Consultation Hub

Welcome to the Consultation Hub. This site will help you find, share and participate in consultations that interest you. Below you will find links to the consultations we are currently running.

Alternatively you may search for consultations by keyword, interest or status.  Once finalised, decisions will be published under Closed Consultations.

Open Consultations

Closed Consultations

  • Review of the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989

    The Department of Health and Aged Care (the department) has engaged Professor John McMillan AO and Clayton Utz to conduct a review of the Australian Sports Commission Act 1989 (the Act). The aim of the review is to ensure the legislation is fit...

    Closed 12 July 2024

  • Consultation Draft: Outline of the National Allied Health Workforce Strategy

    Australians need better access to allied health care to prevent and manage chronic conditions, and support people with disability, older people, people with mental health issues and children and families. The Australian Government is working with state and territory governments to...

    Closed 9 July 2024

  • Establishment of a National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program for in-home aged care services

    The Department of Health and Aged Care (Department) is undertaking an open public consultation on the establishment of a National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program (QI Program) for in-home aged care services. The QI Program aims to help people find information about the...

    Closed 9 July 2024

  • Online Survey - Development of national standards for counsellors and psychotherapists

    The Department of Health and Aged Care is developing national standards for counsellors and psychotherapists. The national standards intend to describe the experience, capabilities and behaviours expected of the counselling and psychotherapy professions. This includes education,...

    Closed 5 July 2024

  • Victorian RAS Workforce Survey

    The Department of Health and Aged Care (Department) has developed this survey to allow Regional Assessment Service (RAS) assessors to identify whether they would like to continue working as RAS assessors if their current employing organisation exits the market. Participation in this...

    Closed 30 June 2024

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

The Department of Health and Aged Care, in partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency, sought feedback to inform implementation of two changes to improve sharing of pathology and diagnostic imaging reports to My Health Record:

  • better access: introducing requirements for pathology and diagnostic imaging providers to share reports to My Health Record by default
  • faster access: removing the 7-day delay so consumers can see most pathology and diagnostic imaging results as soon as they have been uploaded to My Health Record.

You said

We received 416 submissions from a range of respondents including consumers and carers, healthcare providers and peak bodies.

Submissions have been published where respondents provided consent for this to occur.

We did

We reviewed submissions and prepared a summary report of key themes and feedback. Feedback is informing implementation, noting we will be undertaking further consultation as implementation progresses.

We have also established a Clinical Reference Group to support implementation by providing strategic advice and clinical oversight.

We asked

The Intellectual Disability Capability Framework drafting group asked for feedback about the draft Intellectual Disability Health Capability Framework in an open consultation from 3 -27 October 2023. We asked for feedback about the overall draft framework and asked for specific feedback about the following areas of the draft framework document:

  • learning outcomes
  • implementation guidelines
  • capacity assessment tools
  • terms and language.

This was the second consultation for this project (the first open consultation asked for feedback about the core capabilities). 

You said

Thirty-three submissions to the open consultation were received from a range of stakeholders including individuals, health services, peak bodies, education providers, First Nations organisations and groups representing and serving those with intellectual disabilities. A breakdown of responses is as follows:

  • 9 responses from individuals/consumers
  • 17 responses from organisations
  • 7 responses from section/teams within an organisation

The results showed that overall, 91% of respondents agreed that the learning outcomes were appropriate, and 67% agreed that the learning outcomes were measurable. In relation to implementation guidelines, 58% of respondents agreed that the implementation guidance for accreditation authorities was appropriate, and 70% of respondents agreed that the implementation guidance for education providers was appropriate. 67% of respondents agreed that the assessment tools were useful, and 85% of respondents agreed that the language used in the framework was appropriate.

Free text comments identified areas for amendments or emphasis in the draft Framework. Main areas that were identified include:

  • strengthening guidance around integrating intellectual disability into crowded curricula and accreditation standards.
  • the need to provide students with the appropriate placements to prepare them to meet the needs of people with intellectual disability.
  • disability awareness training for educators.
  • the need to acknowledge self-regulating health professions within the framework.
  • suggestions to simplify the capacity assessment tools.
  • proposed changes to terminology and areas for emphasis in learning outcomes.

Feedback also identified areas that will be considered in the next phase of the project, including resource development, evaluation strategies and communities of practice. This feedback has been recorded and will be used in the next phase of the project.

We did

All submissions were reviewed, and amendments have been made as appropriate. The following significant changes were made:

  • strengthened guidance about how educational institutions and accreditation authorities can integrate intellectual disability into curricula and standards.  Flexible implementation options were provided and examples of ways that learning outcomes can be integrated into existing curricula were added.
  • emphasised the need for appropriate placements to prepare students to meet the needs of people with intellectual disability and provided alternatives if no intellectual disability specific services.
  • emphasised importance of disability awareness training for educators.
  • acknowledged self-regulating health professions within the Framework.
  • amended capacity assessment tools and made them modifiable, so they could be further revised to suit the needs of each organisation.
  • updated terminology and glossary definitions as suggested. For example, diagnostic overshadowing was updated to a more contemporary definition.
  • Added a new learning outcome to emphasise the need to limit diagnostic overshadowing. The new learning outcomes is: “Limit diagnostic overshadowing by evaluating when presentations are attributable to health and/or mental health concerns rather than intellectual disability”.

Next steps:

The next stage of the Intellectual Disability Health Curriculum Development Project, led by a team at UNSW Sydney, aims to curate and develop intellectual disability health resources to support the integration of the Framework into accreditation standards and health professional pre-registration education curricula. The project began in June 2023 and will run for two years, with resources released throughout this time. This phase involves significant consultation and co-design with people with intellectual disability, and consultation with key stakeholders including support networks of people with intellectual disability, accreditation authorities, and the higher education sector. The objectives of this next stage are to:

  1. scope potential barriers and facilitators to implementation in accreditation standards and create a plan to support integration
  2.  curate a list of existing foundational knowledge and teaching resources and provide guidance around their use
  3.  identify and develop additional priority resources and tools to support education providers to implement the Framework. One such tool will support education providers to include people with intellectual disability and their support networks in the design and delivery of curriculum content.

We appreciate all the interest and expertise shared throughout the consultation phase and thank all stakeholders who prepared a submission.

We asked

We asked you for your experiences, views and perspectives of health practitioners working to full scope of practice in primary care.  

You said

We received 686 online submissions from people representing a wide range of professions and roles in primary care.

We did

The review analysts will now highlight the trends and key issues form the submissions. Together with the literature review, this will paint a comprehensive picture of the current state of scope of practice in primary care, to inform the next stages of the review.