The National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) at The University of Sydney is Australia’s leading centre of expertise in health classification systems and their applications.

Until 30 June 2019, NCCH had been contracted by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) to develop and maintain ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS. NCCH collaborates with the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) in organising the annual National HIMAA and NCCH conference.

The team at NCCH consists of Australia’s top experts in health classifications and we can assist in the development, implementation and use of classifications for multiple purposes.

NCCH is also an active participant in the World Health Organization Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) Network through the Australian Collaborating Centre and has significantly contributed to the development of ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (ICD-11 MMS) and the International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI).

NCCH expertise includes:

Classification systems

  • Classification development, implementation and use
  • Clinical knowledge of diseases and other health conditions
  • Clinical knowledge of health interventions
  • Activity based funding/casemix
  • Functioning and disability classification
  • Primary care
  • Classification research
  • Classification education and implementation
  • Health classification publishing
  • Bridge/coding maps – between classifications

Health Classification Education

NCCH designs and delivers health classification education and training for industry needs. We have assisted a range of international clients in adopting the Australian Classification System package including New Zealand, Ireland
and Singapore.

Fundamentals of Morbidity Coding

Fundamentals of Morbidity Coding presents a core understanding of how to classify diseases and procedures using ICD-10-AM, ACHI and the application of the Australian Coding Standards (ACS).

Further information


NCCH encourages research in classification development and use, including the strengths, limitations and interpretation of coded health data. Proposals for research leading to the award of higher degrees are encouraged.

Several significant pieces of research have been undertaken by higher degree students.