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SNOMED CT AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) September 2017 Release

Published 29 September 2017

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

The combined RF2 release files are available as Full, Snapshot and Delta, in addition to the traditional combined release bundle (labelled "ALL"). To 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.


Changes to release schedule

From October onwards, we will be making our release available one week earlier than usual. This change aims to assist AMT implementers who need to process new medicines terminology for release to their users by the first of the following month.

The release schedule for the remainder of 2017 will be as follows:

  • Tuesday 24 October
  • Thursday 23 November
  • Thursday 21 December

Education sessions

Over the next few months, we will be running a series of introductory webinars, including:

  • Introduction to Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) – 3 and 4 October 2017
  • Introduction to the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) – 1 and 2 November 2017

Register here.

Where can I find technical guides and other resources?

All SNOMED CT-AU and AMT documentation, including technical and implementation guides, are 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.

Scheduled outages

Information on scheduled outages to the National Clinical Terminology Service and its related services (see below) is available at the Australian Digital Health Agency website.

Services include:

  • NCTS website;
  • National Terminology Server (NTS); and
  • National Syndication Server (NSS).
  • Feedback

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.

Regards, NCTS

  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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