What is SNOMED CT and why was it chosen?
is considered the internationally pre-eminent clinical terminology
and has been implemented in over 50 countries. It has been endorsed
by both the Australian and New Zealand governments.
Benefits of using SNOMED terminology:
- clear descriptions of concepts and unambiguous terms
- hierarchical nature allows for enhanced reporting
- standardised terminology, regardless of specialty
- allows data to be benchmarked internationally
RACS Reference set
SNOMED CT-AU (the Australian version of SNOMED) contains over
50,000 procedure terms, not all of which are relevant in the
The College collaborated with the CSIRO Australian eHealth Research Centre to
develop a surgical subset for use within MALT. This reference set
currently contains over 14,000 procedures and covers terms from all
RACS is working with the CSIRO and the Australian
Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to expand on the reference set
according to surgeon feedback. If you can't find what you're
looking for, just click on the 'Can't find your procedure?' option
when creating a case in MALT to send a query to the MALT team.
How SNOMED CT-AU is used within MALT
The RACS reference set of SNOMED CT-AU terms will provide one
list of procedures across all specialties. This means that surgeons
will be able to enter any procedure, regardless of their
For those that need to report to a Board (Trainees,
International Medical Graduates under assessment, and Fellows
subspecialising), 'Board reporting terms' are given a priority in
searches and are bolded to be easily found. You will be able to
record non-bolded terms; however, be aware that they will not
appear on any reports that are sent to the Board. There are other
reports available within MALT that do include these terms, if you
want to produce them for personal use.
The SNOMED CT-AU procedure list also enables access to the new
Peer Review Audit
features of MALT that have been built around this list.