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14 November 2013 - AHWMC Communique
Health Ministers announce Practitioner Member Appointments to the Osteopathy Board of Australia, Chiropractic Board of Australia and the Psychology Board of Australia
1 August 2013 - SCoH communique
At its recent Standing Council on Health face to face meeting, Ministers considered the Decision Regulatory Impact Assessment: Options for regulation of unregistered health practitioners.
11 July 2013 - AHWMC Communique
The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council announced new and extended appointments on the National Boards today.
14 June 2013 - SCoH Communique
The Commonwealth and all State and Territory Health Ministers met in Sydney today for a meeting of the Standing Council on Health to discuss a range of national health issues. The meeting was chaired by Michelle O’Byrne, Tasmanian Minister for Health.
9 November 2012 - SCoH Communique
Australian Health Ministers met in Perth today for a meeting of the Standing Council on Health (SCoH). The meeting was chaired by Michelle O'Byrne, Tasmania’s Minister for Health.
10 August 2012 - SCoH Communique
Australian Health Ministers met in Sydney today for a meeting of the Standing Council on Health. A range of issues were discussed including Dementia as the Ninth National Health Priority Area , Aged Care Reform and Professional Indemnity Insurance for Privately Practising Midwives.
30 July 2012 - AHWMC Communique - Appointments to the ten National Boards
The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (the Ministerial Council) is very pleased to announce new appointments and reappointments of Chairs, practitioner and community members to fill vacancies arising across ten National Boards for the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). The vacancies arise primarily as a result of the expiry of 105 terms of the inaugural appointments to these national boards (as made by the Ministerial Council in 2009).
1 June 2012 - AHWMC Communique
The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council is pleased to announce the appointment of three new community members from a strong field of community member candidates to fill vacancies on the Chiropractic Board of Australia and the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
27 April 2012 - Standing Council on Health Communique
Australian Health Ministers and the New Zealand Health Minister met in Canberra today to discuss a range of national health issue including workforce, eHealth, Indigenous health and aged care. The meeting of the Standing Council on Health was chaired by WA Minister for Health, Dr Kim Hames.
27 April 2012 - Health Workforce 2025 Communique
Health Ministers today considered the Health Workforce 2025 Report which models expected workforce demand and supply for doctors, nurses and midwives to 2025.
13 January 2012 - AHWMC Communique
13 January 2012 - AHWMC Communique
5 August 2011 - SCoH Communique
Australian Health Ministers completed a two day meeting of the Australian Health Ministers Conference in Darwin today, chaired by WA Health Minister, Dr Kim Hames, where a range of health and hospital issues were discussed.
5 August 2011 - AHWMC Communique
Health Workforce Ministers meeting today in Darwin discussed national health workforce issues and were updated on recent progress on the National Registration Scheme by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) which has been in operation since July 2010. The meeting of the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council, was chaired by WA Health Minister, Dr Kim Hames.
7 June 2011 - SCoH Communiqe
Australian Health Ministers met in Melbourne today and reached in principle agreement on legislation to establish the National Health Performance Authority as the next stage of national health reform.
17 February 2011 - SCoH Communique
Commonwealth, State and Territory Health Ministers at the Australian Health Ministers Conference in Hobart today, chaired by WA Minister for Health, Dr Kim Hames, took the opportunity to further discuss the historic health reform agreement reached by COAG last weekend.
17 February 2011 - AHWMC Communique
Today Health Ministers received a report from the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) that provided an update on its operation from the introduction of the new National Registration and Accreditation scheme 1 July 2010. Health Ministers discussed a range of issues particularly around access and registration processes, during the transition to the new scheme.
12 November 2010 - SCoH Communique
Australian Health Ministers met in Adelaide today for the Australian Health Ministers Conference, chaired by The Hon John Hill, SA Minister for Health. Ministers discussed a range of matters including the MyHospital Website, quality and safety in health care, health reform, the Australian National Maternity Services Plan and English Language Skills Registration Standard for Nursing and Midwifery.
16 September 2010 - SCoH Communique - Revised National Mental Health Standards
The Australian Health Ministers’ Council (AHMC) today endorsed the revised National Mental Health Standards to guide quality care provision across Australia’s mental health services.
22 April 2010 - SCoH Communique
Australian Health Ministers from the Commonwealth and all States and Territories met in Perth today and discussed a range of health issues including the groundbreaking national health reforms negotiated at COAG this week.
22 April 2010 - AHWMC Communique
The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (the AHWMC) announced that it has made the decisions in relation to the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health practitioners (the national scheme).
1 April 2010 - AHWMC Communique
The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council is pleased to announce that it has approved national health practitioner registration standards recommended by the ten National Boards established under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
12 February 2010 - SCoH Communique
Today at the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference all Ministers committed to jointly plan through Health Workforce Australia for the quality clinical undergraduate training for all of our future health professionals.
13 November 2009 - SCoH Communique
Health Ministers today met in Adelaide to discuss a range of issues including e-health, improving elective surgery performance, and strengthening accountability and performance reporting in the health system. The meeting was chaired by South Australian Health Minister, John Hill.
4 September 2009 - SCoH Communique
Australian Health Ministers met in Canberra today to discuss a range of issues affecting the national health system. The meeting was chaired by ACT Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher.
31 August 2009 - AHWMC National Board Appointments Communique
The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council is very pleased to announce today the appointment of the 108 inaugural members of the ten national boards for the new National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the Health Professions. The appointments are made under the Health Practitioner Regulation (Administrative Arrangements) National Law Act 2008. The appointments are made at this stage to enable the national boards to begin preparatory work for the commencement of the new national scheme on 1 July 2010.
27 August 2009 - AHWMC Submissions on Leglisation Communique
The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council has considered responses received in relation to the exposure draft of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law 2009 (Bill B).
8 May 2009 - AHWMC Communique
The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council has today reached a national consensus on how the new National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the Health Professions will work. This will deliver improvements to the safety and quality of Australia’s health services through a modernised national regulatory system for health practitioners.
5 March 2009 - SCoH Communique
Elective Surgery; National Registration and Accreditation; Privacy Consultation and Individual Healthcare Identifier; and National Mental Health Policy
5 March 2009 - SCoH National Mental Health Policy Statement
Australian Health Ministers have today committed to working towards a whole of government approach to mental health designed to create a mental health system that is collaborative, responsive and robust, and one that is able to fully meet the future needs for all Australians.
5 March 2009 - Appointments to Management Committee of new Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Health Ministers have today announced appointments to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Management Committee
7 November 2008 Ministerial Conference on Ageing Communique
Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers responsible for the care of older Australians together with the Australian Local Government Association met today in Melbourne at the second Ministerial Conference on Ageing. The meeting was chaired by Minister for Senior Victorians Lisa Neville and coincided with a meeting of the Community and Disability Services Ministers Council The conference discussed the issue of transitional care places for older Australians to assist them to retain their independence after a hospital stay.
22 July 2008 - SCoH Joint Communique
Australian Health Ministers met in Canberra today, with elective surgery, patient rights and the new Australian Health Care Agreements some of the main areas of discussion.
18 April 2008 - SCoH Delivering Results Communique
Today’s Australian Health Ministers’ Conference was an extremely productive meeting, delivering results across several key areas, including mental health, obesity, national security, tobacco, solariums, and open disclosure.
29 February 2008 - SCoH Joint Communique
Today’s breakthrough meeting of Australian Health Ministers agreed on the need for reciprocal public performance reporting, as well as priorities for immediate reform. For the first time, this will mean the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments have agreed on building and reporting a comprehensive set of performance measures across the entire health system.
31 January 2008 - SCoH Privacy and Joint Communique
Reform of the national health system and developing a new Australian Health Care Agreement were at the top of the agenda when Australian Health Ministers met in Melbourne today. All Ministers agreed that the forthcoming Australian Health Care Agreement (AHCA) was a major vehicle for reform. A framework for the next AHCA was discussed and support was given for broadening the current agreement to focus on other aspects of the health system, not just public hospital funding.
7 December 2007 - SCoH Joint Communique
Australian Health Ministers met for the first time since the Federal Election today at the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference (AHMC) in Hobart. Describing it as an historic meeting, Council Chair Queensland Minister, Stephen Robertson MP welcomed new Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon MP to her first meeting and congratulated her for prioritising a meeting with State and Territory Health Ministers so soon after the federal election.
24 July 2007 - SCoH Organ and Tissue Donation Communique
All Australian Health Ministers, meeting in Sydney today, have agreed to progress the National Reform Agenda on Organ and Tissue Donation to improve donation rates to help meet the ever increasing demand for organs and tissues.
24 July 2007 - SCoH Joint Communique
Health Ministers met in Sydney today. Issues discussed included overseas trained doctors, the Australian Health Care Agreements, a national approach to the management of HIV infected individuals and food and drink advertising and marketing practices.
24 July 2007 - SCoH Plasma Fractionation Communique
Health Ministers have agreed on a strategic workplan to implement recommendations of the Review of Australia’s Plasma Fractionation Arrangements.
30 March 2007 - SCoH Joint Communique on Blood Safety
All Australian Health Ministers, meeting in Melbourne today, have agreed to improvements to ensure the continued quality and safety of Australia’s blood supply.
17 November 2006 - SCoH General Communique
Health Ministers met in Sydney today to discuss a range of priority health issues and to endorse the continuation of work in a number of key areas of reform. The Chair of the Conference, The Hon John Hatzistergos outlined the substance of Ministers discussions on issues including workforce reforms, health call centres, private health insurance reforms and childhood obesity.
17 November 2006 - SCoH Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework Communique
The first report against Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (HPF) was endorsed for publication by Australian Health Ministers, meeting in Sydney today.
27 July 2006 - SCoH General Communique
Health Ministers met in Brisbane today to discuss a range of priority health issues including Remote Area Renal Services, National Health Call Centres, Pandemic Influenza, Childhood Obesity, Quality and Safety, and a range of Health Workforce issues.
7 April 2006 - General Communique
Australian and New Zealand Health Ministers met in Wellington, New Zealand today to discuss a range of key health issues and a number of these are receiving attention in both Australia and New Zealand. Amongst the issues discussed were the important long term health issues of obesity and dementia
7 April 2006 - Obesity Action Plan Media Release
Australian Health Ministers, meeting in Wellington, New Zealand today, announced a national action agenda to address overweight and obesity in Australian adults.
18 November 2005 - Hospital to Home Communique
Australian Health Ministers noted the benefits of a national approach for improving care for older people as evidenced in the Annual Report 2004-05 “From hospital to home: Improving care outcomes for older people” under the National Action Plan.
18 November 2005 - National Chronic Disease Strategy Communique
Australian Health Ministers, meeting in Adelaide today, have agreed to endorse a national strategic policy approach to improve chronic disease prevention and care in the Australian population.
18 November 2005 - National Obesity Taskforce Communique
Health Ministers have asked the National Obesity Taskforce to come back to the next AHMC with a progress report on its implementation of its Report, approved by Ministers in early 2005.
18 November 2005 - New Commission on Safety and Quality Communique
At a meeting in Adelaide today all Australian Health Ministers agreed for the new Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to commence operation from 1 January 2006. The Commission will succeed the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care, which was established in January 2000 for a five-year term, ceasing operation on 31 December 2005.
18 November 2005 - Pandemic Influenza Communique
Australian Health Ministers provided updates on jurisdictional preparations for responding to an influenza pandemic should it occur. The Australian Government, all Australian jurisdictions and New Zealand outlined their plans which included keeping pandemic influenza out, containing and controlling it in a small area should it occur in Australia, and extensive arrangements for testing and treatment should it become widespread.
18 November 2005 - AHIC Communique
Australian Health Ministers agreed to revised operating arrangements for the Australian Health Information Council (AHIC). The revised operating arrangements for AHIC are based on an independent review of the Council commissioned by the Australian Government. These arrangements will enable AHIC to focus on providing strategic advice to Health Ministers about the more effective and efficient use of information management and information communications technology (IM&ICT) in the health sector.
18 November 2005 - Eye Health Communique
Australian Government, State and Territory Health Ministers today released Australia’s first National Framework for Action to Promote Eye Health and Reduce Avoidable Blindness and Vision Loss.
28 January 2005 - Improving Indigenous Health Remote Area Renal Services Project Communique
28 January 2005 - National Entity to Drive EHealth Communique
28 January 2005 - Transplant Donor Communique
28 January 2005 - Child Health and Wellbeing Reform Project Communique
28 January 2005 - National Framework for Action on Dementia Communique
28 January 2005 - Physical Activity Levels in Australia's Children and Youth Communique
29 July 2004 - General Communique
28 November 2003 - Radiation Communique
28 November 2003 - General Communique
28 November 2003 - AHIC Communique
28 November 2003 - Nurse Education Communique
28 November 2003 - Obesity Communique
31 July 2003 - Health Care Agreement Communique
31 July 2003 - Childhood Obesity Media Release
31 July 2003 - Indigenous Health Communique
31 July 2003 - Mental Health Plan Communique
13 June 2003 - General Communique
23 April 2003 - Medical Indemnity Communique
21 February 2003 - General Communique
27 September 2002 - Health Care Reform Communique
19 July 2002 - Medical Indemnity Reform Communique
19 July 2002 - Safety and Quality Media Release
16 April 2002 - Ashed Bones News Release
5 April 2002 - Autopsy Practice Communique
1 August 2001 - General Communique
1 August 2001 - HealthConnect Media Release
1 August 2001 - Health Care Safety Communique
23 March 2001 - Immunisation Media Release
23 March 2001 - Indemnity Issues Communique
27 July 2000 - Safety and Quality Communique
17 March 2000 - General Statement
4 August 1999 - Blood Screening Communique
4 August 1999 - Asthma Communique
4 August 1999 - Safety & Quality Communique
4 August 1999 - Cardiovascular Communique
4 August 1999 - Coordinated Care Trials Communique
4 August 1999 - Depression Communique
4 August 1999 - Diabetes Communique
4 August 1999 - Doctor in Bush Communique
8 July 1998 - Joint SCoH & MCATSIA Communique
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