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ACN’s Policy team seeks opportunities to promote nursing and advocate for optimal community health outcomes by responding to consultations and inquiries conducted by Australian Government departments, federal and state parliaments and other organisations.

Click on the + symbol below to find out more about the listed consultations and how you can have your say.

ACN consultations

The Draft Report from the Wound Management Working Group provided by the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce (the Taskforce) is currently available. The Taskforce is clear in its overall intent to improve health outcomes for patients by allowing the MBS to deliver on affordable and universal access, best practice health services, value for the individual patient and value for the health system.

The report offers you the opportunity to comment on evidence and recommendations around Wound Management MBS items, and to identify concerns around services that may be unnecessary, outdated or potentially unsafe.

If you are able to provide a response, ACN would like to invite you to complete the survey by Monday 27 January 2020.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released the draft revised Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol for public consultation. The guidelines are being updated to reflect the most recent and best available evidence on the health effects of drinking alcohol.

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) would like to invite you to provide feedback on the draft Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol. If you are interested in helping inform ACN’s response to NHMRC, please provide your feedback in this survey by Friday 31 January 2020.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is in the process of developing a series of modules to provide advice and guidance on how to meet the Standards for Guidelines 2016.

These Standards were published in 2016 and are applicable to all guidelines containing recommendations for clinical practice, public health and environmental health.

These draft modules are based on international standards, peer reviewed literature and current NHMRC policies and have been contextualised for an Australian audience.

The modules are being published on NHMRC’s Guidelines for Guidelines website in a staged process between 2018 and 2020.

NHMRC is currently seeking comment on the following draft modules:

ACN is preparing a response to provide feedback to NHMRC’s consultation. To contribute to ACN’s response to the development of these modules, please contribute to our survey by EOD Sunday 2 February 2020.

Direct response consultations

The Department of Health is carrying out a public consultation on the National Preventive Health Strategy (the Strategy) as part of the third pillar for mental health and preventive health as outlined in Australia’s Long Term National Health Plan.

The first phase of this public consultation is a national consumer survey that is open to all Australians of all ages. Results from the Living Well for Longer Survey will be used to assist in the development of the National Preventive Health Strategy.

The Strategy aims to help Australians improve their health at all stages of life, through early intervention, better information, and targeting modifiable risk factors and the broader causes of poor health.

The Australian College of Nursing encourages you to complete the Department of Health survey by Friday 31 January 2020.