Government Reviews and Submissions

Medical Research Future Fund consultation - Strategy and Priorities

The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board held its first meeting at Parliament House on 4 May 2016. The Advisory Board commenced consultation on the development of the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy and related Priorities from 6 May to 6 June 2016, calling for submissions through the Department of Health's consultation hub

Submissions were limited to three pages and sought from those who deliver, use, or stand to benefit from health services and health and medical research.

Under the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015, the Strategy is determined every five years and the Priorities every two years.

The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board are to discuss the submissions, and advise on next steps in the consultation process towards the end of June 2016.

NICM submission, Complementary Medicines for Better Health (PDF, 281.54 KB) (opens in a new window), was prepared with input from ASMI and CMA

The submission advocates for funding of complementary medicine research projects to facilitate informed policy decisions on the use of complementary medicines in preventive health and in promoting general health and wellbeing.

3 Vital Investment Priorities 

The aim of this report is to leverage government, industry and community support for an evidence based complementary medicines sector. 

Read more and download the full Vital Investment Priorities Report

The Review of the Australian Government Rebate on Private Health Insurance for Natural Therapies 2013

The review of the Australian Government Rebate on Private Health Insurance (the rebate) for natural therapies (the review), will examine the evidence of clinical efficacy, cost effectiveness, safety and quality of in scope natural therapies.

NICM submission on Australian Government Rebate on Private Health Insurance (PDF, 1051.12 KB) (opens in a new window)

Preventative Health Taskforce

On 9 April 2008, the Hon. Nicola Roxon MP, Minister for Health and Ageing, announced the establishment of the Preventative Health Taskforce. 

The Taskforce, which reports directly to the Minister for Health and Ageing, is responsible for providing evidence-based advice to governments and health providers on preventative health programs and strategies, focusing on the burden of chronic disease currently caused by obesity, tobacco and the excessive consumption of alcohol.

On 11 May 2010 the Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP, released Taking Preventative Action (opens in a new window), the Government's response to the report of the National Preventative Health Taskforce.

NICM submission to the Preventative Health Taskforce (PDF, 178.71 KB) (opens in a new window)

Practitioner Regulation Review

In 2006, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a significant national health workforce reform package to enable the health workforce to better respond to the evolving care needs of the Australian community, while maintaining the quality and safety of health services. In particular, the process is designed to promote appropriate and nationally consistent standards of clinical practice and education.

Under the authority of COAG, the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC) has initiated a process of review of all major Australian health professions in order to achieve regulatory consistency across States and Territories and to determine the need for national regulation for partially regulated or currently unregulated health professions. AHMAC has previously established six key criteria for the process (Assessing the Need for Statutory Regulation of Unregulated Health Occupations).

The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) (opens in a new window) came into force on 1 July 2010, and includes Chinese Medicine.

NICM submission on Practitioner Regulation Review (PDF, 138.98 KB)  (opens in a new window) 

Health and Hospitals Reform Commission

On 25 February 2008, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health and Ageing announced the establishment of the Health and Hospital Reform Commission. 

The Commission is responsible for developing a long-term health reform plan for the Commonwealth Government. 

In August 2011, the National Health Reform Agreement (opens in a new window) (and the related National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services and the National Healthcare Agreement 2011) was secured.

NICM submission to the Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (PDF, 162.15 KB)  (opens in a new window)  

Homeopathy Review: Assessment of the evidence - Effectiveness of Homeopathy for Clinical Conditions

NHMRC commissioned this assessment of the evidence to determine the effectiveness of homeopathy for clinical conditions. The assessment was undertaken by independent reviewers from OptumInsightâ„¢ (Health Technology Analysts) and was guided by NHMRC's Homeopathy Working Committee.

Read more about the review on the NHMRC website (opens in a new window). 

NICM has considered the review findings and has released this statement  (PDF, 75.76 KB) (opens in a new window)