The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare is designated as the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) in Australia. The Australian Collaborating Centre (ACC) assists the WHO with their efforts to support national and international health information systems, statistics and evidence. The ACC is part of a Network of collaborating centres that contribute to the development, dissemination, maintenance and use of products that help categorise concepts in health and the health system.
The WHO-FIC includes reference classifications, derived classifications, and related classifications. The reference classifications serve as the global standards for health data, clinical documentation and statistical aggregation. They enable capture of the following health areas: diseases, health problems, body function, body structure, activity, participation and interventions. They include:
The other classifications 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 are used in Australia.
Classifications that cover the main areas of health and the health system. These classifications are maintained by the WHO.
International Classification of Diseases
ICD-10 2019 (current)
ICD-11 (release version)
ICD-11 (coding tool for release version)
ICD-11 (maintenance version)
ICD-11 (coding tool for maintenance version)
Mortality statistics (cause of death)
International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Measuring health and disability
International Classification of Health Interventions
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.
Classifications that are based on one or more reference classifications. These classifications are maintained by the WHO.
International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Health Related Problems, Australian Modification
ICD-10-AM 11th edition (current)
International Classification of Oncology
ICD Mental Health
ICD Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders: Diagnostic Criteria for Research
ICD-10 : DCR-10 (file download)
ICD Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders: Clinical descriptions and diagnostic guidelines
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)
These classifications describe important aspects of health or the health system, and not covered by the reference or derived classifications.
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
These classifications are maintained by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) and are governed by the rules set out in the Australian Coding Standards (ACS) volume of the ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS classification system.
ICD-10-AM 11th edition (current)
Australian Classification of Health Interventions
ACHI 11th edition (current)
Medicare Benefits Schedule
A number of experts from different WHO-FIC collaborating centres, including those from the Australian Collaborating Centre, participate in the activities of the Network's committees and reference groups to support the Network’s strategic work plan. The Network 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 Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications Australia is Michael Frost, Senior Executive of the AIHW’s Data Governance Group.
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)
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