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  • 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
    Opened 14 June 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
    Opened 3 June 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
    Opened 23 May 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
    Opened 20 May 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
    Opened 6 April 2022
  • Residential Disability Accommodation COVID-19 Winter Dose Vaccination Clinic - Registration Form

    Winter doses for residential disability accommodation settings can be sourced through a variety of channels, including primary care providers such as GPs and pharmacies, working with Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to identify primary health care in-reach options and Commonwealth in-reach. Where a disability service provider is not able to source a primary care provider to administer COVID-19 Winter Dose Vaccine, they are able to request an in-reach Commonwealth COVID-19 Winter Dose... More
    Opened 28 March 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
    Opened 9 March 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
    Opened 24 February 2022
  • National Rural and Remote Nurse Generalist Framework Consultation

    Public consultation on the National Rural and Remote Nurse Generalist Framework (the Framework) is now open. The intent of the the Framework is to describe the unique context of practice and core capabilities for remote area nursing practice, and rural nursing practice. The Framework is designed as a tool and guide and will benefit Registered Nurses in rural and remote practice settings, their employers, education providers, health administrators and nursing and midwifery... More
    Opened 17 February 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
    Opened 10 February 2022
  • Consultation Draft - National Medicines Policy

    UPDATE: The Department of Health is currently finalising arrangements for recommencing the NMP Review and further advice will be provided in the near future. Published in 2000, Australia’s National Medicines Policy (NMP) is a well established and universally endorsed framework that aims deliver positive health outcomes for all Australians through their access to, and appropriate use of, medicines. The NMP guides the range of activities encompassing... More
    Opened 2 February 2022
  • Prostheses List Reforms - Consultation Paper 2(a) - Modernisation of Part B of the Prostheses List

    The Department of Health - Prostheses List Reforms Taskforce invites submissions in relation to proposed improvements to the Private Health Insurance (PHI) Prostheses List (PL) as approved by Government and reflected in the 2021-2022 Federal Budget. The Prostheses List reforms - Consultation Paper No 2 concerns amendments to Part B of the PL, and it will be presented in two parts: 1- The present paper (2a) reflects the design stage of the reforms to Part B of the PL. It... More
    Opened 11 January 2022
  • Prostheses List Reforms - Consultation Paper 3 - A modernised fit-for-purpose listing process

    The Department of Health - Prostheses List Reforms Taskforce invites submissions in relation to proposed improvements to the Private Health Insurance (PHI) Prostheses List (PL) as approved by Government and reflected in the 2021-2022 Federal Budget. The Prostheses List reforms - Consultation Paper No 3 concerns proposed modern listing pathways, a contemporary fit-for-purpose process to be adopted for the PL which allows for applications of differing complexity to be dealt with... More
    Opened 11 January 2022
  • Proposal for a Cost Recovered Pathway for Medical Services Advisory Committee Applications

    The Department of Health invites submissions in relation to a proposal to introduce a cost recovered pathway for applications received from commercial entities seeking reimbursement decisions from the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC). This proposal is to introduce a cost recovered pathway for the following application types received, from commercial entities: codependent technologies (medical services and health technologies that... More
    Opened 4 January 2022
  • Strengthening Approved Aged Care Provider Governance Consultation

    The Australian Government is seeking your views about new requirements to strengthen the governance of approved aged care providers. Legislation being considered by Parliament will need approved providers to meet new requirements. We are seeking your views about how the following requirements should be implemented: the quality care advisory body that will report to the approved provider’s governing body the content of an approved provider’s... More
    Opened 21 December 2021
  • MDR Shigella - Scoping survey for public health laboratories

    This survey seeks to understand how Shigella is being tested for in Australian public health laboratories, and how antibiotic susceptibility testing for multi-drug resistant Shigella is being reported from reference laboratories to public health authorities. The following questions will be used to analyse the testing and reporting processes for MDR Shigella of each jurisdiction. The information provided as part of this survey will be identifiable at the jurisdictional level and... More
    Opened 30 November 2021
  • MDR Shigella - Scoping survey for public health authorities

    This survey seeks to understand how Shigella is being tested for in Australia, and how antibiotic susceptibility testing data for multi-drug resistant (MDR) Shigella is being reported to and used by public health authorities. The following questions will be used to analyse the testing and reporting processes for MDR Shigella in each jurisdiction. The information provided as part of this survey will be identifiable at the jurisdictional level and will be used by the Public Health... More
    Opened 30 November 2021
  • Towards a National Medicines Traceability Framework (NMTF)

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek initial input from medicine supply chain industry stakeholders about a National Medicines Traceability Framework (NMTF). This activity follows international developments in medicine track and trace systems, and the 2020-21 Budget measure: Improving Access to Medicines – development of Unique Identification framework for PBS medicines . The Department’s NMTF Consultation Paper highlights the rationale and contemporary... More
    Opened 29 November 2021
  • The Australian Cancer Plan 2023–2033

    Please visit our new engagement hub for the latest updates on the Australian Cancer Plan. Cancer touches every Australian in some way. Across Australia, health professionals, charities and other organisations are working tirelessly to care for and support people affected by cancer. Researchers are seeking new ways of preventing, diagnosing, treating and living with the disease in all its forms. And governments, policy makers and industry groups are developing plans,... More
    Opened 26 November 2021
  • Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan Survey

    The Department of Health is developing a 10 year plan for nurse practitioners. The purpose of the Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan is to describe a set of actions that can be taken to address nurse practitioner workforce issues of national significance and enhance the delivery of nursing care to the Australian community. The Plan will include 1 to 3 year, 5 year and 10 year goals. Development of the Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan will occur concurrently with development of the National... More
    Opened 19 November 2021
  • Consultation Draft - National Initial Assessment and Referral for Mental Healthcare

    National Initial Assessment and Referral for Mental Healthcare for children and adolescents Consultation Drafts - Survey As part of the 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government announced $34.2 million to expand and implement the Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) tool into primary care settings to support General Practitioners, allied health professionals and referrers to determine a consistent and appropriate level of care for a person presenting for mental health assistance,... More
    Opened 17 November 2021
  • Care and Support Sector Code of Conduct Consultation

    Please note: An Easy Read paper and an easy to read version of the questionnaire can be found here . The Australian Government is consulting in relation to the development of an enforceable Care and Support Sector Code of Conduct (the Code) applicable to providers and workers across aged care, veterans’ care and disability support. Through preliminary engagement with key representatives in the care and support sector, a draft Code has been prepared using the... More
    Opened 16 November 2021
  • Care and Support Sector Code of Conduct Consultation - Easy to read version

    The Australian Government wrote the Easy Read paper . When you see the word 'we', it means the Australian Government. We wrote this information in an easy to read way. You can ask for help to read the paper. A friend, family member or support person may be able to help you. The care and support sector provides many different: supports services. ... More
    Opened 16 November 2021
  • Aligning Regulation across Care and Support Sector - Consultation Stage 2

    The Australian Government is seeking to align regulation across the aged care, disability support and veterans’ care sectors. The 2021-22 Budget included a range of measures that form a short to longer term program of reform. The Department of Health, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission), the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC), the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) are working together to deliver on... More
    Opened 15 November 2021
  • PHLN COVID-19 Lessons Learned Survey

    This survey provides Public Health Laboratory Network (PHLN) members with an opportunity to provide feedback on their experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of this survey will be discussed at the PHLN meeting of 22 November 2021, and will be used to inform the development of the National Public Health Laboratory Strategy. Feedback provided as part of this survey will only be used for the purpose of PHLN discussions and will not be communicated further without expressed... More
    Opened 11 November 2021
  • New residential aged care design standards

    We want to hear from you about what is important in the design of high quality residential aged care accommodation. Residential aged care providers and stakeholders – how do design elements work for your business, your staff and your residents? We also want to hear about design elements that don’t work well or make it hard to provide quality care. Technical experts, including architects, dementia... More
    Opened 11 November 2021
  • AGPT Program GP Workforce Planning and Prioritisation

    General Practitioners (GPs) are central to health care in the Australian community. The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program trains doctors to become GPs. It provides full-time, on-the-job training for Australian and overseas-trained doctors who want to specialise in general practice. The Australian Government funds the AGPT Program. The program offers 1,500 training places in cities and regional, rural and remote areas of Australia each year. Doctors in the AGPT... More
    Opened 3 November 2021
  • General practice data and electronic clinical decision support - Issues Paper consultation

    The Department of Health is undertaking a two-stage consultation process to inform thinking around primary health care data and the use of electronic clinical decision support systems in primary health care. The two topics have been combined into a single Issues Paper given the overlap in stakeholders and links between primary health care data and eCDS in the broader health care ecosystem. The combined process will enable stakeholders to consider and share their views regarding one or both... More
    Opened 1 November 2021
  • 2021 CHSP Specialised Support Services (SSS) Survey

    Overview The Department of Health is working with Specialised Support Services (SSS) providers to ensure that this service type is still achieving the best outcomes for clients and carers, and to align these vital services to the new Support at Home Program, due to begin 1 July 2023. In late 2021, the Department of Health ran an initial SSS Survey which sought to better understand current service delivery and clarify the role of those services from 1 July... More
    Opened 26 October 2021
  • 2021 Survey for CHSP ACH Providers

    New face-to-face supports to assist people to navigate and access aged care were announced in the 2021-22 Budget under the Connecting senior Australians to aged care services measure. These will complement the existing My Aged Care website and phone line and will include a My Aged Care face-to-face service to be delivered by Services Australia and a network of care finders. A new care finder program will provide specialist assistance to senior Australians who need... More
    Opened 20 October 2021
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