Please note that the following reports are able to be viewed and downloaded by clicking the links below 
For use by Medical Colleges accrediting training sites for medical 
specialist training.
Australia's National Oral Health Plan 2015-2024
The goal of Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives: Australia’s National Oral Health Plan 2015–2024 is to improve health and wellbeing across the Australian population by improving oral health status and reducing the burden of poor oral health. 
The Australian Health Ministers' Conference requested an examination of the adequacy of consumer safeguards in relation to cosmetic medical and surgical procedures. 
Research indicates that each year around one in ten Australian women experience depression during pregnancy and almost one in five experience depression in the weeks and months after giving birth. If left untreated, this can have a negative impact on new mothers, their babies, families and friends, including relationship problems and difficulties bonding with children. 
Healthy, Safe and Thriving: National Strategic Framework for Child and Youth Health (the Framework) identifies the key strategic priorities for child and youth health in Australia for the next ten years. 
National Arts and Health Framework
This framework has been developed to enhance the profile of arts and health in Australia and to 
promote greater integration of arts and health practice and approaches into health promotion, 
services, settings and facilities. 
The National Core Maternity Indicators (NCMIs) present information on measures of clinical activity and outcomes between 2004 and 2013. The purpose of the NCMIs is to monitor the safety and quality of maternity care to ensure that there is continual improvement in the quality of maternity services following the introduction of the National Maternity Services Plan.
National Elective Surgery Urgency Categorisation Guideline - April 2015
The purpose of the guideline 
is to promote national
consistency and comparability 
in urgency categorisation and
improve equity of access
for patients undergoing
elective surgery.
Many people fear a loss of autonomy, dignity and the ability to make their preferences known when crucial health and other personal decisions are required after they have lost decision-making capacity. There is community support for self-determination, particularly in end-of-life matters, and for appointed trusted substitute decision-makers (SDM) to convey preferences when decision-making capacity is impaired. Advanced Care Directives (ACDs) provide a means for people to plan ahead for these situations.
The National Framework for Child and Family Health Services - secondary and tertiary 
services (the Framework) articulates a vision that: 
All children and families or communities with additional needs or increased likelihood of 
poor health or developmental outcomes receive the support and care they need to 
achieve the best possible health, development and wellbeing.
National Health Information Agreement - September 2013
The purpose of the Agreement is to ensure the availability of nationally consistent high quality health information to support policy and program development, and improve the quality, efficiency, appropriateness, effectiveness and accountability of health services provided to individuals and populations. 
The National Maternity Services Plan (the Plan) was endorsed by the 
Australian Health Ministers’ Conference (AHMC) on 12 November 2010. The 
Plan provides a national framework to guide policy and program development 
over five years, with the aim of improving, coordinating and ensuring greater 
access to maternity services in Australia. 
National Maternity Services Plan 2011-2012 Annual Report
During the period 2011-12, progress under the Plan has been very positive. The four key 
priorities of the Plan – access, service delivery, workforce and infrastructure have been 
addressed with a number of significant achievements. 
National Maternity Services Plan 2012-13 Annual Report 
Annual Reports against the Plan have been published for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 periods. During the 2012-13 period progress has been positive. The four key priorities of the Plan – access, service delivery, workforce and infrastructure continue to be addressed with a number of significant achievements.
Annual Reports against the Plan have been published for the 2010-11, 2011-12, and 
2012-13 periods. During the period 2013-14, progress under the Plan has been very 
positive in light of the economic climate. The four key priorities of the Plan – access, 
service delivery, workforce and infrastructure have been addressed with a number of 
significant achievements.
During the period 2014-15, progress has been very positive given the limited resources available to progress items under the Plan. The four key priorities of the Plan have been addressed with a number of significant achievements.
National Mental Health Recovery Framework - Consumer Brochure
Consumer and carer guide 
to recovery principles that 
support recovery-oriented 
mental health practice.
National Mental Health Recovery Framework - Practitioner Brochure
Practitioner guide 
to recovery principles that 
support recovery-oriented 
mental health practice.
National Mental Health Recovery Framework - Guide - Practitioners and Providers
This document is a guide for mental health practitioners and services to Australia’s 
national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services. 
National Mental Health Recovery Framework - Policy and Theory
This background paper is a summary of the research and policy that underpins Australia’s 
national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services. 
National Survey of Access to Public Antenatal Care Services 2012
This document comprises the final report for the National Survey of Access to Public Antenatal Care Services 2012 (the survey) project undertaken for the Victorian Department of Health acting under the auspice of the Maternity Services Inter-Jurisdictional Committee.
There is considerable scope to improve women’s access to a midwife for postnatal care outside of the hospital setting. Suggested strategies include increasing the proportion of women participating in continuity of midwifery models of maternity care, exploring opportunities for support using telecommunications (especially for rural and remote settings) and raising awareness of the lack of midwifery care post discharge offered by private facilities.
In November 2010 Health Ministers agreed to conduct a national consultation on options for strengthening the regulation of unregistered health practitioners. The majority of unregistered health practitioners practise in a safe, competent and ethical manner. However, there are instances where practitioners engage in conduct that may be so serious that, if the practitioner had been registered, would have resulted in cancellation of their registration and removal of their right to practise.
To provide consolidated intern recruitment information from the different states and territories, the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) asked the Health Workforce Principal Committee (HWPC) to oversee the intern data collection and audit process for intern recruitment. HWPC established the National Medical Intern Data Management Working Group (working group), as a subcommittee of HWPC, to oversee the data collection and audit process. The Working Group provided oversight to the audit process for 2014 intern recruitment and again undertook this function for 2015 intern recruitment.
Bowel cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer if found early, thus screening has the potential to facilitate 
early detection and treatment. A Commonwealth Government funded pilot study (2002-04) tested the feasibility, 
acceptability and cost-effectiveness of implementing a population-based bowel cancer screening program. 
The Government has subsequently implemented screening at a national level for certain groups in the population 
as a prelude to a comprehensive bowel cancer screening program.


National Elective Surgery Urgency Categorisation Guideline - April 2015

  • 26 May 2015
  • Author: Lana Surynt
  • Number of views: 1800


The final National Elective Surgery Urgency Categorisation Guideline was endorsed by AHMAC earlier this year.  The national guideline, covers 11 surgical specialties, with 170 surgical procedures listed in total. The aim of the guideline is to improve consistency of urgency prioritisation by providing a point of reference for clinicians, but also allows for clinician determined variation, based on individual clinical circumstances of each patient. The introductory chapter of the guideline outlines the guiding principles including that the national guideline is to be used in conjunction with relevant state and territory policies. Each state and territory has put in place an implementation plan, which includes key steps that each jurisdiction intends to take to implement the guideline.

The Hospitals Principal Committee, would like to thank state and territory representatives on the National Steering Committee for their valuable contribution and input into this important project. Jurisdictional ownership and support has been critical to the development of the guideline, which it is hoped will facilitate improvements in elective surgery access and performance across the nation.

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