The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation will be officially launched today by the Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt.
Exploring variation in care is one way of identifying whether people in different parts of Australia are being offered appropriate care – that is, care that optimises benefits and minimises harms, and is based on the best available evidence.
Among the findings in the 2018 Atlas is the observation that more work is needed to ensure appropriate prescribing of antipsychotics and medications for ADHD. A discussion of this information can be found in Chapter 5. Of particular interest are the recommendations for prescribing antipsychotic medication to people aged 65 years and over.
The 2018 Atlas is available on the website of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.