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SNOMED CT-AU and Australian Medicines Terminology November 2019 Release

Published 22 November 2019

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the November 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® standard[2] 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

January 2020 Implementation Course Are you interested in gaining knowledge and skills required to implement a SNOMED CT enabled system? Enrolments for the next SNOMED CT Implementation Course, starting on Monday 6th January 2020, will be closing soon - on Friday 20th December 2019. To enrol, visit the Implementation Course enrolment page in the SNOMED CT Course Catalogue. Students must complete the SNOMED CT Foundation Course before enrolling, which can be started at any time - visit the Foundation Course page to find out more.

January 2020 Implementation Course

Update This update includes the addition of a revised reference set and also some information models that were missing from the .zip file available for download from the NCTS website:

Cytopathology: _* RCPA SPIA Gynaecological Cytology Reporting Information Model v1.0

  • RCPA SPIA Thyroid Cytology Reporting Information Model v1.1 Microbiology: * RCPA SPIA Salmonella Information workflow v1.0
  • RCPA SPIA Salmonella Reporting Information Model v1.0
  • RCPA SPIA Urine Microbiology Reporting Information Model v1.0 Chemical pathology: * RCPA – SPIA Chemical Pathology Terminology Reference Set v3.1_

Quick Tips

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Automated Downloads Did you know that you can automate downloads of the RF2 release bundles and Ontoserver binary files (pre-indexed versions of SNOMED CT AU that can be used by other Ontoserver instances) via the National Syndication Server? The NCTS specifications define a standard interface contract (based on the Atom Publishing Protocol and Atom Syndication Format specifications) for exposing this functionality within conformant terminology server implementations.

The first step to connecting systems is to generate a Client ID and Client Secret by logging into the NCTS Portal (using your [email protected] account) and navigate to My Profile. The Client Credentials panel can be accessed through a tab on the lower portion of the form. Click the Add button to generate a new System Credential – you will be prompted for a System Name and System Purpose. Note: if you are under an organisation account, contact the Responsible Person in your organisation to create these credentials for you.

Further information on enabling this feature can be found on the website under TOOLS, the NCTS specifications and the NCTS Guide for Implementers.

Education Sessions


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

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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