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  • Establishing a National Women's Health Strategy for 2020 to 2030

    On 2 March 2018, Minister Hunt announced at the National Women’s Health Summit in Sydney, the commencement of a process to establish a national women’s health strategy for 2020 to 2030. The Strategy will take into account changes in the policy environment, identification of gaps and emerging issues so that health system resources at the national and jurisdictional levels are directed at efficiently addressing the health issues that affect women and girls. The Strategy will... More
    Opened 10 October 2018
  • Health Star Rating (HSR) system - five year review

    Correction Please note that question 4.1.B (Sodium: preferred option) should read: ‘Decrease the maximum sodium levels used to determine baseline points for sodium to better reflect the range of sodium levels in the food supply’ as outlined on page 37 of the Consultation Paper, rather than increase (as noted in the table on page 57). The Health Star Rating (HSR) system is a voluntary front-of-pack labelling (FoPL) scheme that rates the... More
    Opened 12 October 2018
  • Pregnancy Care Guidelines Review

    This consultation is seeking feedback as part of a review of selected topics under the Pregnancy Care Guidelines. The topics included in this consultation are: Cervical length measurement to predict preterm birth Syphilis Chlamydia Cytomegalovirus Prolonged pregnancy Pregnancy Care Guidelines The Pregnancy Care Guidelines are designed to support Australian maternity services to provide high-quality,... More
    Opened 16 October 2018
  • Shared Debt Recovery Scheme - public consultation

    The Department of Health (the Department) has a responsibility to protect the integrity of Australia's health payments system through prevention, identification and treatment of incorrect claiming, inappropriate practice and fraud by health care providers and suppliers. In the 2017-18 Budget, the Government announced that it would be introducing legislation to improve Medicare compliance. When the announcement was made only 20 per cent of Medicare debts raised were being recovered.... More
    Opened 4 December 2018
  • Review of the Quality Use of Medicines Program's Delivery by the National Prescribing Service (NPS MedicineWise)

    The Department of Health (the Department) invites submissions to inform the Review of the Quality Use of Medicines Program's delivery by NPS MedicineWise (the Review). The Review is being conducted by Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO. Context The Australian Government funds the not-for-profit, NPS MedicineWise, to provide evidence based information, support tools and education services to health professionals and consumers to improve the quality use of medicines and... More
    Opened 7 December 2018
  • Streamlined Consumer Assessment for Aged Care

    In the 2018-19 Budget, the Government announced that it will design and implement a new framework for streamlined consumer assessments for all aged care services, to be delivered by a new national assessment workforce from 2020. The measure addresses an issue identified in the Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017 (Tune Review), that there is duplication and inefficiency within the current assessment process. A new assessment framework will streamline and improve the consumer... More
    Opened 10 December 2018
  • NHMRC Survey on the Gender Equality Policy Requirements for Administering Institutions

    With the release of NHMRC’s Gender Equality Strategy 2018–2021 , it is timely that NHMRC again reviews how Administering Institutions (AIs) are meeting the seven gender equality requirements in the NHMRC Administering Institution Policy . To avoid overly burdening AIs, NHMRC has streamlined the process for this review and responses will be submitted via this short online survey. Please note: NHMRC recognises that some AIs are members of Science... More
    Opened 19 December 2018
  • Developing the Implementation Plans for the National Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategies 2018-2022

    The five National Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) Strategies set the direction for Australia’s continuing response to BBV and STI from 2018 to 2022. Together, the strategies outline a framework for a high quality and coordinated national response to BBV and STI in Australia. These five strategies include: • Third National Hepatitis B Strategy • Fifth National Hepatitis C Strategy • Eighth National HIV Strategy ... More
    Opened 7 January 2019
  • Proposed changes to the recommended use of pertussis vaccines in pregnant women

    The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is consulting with stakeholders on proposed changes to the maternal pertussis vaccination recommendations 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... More
    Opened 10 January 2019
  • DoctorConnect Website Redesign Survey

    The DoctorConnect website is in the process of being redesigned and improved to provide a better experience for all users. The improvements will bring the website in line with the Whole of Australian Government Digital Transformation Agency Digital Service Standard . I f you would like to help us improve the website, please complete the feedback survey. More
    Opened 17 January 2019
  • Review of Tobacco Control Legislation - Update

    The Department of Health and Aged Care (Department) is undertaking a review of its tobacco control legislation in accordance with the Legislation Act 2003 to ensure it remains fit‑for‑purpose, is kept up to date and in force so long as it is needed. This review applies to these Acts and Regulations: Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992 (TAP Act); Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Regulation 1993 (TAP Regulation); Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 ... More
    Opened 18 January 2019
  • Managing Prudential Risk in Residential Aged Care

    Public Consultation The 2018 Budget included an announcement that the Government would move to strengthen the prudential standards in aged care to improve the financial management of providers and limit risk of provider failures. This would provide better protection to residents and further limit risks of triggers of the Bond Guarantee Scheme. This followed from recommendations in an Ernst and Young (EY) Review that proposed to make various changes to strengthen the... More
    Opened 1 February 2019
  • Safeguarding the Integrity of Australian Sport - Government Response to the Wood Review

    The Australian Government has a clear and bold vision for sport integrity in Australia, and is committed to ensuring Australian sport is appropriately protected in the rapidly evolving sports integrity threat environment . The reforms announced as part of this package will require strong and ongoing partnership with key sports integrity stakeholders in conjunction with the broader Australian public. The Sports Integrity Review Taskforce is tasked with implementing this plan and... More
    Opened 12 February 2019
  • Educating the Nurse of the Future - Independent Review of Nursing Education

    Professor Steven Schwartz AM has now submitted the final report to Minister Hunt following completion of the Review. The report will be considered by government and a plan for public release will be developed. There is no fixed date for the release of the report available at this time. An independent review of nursing preparation in Australia – Educating the Nurse of the Future was announced as a measure within the 2018/19 Federal Budget. Led by Emeritus Professor... More
    Opened 21 February 2019
  • Health Star Rating system - Draft Five Year Review Report

    The five year review of the Health Star Rating (HSR) system is currently underway. The review will consider if and how well the objectives of the HSR system are being met, and identify options for improvements to the ongoing implementation of the system. The review is being conducted by Matthews Pegg Consulting (mpconsulting), an independent consultancy. The review will broadly consider the impact of the system and, if necessary, how the system could be improved. The review will also... More
    Opened 25 February 2019
  • Have your say on the Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment Outcomes

    ‘The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has been commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health to investigate national reporting of treatment outcomes in the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS NMDS) . As part of this work, AIHW would like to consult broadly with the AOD sector across Australia.’ If you are interested in having your say and providing feedback, please complete a submission before 18 April 2019... More
    Opened 2 March 2019
  • Proposal for a new residential aged care funding model

    The Australian Government is the major funder of residential aged care in Australia. Since 2017 the Australian Government has been examining options for a new funding tool and system to replace the current Aged Care Funding Instrument. The Department of Health commissioned the University of Wollongong to undertake the Resource Utilisation and Classification Study, to identify and measure the drivers of resource utilisation in residential aged care and to develop a new funding model for... More
    Opened 14 March 2019
  • Establishing a National Action Plan for the Health of Children and Young People: 2020 to 2030

    On 15 August 2018, the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Forum on Inequities in Child Health in Canberra, the commencement of a process to establish a National Action Plan for the Health of Children and Young People: 2020 to 2030 (the Action Plan). The Action Plan will: build on the Council of Australian Governments' Healthy, Safe and Thriving: National Strategic Framework for Child and Youth Health, ... More
    Opened 18 March 2019
  • Review of the Practice Incentives Program Indigenous Health Incentive (PIP IHI)

    The Department of Health (the Department) is undertaking a review of the Practice Incentives Program Indigenous Health Incentive (PIP IHI). This review aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the PIP IHI to support general practices to provide culturally appropriate health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic disease. The public consultation process was finalised in July 2019 and included 26 written submissions from peak bodies and other... More
    Opened 4 April 2019
  • Draft National Clinical Quality Registry Strategy Consultation

    Draft National Clinical Quality Registry Strategy The draft National CQR Strategy aims to drive continuous improvements in the quality and value of health care to achieve better health outcomes for all Australians. CQRs monitor the quality (appropriateness and effectiveness) of health care by routinely collecting and analysing clinical performance data. A mature CQR can provide clinicians, health service managers, patients and other stakeholders with ongoing, risk adjusted,... More
    Opened 9 May 2019
  • Public Consultation on Australia’s Next Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2020 and Beyond

    Four years ago, Australia’s First National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy 2015-2019 was published. This Strategy, due to expire at the end of 2019, focuses predominantly on antibacterial resistance taking a One Health approach to address AMR across human health, animal health and agriculture. With significant progress and achievements accomplished in this space since this initial publication, it has become clear that we need to reassess and cultivate the objectives of our response... More
    Opened 7 June 2019
  • Residential aged care: Proposed alternative models for allocating places

    As part of the 2018-19 Budget More Choices for a Longer Life package, in principle support was provided to move from the current approach of allocating residential aged care places, to providers through the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), to alternative arrangements that support greater consumer choice. Prior to progressing to an alternative model, a detailed analysis of the potential impacts of such an arrangement on all stakeholders is to be completed. The Centre for... More
    Opened 28 June 2019
  • Head to Health Survey

    We're always looking for ways to improve people's experience on Head to Health. Your feedback will help us make Head to Health better! Note: all feedback is anonymous, therefore we are unable to respond. More
    Opened 10 July 2019
  • Natural Therapies Review 2019-20 Membership and Terms of Reference

    On 7 April 2019, the Minister for Health announced an updated review of natural therapies . The review will be led by the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Brendan Murphy, and be supported by the Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel (NTREAP). More
    Opened 11 July 2019
  • Public Consultation on Diabetes Products Subsidised under the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS)

    The Department of Health is seeking your feedback in relation to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). The NDSS provides subsidised syringes and needles, blood glucose test strips, urine test strips, insulin pump consumables and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) products to people with diabetes. To ensure the NDSS continues to meet the needs of people registered with the scheme, the Department is seeking input from Australians with diabetes and other members... More
    Opened 26 July 2019
  • Medical Research Future Fund: Mission for Cardiovascular Health Roadmap

    In 2017 alone, more than 100,000 Australians experienced a heart attack or stroke and cardiovascular disease was the underlying cause of 43,500 deaths in Australia. As part of the 2019-20 budget the Government announced a commitment of $220 million, over 10 years, for a comprehensive research effort focussing on heart disease and stroke. The funding, awarded under the Government’s landmark Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), will support Australian... More
    Opened 30 July 2019
  • Access to Products Under the Stoma Appliance Scheme

    The Department of Health is seeking feedback from ostomates and other stakeholders on access to products under the Stoma Appliance Scheme. More
    Opened 15 August 2019
  • Serious Incident Response Scheme for Commonwealth funded residential aged care - Finer details of operation

    Australians have a right to live free from abuse and neglect as a matter of human rights, current law and a reasonable community expectation. Older Australians also have specific rights and expectations when receiving Commonwealth funded aged care services. Following the KPMG report , Strengthening Protections for older Australians, Development of models and options for a Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) for Commonwealth funded aged care service providers in early 2019, the... More
    Opened 30 August 2019
  • Open consultation for the National Dust Disease Taskforce

    Background On 26 July 2019 the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer announced the establishment of a National Dust Disease Taskforce to develop advice on a national approach to the prevention, early identification, control and management of dust diseases in Australia. The Terms of Reference, provided below under Related Documents, set out the approach for the Taskforce and the scope of their review. These actions are in response to the emerging trend of new cases of the... More
    Opened 17 September 2019
  • National Dust Disease Taskforce - register your interest for further consultation opportunities

    Background On 26 July 2019 the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer announced the establishment of a National Dust Disease Taskforce to develop advice on a national approach to the prevention, early identification, control and management of dust diseases in Australia. The Terms of Reference, provided below under Related Documents, set out the approach for the Taskforce and the scope of their review. These actions are in response to the emerging trend of new cases of the... More
    Opened 17 September 2019
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