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Release of Fourth Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation

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The  Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in partnership with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released the Fourth Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation which examines variation in healthcare use according to where people live. It covers six clinical areas: early planned births; chronic disease and infection; ear, nose and throat surgery in children and young people; lumbar spinal surgery; gastrointestinal investigations; and medicines use in older people.

One of the findings highlighted in the report included in 2017, about half (between 43% and 56%) of planned caesarean section births were performed before 39 weeks without a medical or obstetric reason, potentially putting newborns at unnecessary risk. And 13 to 19% of all planned caesarean sections performed before 37 weeks did not have a recorded medical or obstetric reason.

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