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  • Prescribed List Reforms - Consultation Paper 8a - Gifts, benefits and discounts reporting requirements

    In July-August 2023, the department consulted on several proposed measures related to compliance, assurance, and information sharing as part of the reforms to the Prescribed List. Among the measures, was the requirement for hospitals to report any non-financial gifts or benefits received, such as a device or product listed on the Prescribed List (PL). Stakeholders raised concerns and questions around the proposed measure. As a result, we are undertaking additional consultation... More
    Closed 13 June 2024
  • Prescribed List Reforms - Consultation Paper 8b - Alignment of amount charged for supply of a device with corresponding PL benefit

    In July-August 2023, the department consulted on several proposed measures related to compliance, assurance, and information sharing as part of the reforms to the Prescribed List ( Consultation Paper 7 ). Among the measures, was the proposal to align the amount charged for the supply of a medical device or human tissue product with the corresponding PL benefit. Stakeholders raised concerns and questions around the proposed measure. As a result, we are undertaking additional consultation... More
    Closed 13 June 2024
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Advisory Committee Draft Report for Open Consultation: Post-implementation review of changes to electrocardiogram (ECG) MBS items

    The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) is a list of health professional services (items) that the Australian Government subsidises. MBS items provide patient benefits for a wide range of health services including consultations, diagnostic tests, therapy, and operations. When changes are made to MBS items, a review is undertaken approximately 24 months after to analyse and examine the performance of the changes. This is called a post-implementation review. Post-implementation reviews... More
    Opened 13 June 2024
  • Victorian RAS Workforce Survey

    Your personal information is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles, and is being collected by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care for the primary purpose of this survey is to allow RAS assessors to opt-in to identify if they want to continue working as an RAS assessor when their current organisation might be exiting the market. Participation in the RAS assessor survey is voluntary and requires individual... More
    Opened 11 June 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, supervision, CPD and oversight requirements. The Department wants to hear from you on your experience as a counsellor, psychotherapist, consumer or representative. You can provide feedback via: ... More
    Opened 10 June 2024
  • Consultation on private health insurance chronic disease management programs

    The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care is proposing to expand the list of health professionals for which insurer benefits under Chronic Disease Management Programs (CDMPs) will be eligible for risk equalisation across health insurers. Specifically, it is proposed that practice nurses, nurse practitioners, and mental health nurses are added to the list of health professionals eligible for private health insurance-funded CDMP benefits. The department is also seeking more... More
    Opened 7 June 2024
  • National Rural & Remote Nursing Generalist Framework 2023-2027: Stakeholder Survey 2024

    Welcome to the National Rural and Remote Nursing Generalist Framework 2023-2027: Stakeholder Survey 2024. The National Rural and Remote Nursing Generalist Framework 2023-2027 (the Framework) was launched by the Assistant Minister for Rural and Regional Health, the Hon. Emma McBride, in March 2023. The Framework describes the unique context of practice and core capabilities for rural and remote area nursing practice and was created to support Registered Nurses (RN) reach their... More
    Closed 31 May 2024
  • Consultation on the Clinical Categories Review Advisory Committee Report

    The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care (department) is currently seeking feedback on the Clinical Categories Review Advisory Committee Report (Report). The Report sets out the evaluation outcomes by the Clinical Categories Review Advisory Committee (committee). Comprised of independent members with different expertise areas, the committee examined the Government reform of the private health insurance products, specifically the introduction of the clinical... More
    Opened 31 May 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 quality of aged care services, assist providers in measuring and improving the quality of their services, and support Government to make evidence-based policy. The Department is... More
    Opened 28 May 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 develop a National Allied Health Workforce Strategy, as recommended in the Independent review of Australia’s regulatory settings relating to overseas health practitioners Final Report . ... More
    Opened 28 May 2024
  • Scope of Practice Review - Issues Paper 2 Public Submissions

    This survey framework seeks your views on Issues Paper #2 of the Scope of Practice Review. Unleashing the Potential of our Health Workforce, Scope of Practice Review is being conducted in four phases between September 2023 and October 2024. Professor Mark Cormack is leading this intensive, independent review. Focused on health professionals who currently provide or have the potential to provide primary care, the Review explores the available... More
    Closed 26 May 2024
  • Train-the-Trainer Sessions - Feedback

    Share your views with us on the IAT Train-the-Trainer Session. More
    Closed 24 May 2024
  • Public Consultation of the Discussion Paper Towards the National Immunisation Strategy 2025-30

    The Department of Health and Aged Care is undertaking an open public consultation on a new National Immunisation Strategy for 2025-2030 (the Strategy). The public consultation is based on the document - Towards a National Immunisation Strategy 2025-2030 – which proposes a vision, mission, priority areas, and opportunities for action for the next Strategy. Through an online survey, we are interested in your views and responses to the ideas put forward in the... More
    Opened 22 May 2024
  • Minimum Stockholding Requirements consultation

    The Australian Government entered into Strategic Agreements with Medicines Australia (MA) and the Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association (GBMA) in July 2022. These Agreements included the Medicines Security Supply Guarantee (MSSG) designed to improve supply chain security for older, lower-cost, multi-branded medicines that are more vulnerable to shortages or supply disruptions. As part of the MSSG, a Minimum Stockholding Requirement (MSR) requires... More
    Closed 17 May 2024
  • 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 for purpose, meets contemporary standards and positions the Australian Sports Commission (the Commission) to deliver its objectives and meet current and future needs within the Australian sport... More
    Opened 17 May 2024
  • Consultation Paper - Improving the Overseas Student Health Cover Program - May 2024

    Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is health insurance specifically for overseas students and their dependents whilst they are in Australia. It includes coverage for medical and hospital care, ambulance services, and some pharmaceutical items. The Department of Health administers the Deed for the Provision of Overseas Student Health Cover . The Deed sets out the conditions in which registered Australian private health insurers signed to the Deed must comply with to offer OSHC... More
    Opened 9 May 2024
  • Survey of Persons Impacted by Incontinence

    The Department of Health and Aged Care (the Department) has engaged Healthcare Management Advisors (HMA) in collaboration with the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) to: ‘research incontinence in Australia and conduct an independent evaluation of Government funded continence initiatives.’ The Continence Policy and Research Project aims to help the Government set the policy direction for incontinence in Australia. It provides valuable data on the cost, demographics,... More
    Closed 30 April 2024
  • Review of after hours primary care policies and programs

    The Australian Department of Health and Aged Care is undertaking a review of after hours primary care policies and programs. The Review will consider the need for primary care after hours services, the current state of after hours service provision and successful models of primary care after hours service provision. This consultation process is open to the general public, however input is sought especially from primary care providers, including practice owners and... More
    Closed 20 April 2024
  • Quality Use of Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Pathology (QUDTP) Program - Stakeholder Forum

    The Department of Health and Aged Care is seeking to engage stakeholders regarding the Quality Use of Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Pathology (QUDTP) Program . The QUDTP provides funding to improve the way medicines and medical tests are prescribed and used. As part of the QUDTP Program, two grant opportunities are delivered: Health Professional Education Grant Program – focusing on educational (academic) activities for... More
    Closed 16 April 2024
  • Public Consultation - Review of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 - Impact Analysis

    In November 2019 , the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) endorsed an ambitious plan to reform the Bi-national Food Regulation System to ensure it remains strong, robust and agile into the future. A key element underpinning the reform agenda is the review of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (FSANZ Act). The FSANZ Act Review commenced in July 2020, and is a comprehensive examination of the... More
    Closed 10 April 2024
  • Consultation on the Condition for surgical guides and biomodels on the Prescribed List

    On 13 November 2023, a con dition for reimbursement was placed on 37 billing codes for surgical guides and biomodels listed in Part A of Schedule 1 to the Private Health Insurance (Medical Devices and Human Tissue Products) Rules (No. 2) 2023 (the condition). The condition is as follows: Prescribed List reimbursement is restricted to the use of the device in craniomaxillofacial surgery procedures involving insertion of an implantable medical... More
    Closed 25 March 2024
  • 2023 Influenza Vaccination Reporting for Aged Care Service Staff and Residents

    Reporting of residential aged care residents and aged care staff influenza vaccinations in 2023 As required under the Aged Care Act 1997, Accountability Principles, each aged care service must report the number of residential aged care residents and aged care staff who received an influenza vaccination in 2023. This important information will support future vaccination activities in 2024 and ensures adequate steps have been taken to protect residents and staff... More
    Closed 18 March 2024
  • Public Consultation: Feasibility study on options to limit unhealthy food marketing to children

    Australians' diets are currently sub-optimal, with the majority of people consuming inadequate amounts of core foods and too many discretionary foods. This has negative impacts on population health, including through increased rates of overweight and obesity and a range of associated chronic diseases. Exposure to marketing for unhealthy foods and drinks can influence food choices and dietary intake. This is especially true in childhood, when children are forming food habits and... More
    Closed 15 March 2024
  • Scope of Practice Review - Issues Paper 1 Public Submissions

    This Issues Paper has been developed as part of the Unleashing the Potential of our Health Workforce – Scope of Practice Review (‘the Review’). This independent Review focuses on health professionals who currently provide or have the potential to provide primary care, and explores the available evidence of the benefits, risks, barriers and enablers associated with health practitioners working to their full scope of practice. Full scope of practice means the professional activities... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • New Aged Care Act: exposure draft consultation

    On 14 December 2023, we released an exposure draft of the Bill for the new Act for public consultation. The consultation ran until 8 March 2024 , during which we sought feedback from everyone with an interest in aged care, including: older people, their families and carers aged care providers and workers advocates and representatives researchers ... More
    Closed 8 March 2024
  • Public consultation on 3 new staffing quality indicators

    Public consultation is now open on 3 new staffing quality indicators for the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program. Read the consultation paper , submit your feedback and get involved in co-design workshops. The new quality will increase the Quality Indicator Program for residential aged care from 11 to 14 indicators. The new indicators will focus on: enrolled nursing allied health lifestyle services. ... More
    Closed 5 March 2024
  • Consultation on a draft National Gene Drive Policy Guide

    In order to give proponents of gene drive technology greater regulatory certainty and understanding of the risk considerations, a new National Gene Drive Policy Guide (the Guide) has been developed. A copy of the Guide is attached below at the bottom of the screen and can also be found on the National Gene Technology Scheme website. Read the Guide. Consultation on the guide has now closed. More
    Closed 3 March 2024
  • Interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner consultation

    Have your say about culturally safe aged care for older First Nations people and the role of the permanent Commissioner. The Interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner Ms Andrea Kelly wants to hear from older First Nations people, families, communities and stakeholders about: the changes needed to support culturally safe, trauma aware and healing informed access to the aged care system for older First Nations people, carers, families and communities the statutory... More
    Opened 5 February 2024
  • Southcentral Foundation - Nuka System of Care

    South Central Foundation Webinar – Nuka System of Care Date/Time Thursday 30 November 2023, 9:00am-10:30 a.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time Intended audience Organisations and policymakers interested in First Nations health policies. Background South Central Foundation’s (SCF) Nuka System of Care provides medical, dental, behavioural, and traditional health care support services... More
    Closed 15 January 2024
  • Request for Revalidated Service 2023 - proposed changes - OCT 2023

    This form is to be completed if you wish to complete a request for a Revalidated Service for a client with the Australian Government Hearing Services Program. Please click the link below to begin your request. More
    Closed 10 January 2024
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