mapping to SNOMED CT-AU and the AMT.

Snapper:Map – creating maps to SNOMED CT-AU: Thursday 20 June 2019, 2pm to 3pm AEST.
This webinar will provide an overview of the features of Snapper:Map; creating a new map and importing source data; how to use the Automap feature; workflow for reviewing mapped rows; and mapping maintenance and other tips.

Keep a look out for your email invitation!

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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