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  • External Committee Servicing

    The Committee Servicing project team is currently working on an initiative to research ways in which the External Committees associated with the Department are operating. More
    Closed 28 August 2013
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network Vote

    Due to the current departmental environment the CO Executive have called for a vote on the immediate future of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network (The Network). None of the options have to be permanent. If option 1 is selected the election process will be handed over to the Workforce Diversity team to manage and current CO Chair and Deputy Chair will become immediately vacant. If option 2 is selected, current CO Executive members are prepared to discuss... More
    Closed 30 August 2013
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines - Antenatal Care - Module 2 - diabetes chapter

    The Department of Health and an Expert Advisory Committee are currently developing Clinical Practice Guidelines on Antenatal Care (the Guidelines) on behalf of all Australian Governments. Oversight of this project is provided by the Maternity Services Inter-Jurisdictional Committee (MSIJC) and Community Care and Population Health Principal Committee (CCPHPC). The Guidelines are designed to support Australian maternity services to provide high quality, evidence-based antenatal care to... More
    Closed 24 February 2014
  • OGTR website Survey

    The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator is reviewing the content, design, navigation and functionality of the OGTR website. To help us do this we'd like your feedback. So that we can understand how and why you use the website and what your information needs are, we are inviting you to complete this short survey. It should only take 10 minutes of your time. Your participation is very valuable to us. Thank you for participating in this survey. More
    Closed 4 April 2014
  • Call for Submissions: National Review of Existing Mental Health Programmes and Services

    THE 2014 NATIONAL REVIEW OF MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES AND SERVICES The Australian Government has asked the National Mental Health Commission to review how effectively Australia responds to the needs of people living with mental health problems and those who support them. The Review will examine existing mental health services and programmes across the government, private and non-government sectors. You can find the Terms of Reference here. This call for submissions will inform our... More
    Closed 14 April 2014
  • Indigenous Leadership Programme Evaluation

    Thank you for participating in the Indigenous Leadership Programme on the 2-3 December. To ensure we evaluate the success of the programme and meet your needs for further career development initiatives, we invite you to complete this survey. More
    Closed 12 December 2014
  • The Australian Immunisation Handbook, 10th edition - 2015 Update

    Preamble The purpose of The Australian Immunisation Handbook (The Handbook) is to provide clinical guidelines for health professionals on the safest and most effective use of vaccines in their practice. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has developed draft updates to some chapters of The Handbook (10th edition) in which there are new recommendations or changes to existing clinical advice. These updates will be included in the 2015 annual update of The... More
    Closed 16 January 2015
  • Australian National Diabetes Strategy Public Online Consultation

    The new Australian National Diabetes Strategy seeks to prioritise Australia's response to diabetes, and to identify approaches to reduce the impact of diabetes in the community. Developing a new Australian National Diabetes Strategy provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate current approaches to diabetes services and care; consider the role of governments at all levels, as well as other stakeholders; evaluate whether current efforts and investments align with identified needs; maximise... More
    Closed 31 May 2015
  • Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Identifiers: Legislation Discussion Paper

    The Australian Government is proposing changes to the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system, including renaming it the My Health Record system, and the Healthcare Identifiers Service, in response to reviews of each system undertaken in 2013. The Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Identifiers: Legislation Discussion Paper outlines proposed changes to the legislative frameworks of the PCEHR system and Healthcare Identifiers Service that would support the... More
    Closed 24 June 2015
  • 2014-15 Stakeholder Engagement Plan

    To inform development of our 2015-16 stakeholder engagement plan, the Office is seeking your feedback on our engagement last year (2014-15), as well as advice on improvements the Office can consider. More
    Closed 9 October 2015
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce Consultation

    As part of the Australian Government’s Healthier Medicare initiative, the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce is undertaking a review of the entire MBS to ensure it reflects current best clinical practice and promotes the provision of health services that improve health outcomes. The MBS has more than 5,700 services listed, most of which have never been subject to evidence-based assessment. The Review is clinician led and is looking at opportunities for reform of the MBS over... More
    Closed 9 November 2015
  • 2006 Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand - A Review of Nutrient Reference Values for Fluoride, Iodine and Sodium - Online Consultation

    The Department of Health in collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Health are undertaking a review of three nutrient reference values (fluoride, iodine and sodium) from the 2006 Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand. Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) are a set of recommendations for nutritional intake based on currently available scientific knowledge, and set according to age, sex and life stages. Further information on the 2006 Nutrient... More
    Closed 11 December 2015
  • National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals

    Preamble The National Immunisation Committee (NIC) Immunisation Provider Competency Working Group (IPCWG) has undertaken a review of the 2001 National Guidelines for Immunisation Education for Registered Nurses and Midwives (the National Guidelines) to develop the draft National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals (the draft Framework). The purpose of this review was to improve national consistency in core standards for practice and training and assessment for... More
    Closed 22 January 2016
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule Review – Obsolete Items – Tranche #1

    Introduction On 22 April 2015, the Australian Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, announced the formation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce (the Taskforce) and the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG), as part of the Government’s Healthier Medicare initiative . The Taskforce will review the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) in its entirety, considering individual items as well as the rules and legislation governing their application. The... More
    Closed 8 February 2016
  • The Australian Immunisation Handbook - Yellow Fever Chapter Update

    Overview Preamble The purpose of The Australian Immunisation Handbook, 10 th edition (The Handbook) is to provide clinical guidelines for health professionals on the safest and most effective use of vaccines in their practice. A review of the Yellow Fever chapter of The Handbook has been conducted to update the advice on booster vaccination. This review was prompted by a change to International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 to reflect that an International Certificate of Vaccination... More
    Closed 12 February 2016
  • Pharmacy Trial Program

    The Australian Government recognises the important role that the pharmacy profession can play in primary care and in improving patient health outcomes. Primary health care plays an important role in broader population health. Primary health care providers, whether general practitioners, allied health professionals, Aboriginal health workers, nurses, pharmacists or other providers all play an important role in health promotion, prevention of chronic disease, risk assessment and early... More
    Closed 29 April 2016
  • Medical Research Future Fund consultation for the development of the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy and related Priorities

    This phase of the consultation process is now closed. The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board held its first meeting at Parliament House on 4 May 2016. Under the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015, the Advisory Board is tasked with determining the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy (Strategy) and related Priorities. The Strategy is determined every five years and the Priorities every two years. Members of the Advisory Board want to work with the community to... More
    Closed 6 June 2016
  • Consultation on the draft National Aged Care Advocacy Framework

    This consultation period is being extended to 28 October 2016. Gathering stakeholder perspectives in the development of the National Aged Care Advocacy Framework is key to ensuring that the delivery of future aged care advocacy services continue to provide effective support to aged care consumers, including supporting them to have increased choice and control. An extension to the consultation period will ensure stakeholders have an opportunity to play a significant role in the... More
    Closed 28 October 2016
  • Consultation on the Aged Care Legislated Review

    As part of the changes announced in 2012, a comprehensive review was included in the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Act 2013 (the Act). The Aged Care Legislated Review (the Review) will look at the impact of the changes to date and where we need to take the system in the future. On 22 September 2016, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AO MP announced the appointment of Mr David Tune AO PSM to lead the Review. Opportunity to have your say Comments... More
    Closed 4 December 2016
  • Review of Australia’s health system performance information and reporting frameworks

    The review of Australia’s health system performance information and reporting frameworks has been commissioned by the Department of Health, on behalf of the Australia Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC). The purpose of the review is to identify how AHMAC can modernise, strengthen and rationalise Australia’s health system performance information and reporting frameworks. More
    Closed 17 February 2017
  • Implementing a Ban on Cosmetic Testing on Animals

    The Australian Government has announced its commitment to implement a ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals. This commitment recognises the strong view of many Australians on this issue, and brings Australia into line with similar bans implemented in other countries. In fulfilling this commitment the Australian Government will continue to maintain Australia’s high standards in protecting public health, worker safety and the environment and ensure that any adverse impacts on... More
    Closed 31 March 2017
  • Single Aged Care Quality Framework - Draft Aged Care Quality Standards

    The Australian Government is committed to the quality of care of older people and considers the health, safety and welfare of aged care recipients a high priority. As part of reforms to the aged care system, the government is developing an end-to-end, market-based system with the sector, where competition and ultimately the consumer, drives quality. This includes a Single Aged Care Quality Framework with: a single set of aged care standards for all aged care services a... More
    Closed 21 April 2017
  • Single Aged Care Quality Framework - Options for assessing performance against aged care quality standards

    The Australian Government is committed to the quality of care of older people and considers the health, safety and welfare of aged care recipients a high priority. As part of reforms to the aged care system, the government is developing an end-to-end, market-based system with the sector, where competition and ultimately the consumer, drives quality. This includes a Single Aged Care Quality Framework with: a single set of aged care standards for all aged care services a... More
    Closed 21 April 2017
  • The National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy Review Survey

    The Australian Government released the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Ageing and Aged Care Strategy (the LGBTI Strategy) to respond to the needs of older LGBTI peoples and better support the aged care sector to deliver care that is sensitive and appropriate. Comments are now being sought on the Review of the LGBTI Strategy and the development of the Aged Care Diversity Framework. The Strategy will be replaced by a broader Diversity Framework... More
    Closed 28 April 2017
  • The National CALD Ageing and Aged Care Strategy Review Survey

    The Australian Government released the National Ageing and Aged Care Strategy for People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Backgrounds (the CALD Strategy) to respond to the needs of older people from CALD backgrounds and better support the aged care sector to deliver care that is sensitive and appropriate to their diverse needs. Comments are now being sought on the Review of the CALD Strategy and the development of the Diversity Framework. The CALD Strategy is going... More
    Closed 28 April 2017
  • Social and Cultural Determinants of Indigenous Health

    The Department of Health is inviting submissions from organisations and individuals on the social and cultural determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Health outcomes for individuals are the result of a complex interaction between biological factors and the social and cultural circumstances which shape people's lives. These operate as both barriers and enablers to health and social and emotional wellbeing. Between one-third and one-half of the health gap between... More
    Closed 5 May 2017
  • Budget staff briefing event feedback

    Thank you to all staff who attended, in person or virtually, the staff budget briefing on Wednesday 10 March at 10:30 am. We used Live Stream to bring you the briefing and Poll Everywhere to capture your questions and voting on questions for the Secretary. What did you think of both the Live Stream and Poll Everywhere? Please tell us through this survey. It will help us to improve the service in future. Could you please respond by cob Friday 26 May. Thank you. More
    Closed 26 May 2017
  • Development of the Aged Care Diversity Framework

    Developing an Aged Care Diversity Framework The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, has asked the Department of Health to co-design an Aged Care Diversity Framework (the Framework) by December 2017. To inform development of the Framework the Minister has established an Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-Group. The purpose of this paper is to seek input and feedback from a variety of stakeholders to inform early developmental work on the... More
    Closed 26 June 2017
  • The form of the food ('as prepared') rules for the Health Star Rating system

    Introduction The Health Star Rating (HSR) Advisory Committee (HSRAC), responsible for overseeing the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the HSR system, is reappraising the form of the food (‘as prepared’) rules in The Guide for Industry to the HSR Calculator . On 28 April 2017 the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) noted suggestions from stakeholders to improve the HSR system, including the ‘as prepared’ rules, and asked the HSRAC... More
    Closed 30 June 2017
  • Pharmacy Review - Submissions to the Interim Report

    Submit your response to the Interim Report The Panel for the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation welcomes feedback on the reform options presented in its Interim Report. The issues contained in the Interim Report are complex, with the potential to impact significantly on community pharmacy. For this reason, the Panel invites you to provide any feedback on the proposed options and new information that may warrant consideration as the Panel deliberates on its Final Report.... More
    Closed 23 July 2017
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