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  • Stocktake on Residential Aged Care Accommodation Design

    The Department of Health and Aged Care is seeking information from aged care providers on the design of residential aged care accommodation. The Stocktake on the Design of Residential Aged Care Accommodation (‘stocktake’) will help the department to understand what residential aged care accommodation looks like from a design perspective. This information will be used to develop a picture of aged care homes, including where services are provided flexibly, in terms... More
    Opened 21 August 2023
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Advisory Committee: Post implementation review of changes to colonoscopy 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 implementation... More
    Opened 18 August 2023
  • Feedback on the draft National Microbial Genomics Framework 2024-2025

    Microbial genomics is the application of genome sequencing technologies to characterise and analyse pathogens for the purposes of informing clinical and public health investigation and response to communicable disease outbreaks. The implementation of this technology is rapidly transforming the Australian pathology sector and its accelerated implementation to support the COVID-19 response, provides a unique opportunity to leverage its value in understanding and controlling other... More
    Opened 8 August 2023
  • Preparing for, and responding to, future pandemics and other international health emergencies

    Australia is participating in two important processes to strengthen the international community’s capacity to prevent, prepare for, and respond to, pandemics and other international health emergencies: the negotiation of a new international legal instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, and targeted changes to the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) through the World Health Organization (WHO). To date, Member States... More
    Opened 7 August 2023
  • Final Report for CHSP Ad Hoc Proposals funding (From Funding Payment to 30 June 2023)

    Overview of Reporting on CHSP Ad Hoc Funding The CHSP Ad Hoc Proposals grant was published under Grant Opportunity GO5672 (for financial year 2022-2023) as an extension of the Grant Opportunity GO4265 (for financial years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022). Funding provided through the CHSP Ad Hoc Proposals grant enabled organisations to respond to unforeseen and exceptional circumstances, address gaps in service delivery and trial and implement new and innovative service... More
    Opened 7 August 2023
  • Public Consultation: Industrially-produced trans fats in processed foods - EXTENDED

    Consultation period extended until 29 September 2023. In August 2019 the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (now the Food Ministers’ Meeting) asked the Food Regulation Standing Committee to consider options to improve the composition of the food supply in relation to trans fats. This consultation has been prepared by the Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC) to support consideration of regulatory and non-regulatory options for... More
    Opened 4 August 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
    Opened 25 July 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
    Opened 12 July 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
    Opened 4 July 2023
  • Consultation on [the] Guide to prepare an application to the Prescribed List of Benefits for Medical Devices and Human Tissue Products

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek feedback from stakeholders on the draft Guide to prepare an application to the Prescribed List of Benefits for Medical Devices and Human Tissue Products (the Guide). The Guide will assist applicants to prepare an application to list a product on the Prescribed List of Benefits for Medical Devices and Human Tissue Products (the PL), or to amend an existing billing code. The draft Guide refers to links and other... More
    Opened 30 June 2023
  • Proposed Changes to the HPV Vaccine Recommendation

    The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is consulting with stakeholders on proposed changes to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination recommendations 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... More
    Opened 20 June 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
    Opened 8 June 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
    Opened 6 June 2023
  • Improving alignment and coordination between the Medical Research Future Fund and Medical Research Endowment Account

    This consultation closed on 14 July 2023. 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... More
    Opened 4 June 2023
  • National Health and Climate Strategy - Consultation

    The Australian Government is developing a National Health and Climate Strategy. The strategy aims to protect the health and wellbeing of Australians from the effects of climate change. To do this, it is important for the Australian Government to: reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the health system make the health system more resilient to the impacts of climate change support communities to take action against the health effects of... More
    Opened 2 June 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
    Opened 31 May 2023
  • Development of the Fourth National Hepatitis B Strategy 2023-2030 and Sixth National Hepatitis C Strategy 2023-2030 - Public Consultation Online Survey

    Ensuring Australians can live free from the impact of hepatitis B and hepatitis C is a priority of the Australian Government. We are seeking your feedback on the draft Fourth National Hepatitis B Strategy 2023-2030 and the draft Sixth National Hepatitis C Strategy 2023-2030 (the Strategies). These Strategies are part of the new draft national Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) strategies that will build on the... More
    Opened 31 May 2023
  • A New Model for Regulating Aged Care - Details of the proposed new model - Workshop Registration

    Registration for June 2023 workshops has now closed. If you have any questions or queries please contact agedcareregmodel@health.gov.au More
    Opened 26 April 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
    Opened 3 April 2023
  • Review of the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formulas: Manufacturers and Importers Agreement (MAIF Agreement)

    We are seeking feedback to inform the Review of the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formulas: Manufacturers and Importers Agreement (MAIF Agreement). The MAIF Agreement is a voluntary, self-regulatory code of conduct between manufacturers and importers of infant formula products in Australia. The key objectives of the MAIF Agreement are to: ensure safe and adequate nutrition for babies encourage breastfeeding as the first option for babies ... More
    Opened 31 March 2023
  • Prostheses List Reforms - Consultation paper No 6a - Proposed Listing Criteria

    The purpose of this paper is to provide additional information about the listing criteria that are proposed to apply for medical devices and human tissue products to be included in the Private Health Insurance (Medical Devices and Human Tissue Products) Rules. We ask that stakeholders provide feedback on the proposed listing criteria and any ideas they have regarding the issues in the consultation paper. This feedback will then be used to inform any further refinement of the... More
    Opened 20 March 2023
  • Prostheses List Reforms - Consultation Paper No 6b - Proposed New Cost Recovery Legislation

    The purpose of this consultation paper is to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to understand, in greater detail, the proposed cost recovery arrangements related to the renamed Prostheses List which are planned to commence on 1 July 2023. This includes details related to legislative changes required to enact the proposed cost recovery arrangements. We ask that stakeholders provide feedback on the proposed cost recovery arrangements. This feedback will then be used to inform... More
    Opened 20 March 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
    Opened 8 March 2023
  • IAT live trial learning pack - feedback survey

    A feedback survey on the IAT live trial learning pack. More
    Opened 6 March 2023
  • National Site of Recognition for thalidomide survivors and their families - words of significance

    The Department of Health and Aged Care and the National Capital Authority, in collaboration with a Steering Committee, is progressing work to establish a National Site of Recognition for thalidomide survivors and their families. The Site of Recognition will be located at Kings Park in Canberra. It will recognise the pain and suffering experienced by thalidomide survivors, as well as the impact on their loved ones. Site of Recognition Design Based on the Design Aspects Survey... More
    Opened 2 March 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
    Opened 20 February 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
    Opened 17 February 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
    Opened 13 February 2023
  • Increasing access to health and aged care: a strategic plan for the nurse practitioner workforce (the Plan)

    The Department of Health and Aged Care is developing a strategic plan for the nurse practitioner workforce. The purpose of the Plan is to describe a set of actions that can be taken to address nurse practitioner workforce issues and enhance the delivery of nursing care to the Australian community. A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with the experience, expertise and authority to diagnose and treat people of all ages with a variety of acute or chronic health... More
    Opened 19 December 2022
  • 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
    Opened 13 December 2022
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