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SNOMED CT-AU and Australian Medicines Terminology August 2019 Release

Published 26 August 2019

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the August 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 Library Update

The following documents have been added to the Document Library:

Please refer to the NCTS Document Library Release Note v2.16 in Recent Updates for further details.

Quick Tips

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.

Shrimp Terminology Browser The Shrimp3 terminology browser is a free online tool for searching and exploring SNOMED CT-AU and the AMT. Here are our quick tips to finding your concept:

  • If you have created a bookmark and want to access the current data by default every time, ensure the URL is
  • Use the third drop-down filter (just above the search bar) to restrict your search to a reference set, which is especially useful when searching for an AMT product.
  • The search bar accepts partial words (at least 3 characters) in any order regardless of capitalisation, supports synonyms, and recognises SNOMED identifiers.
  • Only the top 100 results are returned – type in more search terms to narrow down the list.
  • Inactive concepts appear in yellow – when selected, scroll down to view the properties, there will often be suggested alternative active concepts.
  • “Can’t find the concept?” will direct you to the Online Submission Form to request missing concepts or synonyms that will help with searching.

For a more detailed overview of the browser, download the Shrimp terminology browser – searching SNOMED CT-AU presentation or watch the demo on the Australian Digital Health Agency YouTube channel.

Education Sessions


The webinar series will recommence in September with the following topics:

The NCTS plans to schedule further live webinars throughout 2019; 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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