Lucy Cheetham, Director Policy & Research

The 2012 year was an extremely busy and active one on the policy and research front. Our Taskforces and the Secretariat, were involved in a significant number of government committees and working groups at the State and Federal level. As in previous years, many APHA members volunteered their expertise and time to represent APHA and private hospitals on these groups. The fact that APHA is recognised as the industry leader in terms of advocacy and contribution to policy formulation and discussion is due in large part to the people who make the time to attend meetings, comment on submissions and give the benefit of their experience and advice.

Policy Submissions in 2012

APHA made the following submissions over the year:

  • Comments to the Australian Information Commissioner regarding the Draft guide to mandatory data breach notification under the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012(Cth) (PCEHR Act)
  • Response to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority’s Consultation Paper to inform their work on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services for 2013-14
  • A submission to the Department of Health and Ageing regarding sustainable funding for chemotherapy
  • Advice to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority on the National Hospital Cost Data Collection, the IHPA Workplan
  • Comment to the National Health Performance Authority on their Data Plans for 2012 and a draft Data Plan for Private Hospitals
  • Commentary to the Department of Health and Ageing regarding the future management of the Prostheses List.
  • Response to the Australian Medical Council’s Discussion paper on Primary Medical Qualifications
  • APHA’s Commentary on Classification of Medicare Benefits Schedule item 42738
  • APHA submission on National Definitions for Elective Surgery Urgency Categories
  • APHA submission on PCEHR-proposals for regulations and Rules
  • APHA Commentary on Draft framework – ABF for Australian public hospitals

All of APHA’s public submissions are available on our website at:

http://www.apha.org.au/advocacy/submissions/

APHA’s National Representation

As noted in the Taskforce section, APHA is also represented on many Federal and State Committees and Advisory Groups. At the Federal level, these include:

  • Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare – Commissioner and member of the Private Sector Committee;
  • Australian Council for Healthcare Standards – Board member;
  • Mental Health Committee of AHMAC and sub-committees;
  • National Specialist Training Committee (EMEAC) subsumed during the year within the Medical Training Review Panel (MTRP);
  • National Health Infrastructure Assurance Advisory Group;
  • Prostheses Listing Advisory Committee;
  • Consultative Committee on Health Technology Assessment;
  • Technical groups on Casemix and Classification;
  • Health Workforce Australia governance committees and subject working groups; and
  • Highly Specialised Drugs Working Group (disbanded September 2012).