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  • Southcentral Foundation - Nuka System of Care

    South Central Foundation Webinar – Nuka System of Care Date/Time Thursday 30 November 2023, 9:00am-10:30 a.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time Intended audience Organisations and policymakers interested in First Nations health policies. Background South Central Foundation’s (SCF) Nuka System of Care provides medical, dental, behavioural, and traditional health care support services... More
    Opened 8 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
  • Unleashing the potential of our workforce - Scope of Practice Review

    In February 2023, the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce Report outlined priority recommendations to improve primary care. One of these was that the Australian Government work together with states and territories to explore the barriers and incentives for all health practitioners to work to their full scope of practice. In April 2023, National Cabinet supported this recommendation. As part of the 2023-24 Budget, the Government provided funding for a review of the scope of... More
    Closed 16 October 2023
  • Prostheses List Reforms – PwC Report on Reforms to the Prostheses List Part B – May 2023

    We are seeking feedback from stakeholders on the PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) report and recommendations on the proposed reforms to Part B of the Prescribed List of Benefits for Medical Devices and Human Tissue Products* (the PL), and the proposed restructure of Part B. The report outlines a way forward agreed between the department and key stakeholders in terms of the new structure of Part B, and the listing process to be used for new products, and also includes amendments to... More
    Closed 6 October 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
  • Consultation on the Private Health Insurance (PHI) Incentives and Hospital Default Benefits Studies

    Independent studies were announced in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Budgets and covered the following: The effectiveness of the regulatory settings for the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS), Rebate, and Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) (collectively referred to as the PHI Incentives); and Hospital Default Benefits. The aim of these studies is to identify opportunities to improve the affordability and quality of PHI cover for consumers to access private... More
    Closed 15 August 2023
  • Prostheses List Reforms Consultation Paper 7 - Proposed measures for compliance, assurance and information sharing

    The purpose of this paper is to provide stakeholders information about: proposed compliance and assurance measures; and proposed measures to promote information sharing among government agencies about medical devices and human tissue products included in the Prescribed List . As part of this consultation, we invited stakeholders to attend an information webinar on Tuesday 1 August 2023, where we discussed the proposed measures, answered... More
    Closed 10 August 2023
  • Improving alignment and coordination between the Medical Research Future Fund and Medical Research Endowment Account

    The Australian Government is committed to ensuring health and medical research investment delivers the greatest benefit to the community while driving long-term economic sustainability. To optimise the government’s investment in health and medical research, the Department of Health and Aged Care and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) are undertaking national consultation to improve alignment and coordination between the Medical Research Future Fund... More
    Closed 14 July 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
  • National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) Products

    The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) provides subsidised access to a range of products for the self-management of diabetes. To ensure the products supplied under the NDSS continue to meet the needs of people registered with the scheme – and represent value-for-money for the Australian Government – the Department of Health and Aged Care is planning a tender process to refresh the NDSS Product Schedule. The tender would allow new and existing product suppliers to... More
    Closed 2 July 2023
  • Prostheses List Apply Public Beta Survey

    The Department is in the process of enhancing the Health Products Portal (HPP) to support Prostheses List applications. As part of the Public Beta phase of testing, medical device organisations can complete a mock Prostheses List application for a new or amended listing on part A or C of the Prostheses List, via the HPP. More
    Closed 6 April 2023
  • Prostheses List Reforms - Consultation Paper 5 - Bundling of Benefits for General Use Items

    The Department of Health and Aged Care is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the bundling of benefits for general use items (GUIs). The purpose of this paper is to provide options for this new transitional arrangement which will temporarily require GUIs to be funded by insurers under the Benefit Requirements Rules. The paper can be found at the bottom of the page and is open for consultation via an online survey. More
    Closed 27 March 2023
  • Prostheses List Reforms - Mixed Benefit Groups

    Following the mixed benefits webinar held on Tuesday 14 February 2023, the Department of Health and Aged Care is publishing the following documents for stakeholders to review the regrouping work as part of the Prostheses List (PL) Reforms. The documents that can be found include: Rationale for the restructure of the PL proposed by hereco including an overview of the structure to subgroup level (accepted by the Department in December 2022); Webinar presentation and... More
    Closed 2 March 2023
  • General practice data and electronic clinical decision support - Consultation Regulation Impact Statement

    The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care is releasing this Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS) to inform thinking around general practice data and electronic clinical decision support (eCDS). The two policy areas discussed in this CRIS have been combined given the overlap in stakeholders and links between general practice data and eCDS in the broader healthcare ecosystem. The CRIS is the final stage in a two stage consultation process,... More
    Closed 28 February 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 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
  • Consultation on the Private Health Insurance (PHI) Actuarial Study into Risk Equalisation

    The Department is conducting studies into key PHI regulatory and policy settings (Lifetime Health Cover, Risk Equalisation Medicare Levy Surcharge, PHI Rebate and Private Hospital Default Benefit Arrangements). The aim of these studies is to identify opportunities to improve the affordability and quality of PHI cover for consumers to access private health services and to optimise the contribution private health makes to the health system. Finity Consulting (Finity), an actuarial... More
    Closed 5 December 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Closed 4 March 2022
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