AIHW Reviews ICD-11 – The global standard for disease classification
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has completed a review of the International Classification of Diseases 11th revision (ICD-11) to inform and assist decision-makers about its potential for adoption in Australia.
The ICD is important because it provides a common language for reporting and monitoring diseases. This allows the world to compare and share data in a consistent and standard way.
The AIHW is designated as the Australian Collaborating Centre (ACC) for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Family of International Classifications. The membership of the ACC is Australian and New Zealand organisations that have interests and experience in working with health classifications. The work of the ACC has contributed to the development of ICD-11.
ICD-11 contains 55,000 codes, compared to the 14,400 in ICD-10 and has been revised to better reflect progress in health sciences and medical practices.
The aim of stakeholder consultation was to identify all issues relevant to a potential adoption of ICD-11 so that, if or when, Australia decides to adopt it can start to prepare its relevant systems, processes and people for implementation.