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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare is a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. The Australian Collaborating Centre assists the WHO with their efforts to support national and international health information systems, statistics and evidence. The collaborating centre is part of a network of collaborating centres that contribute the development, dissemination, maintenance and use of products that help categorise concepts in health and the health system.
The three core products that network is responsible called reference classifications and cover seven areas: diseases, health problems, body function, body structure, activity, participation and interventions.
The Network also look after other classifications that are either based on (derived classifications) or separate to (related classifications) these three reference classifications. Together, the classifications are known as the Family of International Classifications and the network of collaborating centres is known as the WHO-FIC Network.
These products are used in different ways across different countries. Tables 1, 2 and 3 below describe how the different classifications of the WHO-FIC Network are used in Australia.
International Classification of Diseases
ICD-10 2016 (current)
Mortality statistics (cause of death)
International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
ICF 2017 (current)
Measuring health and disability
International Classification of Health Interventions
ICHI Beta-2 2018
Classification under development, not used in Australia
There are a number of derived classifications in the WHO-FIC. Only the ones in use in Australia are shown in Table 2.
International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Health Related Problems, Australian Modification
ICD-10-AM 10th edition (current)
Morbidity statistics (disease)
International Classification of Oncology
ICD Mental Health
ICD Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders: Diagnostic Criteria for Research
ICD-10 : DCR-10 (file download)
No official implementation
Application of the International Classification of Diseases to Neurology
ICD-10-NA (file download)
Application of the International Classification of Diseases to Dentistry and Stomatology
ICD-DA (3rd edition)
International Classification of Primary Care
Maintained by: Wonca International Classification Committee (WICC)
Maintained by: Family Medicine Research Centre (FMRC)
Electronic health records
International Classification of External Causes of Injury
Maintained by: ICECI Coordination and Maintenance Group.
National Coronial Information System
Anatomical, Therapeutic, Chemical classification system with Daily Defined Doses
Maintained by: WHO Collaborating Centre for Drug Statistics Methodology
Drug utilisation research
Technical aids for persons with disabilities
Maintained by: International Organization for Standardization
Disability services data collection
International Classification for Nursing Practice
Maintained by: International Council of Nurses
Australian Classification of Health Interventions
ACHI 10th edition (current)
Medicare Benefits Schedule
A number of experts from the different collaborating centres, including those from the Australian Collaborating Centre, sit on committees to work on an area of the Network’s work plan. The current WHO-FIC Committees are:
The reference groups allow the Network to provide for more technical discussions and participation by a wider range of experts and interested parties. The current WHO-FIC Reference Groups are:
The Australian Collaborating Centre was originally designated by the WHO in 1991 and has successfully been redesignated since. The current head of the collaborating centre is Jenny Hargreaves, Senior Executive of the AIHW’s Hospitals, Resourcing and Classifications Group.
Members and observers from the Australian Collaborating Centres that sit on the various committee and reference groups can be found on the WHO Website under Committees & Reference Groups.
For further information on the work of the WHO-FIC Network or the Australian Collaborating Centre please contact the secretariat:
Secretariat, Australian WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre
PO Box 570
(02) 6244 1000 (International callers, please use +61 2 6244 1000)
(02) 6244 1299
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