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  • 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
    Closed 9 July 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
    Closed 9 July 2024
  • Victorian RAS Workforce Survey

    The Department of Health and Aged Care (Department) has developed this survey to allow Regional Assessment Service (RAS) assessors to identify whether they would like to continue working as RAS assessors if their current employing organisation exits the market. Participation in this survey is voluntary, and completion of the survey does not guarantee any ongoing work or employment. There are no consequences for you if you choose not to participate in this survey. More
    Closed 30 June 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
    Closed 21 June 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • SSD Performance Report: 1 July - 31 December 2023

    Under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) grant agreement, Sector Support and Development (SSD) providers are required to submit a Performance Report to the Department of Health and Aged Care (Department) bi-annually. This performance report will be used to gather information that may inform future policy, allow for targeted consultation and analyse demand for services as aged care reforms are implemented. It is no t intended to communicate changes to... More
    Closed 5 February 2024
  • Public Health (Tobacco and Other Products) Regulations 2023

    Supplementary Public Consultation on the Public Health (Tobacco and Other Products) Regulations The Australian Government is undertaking a supplementary public consultation regarding graphic health warnings and health promotion inserts. Updates to these Regulations have been informed from public consultation on the exposure draft released on 31 May 2023 and also includes images of proposed health warnings and health promotion inserts. These Regulations will support the... More
    Closed 8 January 2024
  • Effectiveness Review of General Practice Incentives

    The Effectiveness Review of General Practice Incentives The Department of Health and Aged Care (the Department) has engaged KPMG to undertake an Effectiveness Review of General Practice Incentives. This includes considering the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and Workforce Incentive Program (WIP). This work is part of a broader effort to reform primary care funding arrangements. The Strengthening Medicare Taskforce Report made recommendations for reform of primary... More
    Closed 22 December 2023
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Advisory Committee Draft Report: Post Implementation Review of Telehealth 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... More
    Closed 6 November 2023
  • Modernising My Health Record – Sharing pathology and diagnostic imaging reports by default and removing consumer access delays

    In February 2023 the Minister for Health and Aged Care released the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce Report . The report recommended that the government: Modernise My Health Record to significantly increase health information available to consumers and their health care professionals, including by requiring sharing by default for private and public practitioners and services, and make it easier for people and their health care teams to use at the point of care. ... More
    Closed 31 October 2023
  • SSD Performance Report: 1 January - 30 June 2023

    Under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) grant agreement, Sector Support and Development (SSD) providers are required to submit a Performance Report to the Department of Health and Aged Care (Department) bi-annually. This performance report will be used to gather information that may inform future policy and analyse demand for services as aged care reforms are implemented. It is no t intended to communicate changes to SSD policy. ... More
    Closed 14 September 2023
  • Draft National Consumer Engagement Strategy for Health and Wellbeing

    A NATIONAL CONSUMER ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY FOR HEALTH AND WELLBEING: This Strategy is designed to strengthen partnerships between health policy makers and the community, as set out in one of the immediate priorities for action under the National Preventive Health Strategy 2021-2030. The purpose of this Strategy is to mobilise a person-centred prevention system by involving communities and consumers in preventive health policy design and implementation in order to enable and support a more... More
    Closed 4 September 2023
  • Public Health (Tobacco and Other Products) Legislation 2023

    We are analysing your feedback Visit this page again soon for the outcomes to this public consultation. Public Consultation on the Exposure Draft On 30 November 2022 the Hon. Mark Butler MP Minister for Health and Aged Care announced tobacco reforms. These reforms bring together current legislation and introduce new measures to reduce tobacco prevalence. The Australian Government is now consulting on the exposure draft legislation for these reforms. The... More
    Closed 14 July 2023
  • Volunteers in aged care survey

    Do you volunteer or work with volunteers in the aged care sector? Take part in our volunteering survey. Volunteers are an important part of the aged care system freely giving their time, companionship, care, and support. As part of the Australian Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Department is currently seeking the views of: all people who volunteer in the aged care sector, and all those who work with volunteers... More
    Closed 26 May 2023
  • IAT live trial learning pack - feedback survey

    A feedback survey on the IAT live trial learning pack. More
    Closed 28 April 2023
  • SSD Performance Report: 1 July - 31 December 2022

    Under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) grant agreement, Sector Support and Development (SSD) providers are required to submit a Performance Report to the Department of Health and Aged Care bi-annually. This performance report will be used to gather information that may inform future policy and analyse demand for services as the department moves towards the new in-home aged care program. It is not intended to communicate changes to SSD policy. ... More
    Closed 10 April 2023
  • MAClearning Content and System Feedback

    Share your views with us on the training elements and MAClearning System. More
    Opened 1 March 2023
  • Healthcare Identifiers Framework Project Consultation

    The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care (the Department) is consulting with stakeholders to identify opportunities to amend the Healthcare Identifiers Framework (the HI Framework) which includes the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010 (the Act), the Healthcare Identifiers Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) and the key policy settings for the Healthcare Identifiers Service (HI Service), through the Healthcare Identifiers Framework Project (the... More
    Closed 28 February 2023
  • National Dementia Action Plan – Public consultation

    We are seeking feedback to inform a National Dementia Action Plan. The National Dementia Action Plan is a joint initiative between the Australian Government and state and territory governments. It is a 10 year plan to put people living with dementia, their families, and carers at the centre of all action on dementia. The National Dementia Action Plan will provide a vision where Australians understand dementia – people living with dementia and their... More
    Closed 31 January 2023
  • Consultation on the draft Inspector-General of Aged Care Bill

    The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recommended that the Australian Government establish an Inspector-General of Aged Care, supported by an independent Office. The Inspector-General will play a critical role in driving improvement across the aged care system by: looking at it from end to end, calling out systemic issues and significant problems, and making recommendations for improvements, and providing increased accountability and... More
    Closed 27 January 2023
  • Consultation on the revised PBS Post-market Review (PMR) Framework

    PBS Post-market Review Framework The Department of Health and Aged Care is inviting stakeholders to provide feedback on a revised draft of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Post-market Review (PMR) Framework. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to engage and provide feedback on the revised draft of the 2022 PMR Framework. The diverse perspectives, experience and knowledge of all stakeholders is highly valued and will contribute to the... More
    Closed 16 December 2022
  • Independent Capability Review of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

    An independent capability review of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (the Commission) is being undertaken in response to recommendations 10 and 104 of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Mr David Tune AO PSM, former Secretary of the Australian Department of Finance, is conducting the review and will produce a preliminary and a final report over the course of the six-month review. The findings will be used to support... More
    Closed 2 December 2022
  • CHSP Survey about Employee Salary Costs and Employee Occupations

    Survey of CHSP Providers regarding Employee Salary Costs and Employee Occupations The Fair Work Commission is currently considering applications to increase minimum award wages for the aged care sector. The Australian Government has supported these applications with a submission to the Fair Work Commission and committed to providing additional support to aged care providers to assist with meeting the increased costs of delivering care that may arise from a decision in this case.... More
    Closed 30 November 2022
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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