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  • Consultation on the strengthened Aged Care Quality Standards

    The Aged Care Quality Standards help older Australians to feel secure and supported, give families confidence that their loved ones are looked after, and ensure that aged care providers and workers know what is expected of them, whatever their size, location or offering. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety highlighted that while the Quality Standards are a powerful tool to maintain and improve quality of care across the aged care sector, they required urgent... More
    Closed 25 November 2022
  • Vaccine Delivery and Inventory Management Survey - November 2022

    This online survey aims to identify vaccine supply chain management (SCM) practices within the various state and territory health departments within Australia. The reason for this survey is to identify commonalities (and differences) is each state and territory's supply chain process. This will then allow the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care to determine if there are any areas the holistic vaccine supply chain can be enhanced. For the purposes of this survey,... More
    Closed 15 November 2022
  • PHLN HIV Reference Laboratory Survey

    PHLN’s recently revised laboratory case definition for HIV has stimulated a review of laboratory algorithms for the confirmation HIV in many primary and reference laboratories around Australia. This presents an opportunity for optimization and standardization of HIV confirmatory testing approaches in Australia. The aim of this survey is to better understand: Current confirmatory testing algorithms used in HIV reference laboratories around Australia. Planned... More
    Closed 11 November 2022
  • National Health Literacy Strategy Framework Consultation

    The National Preventive Health Strategy 2021-2030 outlines Australia’s overarching, long-term approach to prevention. The aim of the National Preventive Health Strategy is to create a sustainable prevention system for all Australians, with a particular focus on the wider determinants of health, reducing health inequity and addressing the increasing burden of disease. This will help all Australians live in good health and wellbeing for as long as possible. The... More
    Closed 9 November 2022
  • Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy (EFC) Review – Interim Report

    The EFC Program provides funding for chemotherapy and other medicines used for the treatment of cancer that are administered through infusion or injection at public or private hospitals. Not all cancer medicines are provided through the EFC Program; some may be subsidised through other sections of the broader Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). The Australian Government is undertaking a review of the EFC Program to examine current EFC arrangements and the associated... More
    Closed 28 October 2022
  • Prostheses List Reforms - Consultation Paper 3(b) - Pathways for Applications to the Prostheses List

    In May and June 2022, the Department of Health and Aged Care held a series of virtual workshops (three in total) with key stakeholders and a small group of sponsors to seek input into the new listing pathways process to be used as part of the future Prostheses List (PL) model facilitated by the Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA), School of Public Health, The University of Adelaide. These workshops built on the information outlined in Consultation Paper 3 - A modernised... More
    Closed 28 October 2022
  • Redesign of the Quality Use of Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Pathology Program - First Nations Forum

    The Department of Health and Aged Care is seeking to engage stakeholders regarding the redesign of the Quality Use of Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Pathology (QUDTP) Program. The QUDTP Program provides funding to improve the way medicines and medical tests are prescribed and used. As part of the redesign, two proposed grant opportunities are intended to be delivered: Health Professional Education Grant Opportunity – focusing on educational... More
    Closed 25 October 2022
  • Prostheses List Compliance Strategy

    The Department of Health and Aged Care is seeking feedback from stakeholders on a proposed Prostheses List (PL) Compliance Strategy (the Strategy). The purpose of a PL compliance function is to maintain the integrity of the PL and its program. The proposed Strategy found at the bottom of the page is open for consultation via an online survey. More
    Closed 21 October 2022
  • Redesign of the Quality Use of Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Pathology Program

    Overview The Department of Health and Aged Care is seeking to engage stakeholders regarding the redesign of 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 redesign, two proposed grant opportunities are to be delivered: Health Professional Education Grant Program – focusing on... More
    Closed 19 October 2022
  • A New Approach to Regulating Aged Care

    The Department of Health and Aged Care is developing a new approach to regulating aged care (the new model) through a consultation process with the aged care sector , older Australians, their families and carers. The new model will provide rules and guidance for aged care service providers, outlining what they are obligated to do to ensure the dignity, protection and safety of older Australians in aged care, and that they are receiving high quality care. ... More
    Closed 10 October 2022
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Advisory Committee - Genetic Counselling Working Group Draft Final Report

    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. In 2021, the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) Continuous Review was established to ensure the MBS continues to support high-quality care, remains flexible, and stays up to date. The MBS Continuous Review involves... More
    Closed 7 October 2022
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Advisory Committee - Surgical Assistant Working Group Draft Report

    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. In 2021, the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) Continuous Review was established to ensure the MBS continues to support high-quality care, remains flexible, and stays up to date. The MBS Continuous Review... More
    Closed 7 October 2022
  • National Medicines Policy - consultation on the revised NMP

    Australia’s National Medicines Policy The Department of Health and Aged Care is inviting stakeholders to provide further feedback on a revised draft of the National Medicines Policy (NMP). Finalisation of the NMP Review was extended until after the recent Federal Election in May 2022. The Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon. Mark Butler MP has reappointed Professor Michael Kidd AM as the sole reviewer to complete the Review and provide a final... More
    Closed 27 September 2022
  • Consultation Paper on Private Health Insurance (PHI) Default Benefit Arrangements

    Informing the Private Health Insurance Default Benefits Arrangement study Ernst & Young (EY) has been contracted by the Department of Health and Aged Care (the Department) to undertake a study of private health insurance (PHI) default benefit arrangements (the PHI default benefits). PHI default benefits include ‘minimum’ and ‘second-tier default’ benefits, both of which are defined in the Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Rules 2011... More
    Closed 23 September 2022
  • Aged Care on-site pharmacists

    We are seeking feedback on the planned introduction of on-site pharmacists in residential aged care homes. Having a pharmacist on-site will give residents and their families confidence that medications are regularly reviewed, appropriate, and will provide continuity in medication management. This positive change for older Australians responds to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, Recommendation 38, and will be rolled out from 2023. The Aged care on-site... More
    Closed 16 September 2022
  • Final Report for COVID-19 CHSP Emergency Support (From Funding Payment to 30 June 2022)

    Overview of Reporting on COVID-19 CHSP Emergency Support Funding provided through the COVID-19 CHSP Emergency Support grant activity was a key component in the Commonwealth’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other unforeseen events. This Final Report is a standalone report that will ensure organisations meet accountability requirements under the Simple Grant Agreement. Your completion of this report should provide clear information to allow... More
    Closed 16 September 2022
  • Final Report for COVID-19 Aged Care CHSP Meals (From Funding Payment to 30 June 2022)

    Overview of Reporting on COVID-19 Aged Care CHSP Meals Funding provided through the COVID-19 Aged Care CHSP Meals grant activity was a key component in the Commonwealth’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Final Report is a standalone report that will ensure organisations meet accountability requirements under the Simple Grant Agreement. Your completion of this report should provide clear information to allow the Department to assess your... More
    Closed 16 September 2022
  • Consultation: Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

    About the Child Dental Benefits Schedule The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a national program funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Department of Health and Aged Care and Services Australia. The CDBS replaced the Medicare Teen Dental Plan in 2014 and provides children who are eligible for Medicare and who satisfy a means test with up to $1026 in benefits over a two calendar year period for basic dental services (refer to the CDBS Brochure at ... More
    Closed 25 August 2022
  • Proposed Changes to the Recommended use of Zoster Vaccines

    The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is consulting with stakeholders on proposed changes to the recommended use of Zoster vaccines for inclusion in the Australian Immunisation Handbook, with an intention to submit the recommendation to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for its approval under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. The draft recommendations and the rationale for the changes are outlined in... More
    Closed 7 August 2022
  • Ongoing consultation: Private Health Insurance (PHI) Actuarial Study on the Medicare Levy Surcharge and PHI Rebate

    Finity Consulting Pty Limited (Finity) are conducting the actuarial study into the effectiveness of the regulatory settings for the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) and the PHI Rebate (Rebate) announced in the 2021-22 Budget. The aim of reforms to the key incentives is to improve the affordability and value of PHI, participation in PHI, and the sustainability of the mixed model of private and public healthcare. Also, how these can be designed to support better value and outcomes... More
    Closed 31 July 2022
  • "Ngayubah Gadan" Coming Together - Cairns Summit Feedback

    Thank you for attending the "Ngayubah Gadan" Coming Together Cairns Summit. Please provide your feedback on the summit through this survey. More
    Closed 31 July 2022
  • Proposed changes to the recommended use of meningococcal B vaccines in people at increased risk of meningococcal B disease

    The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is consulting with stakeholders on proposed changes to recommended use of meningococcal B vaccines in people at increased risk of meningococcal B disease for inclusion in the Australian Immunisation Handbook, with an intention to submit the recommendation to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for its approval under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. The draft... More
    Closed 17 July 2022
  • Aged Care Webpages Review

    The Department of Health is reviewing the aged care content published on health.gov.au. The Aged Care Pages Development Survey aims to collate an understanding of how the content is found and used. More
    Closed 14 July 2022
  • National Strategy for Organ Donation, Retrieval and Transplantation Consultation

    The organ donation and transplantation sector in Australia has seen significant growth since the beginning of the national program in 2009. Although the COVID-19 pandemic impacted recent organ donation and transplantation rates in Australia and internationally, Australians continued to publicly support donation through a record number of new registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Register in 2021. In 2017, media reports highlighted concerns around inequitable access to... More
    Closed 3 July 2022
  • RAT Test Results Form

    Aged Care Rapid Antigen Testing Results More
    Closed 30 June 2022
  • Review of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program - Questions and Feedback

    The Australian Government’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program invites eligible Australians aged between 50 to 74 years to screen every two years using a free and simple screening test. The Program aims to reduce deaths from bowel cancer by detecting early signs of the disease. In 2020, the Department of Health commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to undertake an independent review of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. A Review Report has now been... More
    Closed 20 June 2022
  • Consultation Draft - National Initial Assessment and Referral for Mental Healthcare for older adults

    National Initial Assessment and Referral for Mental Healthcare for older adults Consultation Draft – Survey Caretaker notice: The Prime Minister has announced a 21 May 2022 federal election and as such the Department of Health is operating in accordance with the caretaker conventions. Departments and agencies restrict their activities in some respects during the caretaker period so as to protect the apolitical nature of the Australian Public... More
    Closed 15 June 2022
  • New accommodation design standards for residential aged care

    We want to hear about what is important in the design of high quality residential aged care accommodation. The Australian Government is working with senior Australians and the aged care sector to develop a new Residential Aged Care Accommodation Framework, including design standards. These will guide the design of residential aged care accommodation to help improve quality of life for senior Australians. Have your say Senior Australians, their families, carers... More
    Closed 20 April 2022
  • Consultation paper: Improving the Overseas Student Health Cover Program - February 2022

    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
    Closed 1 April 2022
  • National Tobacco Strategy 2022-2030

    The Australian Government Department of Health is seeking feedback on the draft National Tobacco Strategy (NTS) 2022-2030. The draft NTS 2022-2030 sets out a national policy framework for all governments to work together and in collaboration with non-government organisations to improve the health of all Australians by reducing the prevalence of tobacco use and its associated health, social, environmental and economic costs, and the inequalities it causes. All... More
    Closed 24 March 2022
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