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September

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care* — consultation draft Peripheral Venous Access

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) — Aged Care Clinical Guide (Silver Book) consultation*

Australian Government Department of Health — evaluation of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program*

 

August

New South Wales Ministry of Health — Consent to Medical Treatment Manual

Australian Government Department of Health — Diabetes Products subsidised under the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) consultation

Queensland Health — Health Transparency Bill and Regulation 2019 consultation

 

July

Australian Government Department of Health — Educating the Nurse of the Future – Independent Review of Nursing Education Consultation

World Health Organization (WHO) — WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge – Medication without harm (the Challenge)

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council — Review of the Midwife Accreditation Standards 2014 – Consultation Paper 1

Department of the Environment and Energy — Review of the National Environmental Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure (AAQ NEPM) consultation

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) — Consultation on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2020-21

Department of Health, Government of Western Australia — Climate Health WA Inquiry

Department of Health, Government of Western Australia — Draft Implementation Plan One 2019-2021: WA End-of-Life and Palliative Care Strategy 2018-2028

Office of Professional Leadership & Education, ACT Health Directorate — draft revised ‘Health Amendment Bill 2019’

 

June

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia — Proposed Decision-making framework for nurses and midwives – public consultation paper

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists — Draft PS43 Guidelines on Fatigue Risk Management in Anaesthesia Practice

South Australian Law Reform Institute — consultation on the review of South Australian termination of pregnancy law and practice

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare — public consultation on National Primary Health Care Data Asset

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners — draft Supporting Smoking Cessation Guide for Health Professionals

 

May

Safer Care Victoria — draft SCV Evidence Based Guidance Strategy

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare — the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards User Guide for Medication Management in Cancer Care (April 2019)

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency | National Registration and Accreditation Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group — consultation on the definition of ‘cultural safety’

Australian Government Department of Health – draft Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce — Report from the Nurse Practitioner Health Reference Group

Western Australian Government Department of Health — the Ministerial Expert Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying – Discussion Paper

Australian Government Department of Health — NDSS Enhancement Project – Nurse Certification

 

April

Australian Government Department of Human Services — PBS/RPBS Stationary Product Review

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia — proposed change to definitions related to advanced practice

South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal — conferral of jurisdiction of the South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal upon the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT)

National Heart and Stroke Action Plan – consultation draft — National Action Plan for Heart and Stroke

Medical Technology Association of Australia — Review of the Medical Technology Industry Code of Practice (The Code)

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council — Registered Nurse Prescribing Accreditation Standards consultation paper

Queensland Parliament | Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee — Inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, and voluntary assisted dying

Cancer Council Australia — Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Melanoma

Australian Government Department of Health — draft National Action Plan for the Health of Children and Young People

 

March

Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE) — draft NSW Prescribing Cannabis Medicines for Non-Cancer Pain

Australian Government Department of Education and Training — Review of Australian Qualifications Framework

Australian Digital Health Agency — Co-designing an publishing a Digital Medicines Program Blueprint Discussion Paper

 

February

ACN submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council — Review of Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards: Consultation Paper 3

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council — Review of Re-entry to the Register Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards: Consultation

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare — Draft second edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights

 

January

Review into integration, employment and settlement outcomes for refugees and humanitarian entrants

Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Inquiry into Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services

Review of Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA) Position Statements

December

ACN submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the effectiveness of the aged care quality assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practised

 

November

Australian Human Rights Commission – Consultation about the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) Project [joint submission with CATSINaM]

 

September

ACT Government – Regulation of Nurse and Midwife Immunisers in the ACT: Issues and Options Paper

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Proposed Registration standard: Endorsement for scheduled medicines for registered nurses prescribing in partnership

 

August

Queensland Government – Queensland Health Palliative Care Services Review Consultation Paper

 

July

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) – Review of Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards: Consultation paper 2

Migration Council of Australia – Consultation paper to analyse the feasibility of developing a learning framework for nursing education on cultural responsiveness in aged care

 

June

Senate Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education – The future of stillbirth research and education in Australia

 

May

Migrant and Refugee Women’s Health Partnership – Draft Competency Standards Framework – Culturally responsive clinical practice: Working with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds consultation

Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs – Inquiry into the accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia

World Health Organization – Draft First Report of the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases Version Dated 1 May 2018

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care – World Health Organization’s Global Patient Safety Challenge – Medication without Harm

 

April

Aged Care Financing Authority – Respite care consultation

Cancer Council Victoria – national public consultation on the Optimal care pathways for people with cancer of unknown primary and cervical cancer*

National Heart Foundation of Australia and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand – draft guidelines for the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation in Australia 2018*

National Heart Foundation of Australia and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand – draft guidelines for the Prevention, Detection and Management of Heart Failure in Australia 2018*

Victorian Department of Health & Human Services – Health Services (Private Hospitals and Day Procedure Centres) Regulations 2013*

 

March

Australian Government Department of Health – Aged Care Workforce Strategy

Legislative Assembly for the ACT – Inquiry into End of Life Choices in the ACT

Diagnostic Imaging & Pathology|Medical Benefits Division, Australian Government Department of Health – Application for a Medicare provider number and/or Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescriber number for a midwife or nurse practitioner form*

Australian Digital Health Agency – Framework for Action consultation

 

February

The Pharmaceutical Society (PSA) My Health record – Guidelines for Pharmacists

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport – Inquiry into the Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia*

Queensland Law Reform Commission – Review of termination of pregnancy laws*

 

January

Australian Government Department of Health – Specialist Dementia Care Units

Cancer Council Victoria – draft optimal cancer care pathway (OCP) for people with sarcoma*

Australian Labor Party – Labor’s National Platform (Chapter 8 – health)*

December

Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services – Statutory Duty of Candour consultation

Health Informatics Society of Australia – Leadership in Clinical Informatics*

WA Primary Health Alliance – WA End of Life and Specialist Palliative Care Strategy 2018-2028*

 

November

Government of Western Australia Department of Health – WA Youth Health Policy 2018-2023*

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) – draft position statement on Supported Decision-Making*

Australian Government Department of Health – Development of a Framework for Secondary Use of My Health Record Data

Australian Government Department of Health |Therapeutic Goods Administration – Guidance for the use of medicinal cannabis in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain in Australia

 

October

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) – Review of Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards: Consultation paper 1

Government of Western Australia – Sustainable Health Review

Australian College of Midwives – Draft Immunisation Position Statement*

Australian Stroke Coalition – activity update report for October 2017 meeting*

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission – Consumer directed aged care*

 

September

Australian Government Department of Human Services – Independent review of health providers’ access  to Medicare card numbers

 

July

Australian Government Department of Human Services – Consultation on the Proposed changes to Group 1- PBS/RPBS Computer Prescription Stationary*

 

April

Climate and Health Alliance – first Draft Policy Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Wellbeing for Australia*

Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) – submission to the NATSIHP Implementation Plan national consultation

 

March

Australian Law Reform Commission – Elder Abuse Inquiry: response to Discussion Paper (DP 83) December 2016

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Public Consultation on Revised Code of Conduct for Nurses and Revised Code of Conduct for Midwives

 

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) – Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards Review

Australian Government | Australian Digital Health Agency – Digital Health Strategy Consultation

December

Australian Government Department of Health – Aged Care Legislated Review consultation

 

August

Australian Law Reform Commission – Inquiry on Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse

 

July

Parliament of New South Wales – Inquiry into Violence Against Emergency Services Personnel

Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) – ‘Toward a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia’ – Discussion Paper Survey*

 

June

Australian Government Department of Health – National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions: Online Public Consultation on the second draft*

Queensland Government | Queensland Health – Physician assistants in Queensland consultation*

 

May

Australian College of Midwifes (ACM) – Draft position statement on maternal and perinatal care for asylum seeking women held in detention*

 

April

Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs – inquiry into the future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce

Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs – inquiry into the Indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia

Families Australia – survey*

 

February

Australian Government | The Treasury – Pre-Budget submission*

Tasmanian Government Department of Health and Human Services – Draft consultative Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – consultation on the proposal to discontinue the Registration standard for scheduled medicine endorsement (rural and isolated practice) RIPEN

Australian Government Department of Health – Draft National Consensus Statement on physical health of people living with a mental illness*

Victorian Government Department of Health & Human Services – Victorian Pharmacist-Administered Vaccination Program Guidelines

January

Australian Government Department of Health – National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals*

Australian Government | National Health and Medical Research Council – consultation on the production of trustworthy clinical practice guidelines in Australia*

December

NSW Legislative Council – Inquiry into Elder Abuse in NSW

Victoria State Government – Developing Victoria’s End of Life Care Framework

Queensland Parliament – Inquiry into the establishment of Queensland Health Promotion Commission

Parliament of Victoria Standing Committee on Legal and Social Issues – Inquiry into End of Life Choices*

World Health Organization – Online Public Consultation towards the Development of WHO Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery 2016-2020*

NSW Legislative Council, General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2 – Inquiry into elder abuse in NSW*

 

November

Victoria State Government: Health 2040 – A discussion paper on the future of healthcare in Victoria

Department of Health – Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) Review Taskforce

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) – Enrolled Nurse Course Accreditation Standards Review

 

October

ACT Health – ACT pharmacist vaccination program

 

September

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC): Second Review – Re-entry to Register Midwife Accreditation Standards

Department of Health – Health Workforce Scholarship Programme – Stakeholder Consultation

 

August

Parliamentary Inquiry Into Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Primary Healthcare 

Primary Health Care Advisory Group – Better Outcomes for People with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions through Primary Health Care*

World Health Organization (WHO): Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 – Draft for Consultation*

 

July

Parliament of NSW – Inquiry into registered nurses in NSW nursing homes

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) – draft Registered nurse standards for practice

 

June

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) – Vision for a sustainable health system

 

May

VIC Department of Health & Human Services – Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2006

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – Regulatory Principles for the National Scheme*

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) – review of Re-entry to the Register Midwife Accreditation Standards used to assess and accredit Re-entry to the Register Midwifery Programs of study*

Tasmanian Government – Delivering Safe and Sustainable Clinical Services White Paper Exposure Draft

 

April

The Aged Care Sector Committee (ACSC) – consultation on Statement of Purposes (STOPs)*

 

March

Senate Inquiry: Hepatitis C in Australia – Collaboration between ACN, CATSINaM and DANA

 

February

Department of Health – Draft National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families – Collaboration between ACN, ACM, CATSINaM, MCaFHNA and CRANAplus

Government of South Australia – Delivering Transforming Health Proposals Paper

Senate Education and Employment Committees – Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014

Australian Government | The Treasury – Pre-Budget submission

Cancer Council Victoria – draft Optimal Cancer Care pathway for people ovarian cancer and draft Optimal Cancer Care pathway for people with high grade glioma*

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ACN responded to inquiry questions that are relevant to the nursing profession and where ACN and its members had relevant expertise.

Policy consultations

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 to view and provide feedback to consultations ACN is currently working on.