2019-20 Financial Year

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety – Main submission

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety inquired into the quality of aged care services provided to Australians, whether the services meet the needs of older Australians, the extent of substandard care, mistreatment, abuse, systematic failures present in the aged care system and actions to be taken in response.

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety – Workforce submission

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety called for submissions related to the aged care workforce to inform its final report. The Commission inquired into education and training of the workforce, workforce planning, staffing numbers and mix, conditions of employment and the role of the government.

NDIS Annual Price Review 2020-21

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) consulted with stakeholders on the best ways to improve the methods that inform how NDIS prices are set. Factors reviewed include, but are not limited to, existing price controls held by states and territories, cost of health services and geographical location of participants.

RACGP Standards for General Practice Residential Aged Care

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) sought feedback on its newly developed standards for general practice in residential aged care to support and enhance the delivery of quality and safe general practitioner care in residential aged care facilities.

National Consultation on the draft Severe (3rd and 4th degree) perineal tears clinical care standard

The clinical care standard was developed to improve national consistency in best practice care for the prevention, identification and management of third and fourth degree perineal tears. The guidelines apply to care for women planning a vaginal delivery and women who experience a severe perineal tear and involves care provided from prenatal to postoperative and antenatal care.

Educating the Nurse of the Future

The review aimed to assess the state of nursing education in Australia and provide independent advice on the effectiveness of current preparation to meet health consumer needs, factors affecting the choice of nursing as an occupation, transition to practice programs and competitiveness and attractiveness of Australian nursing qualifications in the international context.

2020-21 Financial Year

Pregnancy Care Guidelines – Nutrition, physical activity and weight

The Pregnancy Care Guidelines are designed to support Australian maternity services to provide high-quality, evidence-based antenatal care to healthy pregnant women. They are intended for all health professionals who contribute to antenatal care including midwives, obstetricians, general practitioners, nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and allied health professionals. 

The Reimagined Personal Care Worker

Skills IQ sought input into what a personal care worker in aged care should be from the perspective of the consumer. Terms of reference included the breadth of consumer needs, the range and complexity of skills required to meet those needs and the extent to which these needs can be met by a personal care worker compared with a multi-disciplinary team.

National Disability Strategy beyond 2020 – stage 2

The Australian Government Department of Social Services sought feedback on the development of an overarching framework for disability reform and the new National Disability Strategy 2020-30 to improve the lives of Australians with disability, their families and carers.

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety: Response to Counsel Assisting’s final recommendations

In the final Aged Care Royal Commission hearing, the Counsel Assisting presented their final submission and 124 recommendations to the Commissioners which were released for public feedback. Recommendations covered topics including quality and safety, legislation, funding, care provision and education.

TGA Proposed enhancements to adverse event reporting for medical devices

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) aimed to improve access to information about medical device safety with the intent of making it easier to report medical device issues, information about known or suspected device issues being more accessible and understood by consumers, families and health professionals.

Public consultations for the National Disability Strategy and NDIS Outcomes Frameworks

The Australian Government Department of Social Services consulted on how to better measure and report outcomes for people with disability as part of the National Disability Strategy and NDIS through a joint framework. The aim will be to use these measures and indicators to monitor and improve outcomes for people with disability.

Productivity Commission inquiry into Mental Health - Recommendations

The Productivity Commission inquiry into Mental Health conducted a comprehensive review of the mental health system and produced a final report which outlined 21 recommendations and 103 associated actions addressing prevention and early assistance, improving mental health and healthcare experiences of consumers, supporting mental health at workplaces and instilling incentives and accountability for improved outcomes.

Skills IQ consultation on Individual Support, Ageing and Disability Support Training Package products

Skills IQ conducted a consultation review to update existing Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses on Individual Support, Ageing and Disability to ensure workers have relevant skills and knowledge to meet consumer needs.

Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS - Independent Assessments

The Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) held an inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) proposal of independent assessments as part of the NDIS access and planning processes in 2021. These assessments would assess an individual’s functional capacity which would be used to inform decisions about eligibility and funding within the NDIS.

Draft National Preventive Health Strategy

The Australian Government Department of Health consulted on a Draft National Preventive Health Strategy which aims to provide a long-term approach to prevention for Australians and their health at all stages of life. This includes addressing early intervention, better information, targeting risk factors and addressing the broader causes of poor health and wellbeing.

Medical Research Future Fund Mission for Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) consulted stakeholders on the Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission roadmap and implementation plan to support older people to maintain their health and quality of life as they age.

Medical Research Future Fund Mission for Indigenous Health Research Fund

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) consulted stakeholders on the Mission for Indigenous Health Research Fund roadmap and implementation plan to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Skills IQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Training Package

Skills IQ undertook the task of updating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Training Package Qualifications to align and improve the skills for health workers working for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

National Disability Employment Strategy

The Australian Government Department of Social Services sought comment on a proposed ten year National Disability Employment Strategy to address disadvantage experienced by people with disability related to employment with the aim of increasing employment rates and economic inclusion for people with disability.

Workplace facilities, amenities and work environment compliance code

WorkSafe Victoria prepared a proposed code of compliance related to Workplace facilities, amenities and the work environment for public consultation. The code of compliance provides guidance to all employers in Victoria, except for construction sites, on their duties and obligations in relation to the provision of facilities at workplaces.

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Last Updated: Wed 03, Nov 2021
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