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Title of the centre:
  WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classification

Director / Head: 
  Ms Jenny Hargreaves
  Ms Jodee Njeru

  Australian Institute for Health & Welfare (AIHW)
  Australian Institute for Health & Welfare (AIHW)
  26 Thynne Street , Fern Hill Park , Bruce, GPO 570
  (61-2) 6244 1101
  (61-2) 6244 1069
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Date of Designation:
Last Redesignation:
Terms of Reference:
  1. Promoting the development and use of the WHO family of international classifications (WHO-FIC) including: 1) the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) for mortality statistics, hospital morbidity statistics and hospital medical record indexing and contribute to its improvement in light of practical experience; 2) the International Classification of Functioning Disabilities and Health (ICF) and contribute to its improvement in light of practical experience and 3) other related or derived members of the WHO - FIC, including, as appropriate, national modifications in their specific areas of application and contribute to their improvement in light of practical experience. 
  2. 2. Promoting quality use of WHO-FIC classifications in data collections and data analysis by participating in quality assurance procedures regarding norms for use, training and data collection and application rules. 
  3. 3. Preparing teaching materials and organising and conducting training courses on the implementation and use of members of the WHO-FIC in Australia and WHO regions. Also, to contribute to the development of common international training tools and Internet-based applications by preparing translations and adaptations of the tools. 
  4. 4. Improving member classifications, both locally and through WHO structures by studying aspects related to the structure, interpretation and application of members of the WHO-FIC including those concerning taxonomy, linguistics, terminology and nomenclature. 
  5. 5. Contributing to the development of methodologies for the use of the WHO-FIC to facilitate the measurement of health status, interventions and outcomes on a sufficiently consistent and reliable basis to permit comparisons within countries over time and within and between countries at the same point in time. This includes the creation of comparable lists, correspondence tables and comparability studies. 
  6. 6. Developing the family of health classifications, its scope and criteria for membership and including new members such as health interventions, external causes of injury ad primary care. 
  7. 7. Supporting the work of the WHO-FIC committees and reference groups established to assist WHO in the development, testing, implementation, use, improvement, updating and revision of members of the WHO-FIC including: 1) Committees (Planning Committee of WHO-FIC; Family Development Committee; Update Reference Committee Education Committee; Implementation Committee; and Electronic Tools Committee) Reference Groups (Mortality, Morbidity and Functioning and Disability). 
  8. 8. Establishing networks with current and potential users of the WHO-FIC and act as a reference centre (e.g. clearinghouse for good practice guidelines and the resolution of problems) for information about the WHO-FIC and other health-related classifications including: 1) the availability, suitability and applicability of the classifications for different purposes; 2) coding practices; 3) availability of tools for implementation; and 4) data analysis and interpretation. 9. Assisting WHO Headquarters and the Regional Offices in the preparation of members of the WHO-FIC and other relevant materials in the English language and to act as a reference centre for that language on all matters related to the WHO-FIC. 10. Supporting existing and potential users of the WHO-FIC by establishing Memorandums of Understanding with WHO Regional Offices to assist the implementation of WHO-FIC classifications throughout the Region (for example WPRO, SEARO and AFRO) 11. Establishing agreements with other member states, for example New Zealand, to assist the work of the Australian Centre. 12. Presenting periodic reports of the Centre's activities to the annual meetings of Heads of WHO Collaborating Centres for the WHO Family of International Classifications. 13. Providing chairs for the WHO-FIC committees. 
  1. Classifications of diseases 
Types of activity:
  1. Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.) 
  2. Training and education 
WHO Outputs:
  Ower: 10.4 - Country health-information systems that provide and use high-quality and timely information for health planning and for monitoring progress towards national and major international goals strengthened.
Responsible Officer:
  +63 2 528 9835

Technical Counterpart:
  JAKOB Robert
  +41 22 79 15877
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
  Link to eWork