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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Working Group has an important role, both as a forum that brings together key stakeholders involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and training, and also as an advisory group informing work in relation to growing and supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.
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 National Maternity Services Plan (2011) endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers highlights the challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families with regards to both access to, and acceptability of, maternity services.
The Australian Health Ministers' Conference requested an examination of the adequacy of consumer safeguards in relation to cosmetic medical and surgical procedures.
A fundamental step towards improving health outcomes is to address the many barriers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience in accessing and receiving health care. One of these barriers is that the mainstream health system does not necessarily align with, and is not responsive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures.
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.
This National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework (2016‐2023) (the Framework) is a mechanism to guide national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce policy and planning. The Framework focuses on prioritisation, target setting and monitoring of progress against growing and developing the capacity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.
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.
National Elective Surgery Urgency Categorisation Guideline - April 2015
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.
The purpose of the guideline
is to promote national
consistency and comparability
in urgency categorisation and
improve equity of access
for patients undergoing
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.
This National Framework for Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families (the Framework) articulates a vision, principles and approaches for the delivery of child and family health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It aims to provide guidance for policy and program design, and for the development and implementation of services.
he National Framework for Maternity Services project will incorporate an evaluation of the processes that occurred in developing and implementing the National Maternity Services Plan 2010 – 2015 and the development of an enduring National Framework for Maternity Services incorporating an antenatal health risk factors strategy.
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 set out a five year vision for maternity care across Australia. It recognised the importance of maternity services within the health system and provided a strategic national framework to guide ongoing policy and program development from 2010 to 2015. The Plan identified four priority areas (Access, Service Delivery, Workforce and Infrastructure) to improve women’s access to maternity services and service delivery.
National Maternity Services Plan 2011-2012 Annual Report
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.
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
National Mental Health Recovery Framework - Consumer Brochure
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 - Practitioner Brochure
Consumer and carer guide
to recovery principles that
mental health practice.
National Mental Health Recovery Framework - Guide - Practitioners and Providers
to recovery principles that
mental health practice.
This document is a guide for mental health practitioners and services to Australia’s
National Mental Health Recovery Framework - Policy and Theory
national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services.
National Survey of Access to Public Antenatal Care Services 2012
This background paper is a summary of the research and policy that underpins Australia’s
national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services.
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 2010 the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council requested advice on whether to include paramedics as a profession in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for health professions. Alongside a number of other options, this Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) examines the option of including paramedics in the NRAS.
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.
In 2016, the framework was updated to incorporate new and emerging issues by the Standing Committee on Screening (SCoS) of the Community Care and Population Health Principal Committee (CCPHPC), of AHMAC. The purpose of the framework is to inform decision makers on the key issues to be considered when assessing potential screening programs in Australia.
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.
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, 2015 intern recruitment and again undertook this function for 2016 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.