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SNOMED CT-AU and Australian Medicines Terminology March 2020 Release

Published 23 March 2020

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the March 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 Names, Preferred Terms and Synonym descriptions 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

COVID-19 concepts

The following COVID-19 related concepts - displayed below as Preferred Term - have been added to this release. These are in addition to those added for the 1 February release (for details see release note).


  • 1454661000168105 |COVID-19 Clinic and Testing Centre|


  • 1454651000168108 |COVID-19 serology|
  • 1454581000168100 |Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid COVID-19 nucleic acid assay|
  • 1454561000168109 |Sputum COVID-19 nucleic acid assay|
  • 1454491000168101 |Oropharyngeal swab COVID-19 nucleic acid assay|
  • 1454411000168105 |Nasopharyngeal swab COVID-19 nucleic acid assay|
  • 1454401000168107 |Home isolation|


  • 1454671000168104 |Recent travel to high risk COVID-19 region|

AMT Support Group meeting

The next meeting of the AMT Support Group will be held via teleconference on Tuesday 21 April 10:30 am-12:00 pm.

Further details, including meeting documentation and online discussion forums, are available to members via the AMT Support Group Collaborative Space.

Participation is open to everyone, so if you are not currently a member you can request to join the group and meeting by emailing [email protected].

Education Sessions


The NCTS, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority plan to repeat the Terminologies and classifications SNOMED CT-AU and ICD-10-AM use in Australia webinar sometime in the very near future - keep an eye out for the invite!

Further webinars will be scheduled during 2020; all license holders will be notified as soon as these dates are available. If you would like to register an expression of interest or request a specific topic, please contact us via the feedback details below.

Please also visit the webinars section in the Document Library to view 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, emailing [email protected], or calling 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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