Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2003
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Health and Community Services Ministerial Council (HCSMC)
The department works with other stakeholders to provide national coordination of health and ageing services. These stakeholders include consumers, providers, industry groups, professional organisations, and state and territory governments. The department works with its other portfolio agencies to achieve the portfolio outcomes. These agencies include the HIC, the AIHW, the Australia New Zealand Food Authority, Australian Hearing Services, Health Services Australia, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Authority, the Private Health Insurance Administration Council, the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman, the Professional Services Review, and the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.
The Commonwealth Government appoints two ministers, and a parliamentary secretary, to the portfolio of Health and Ageing. The Minister for Health and Ageing has overall responsibility for the portfolio and has specific responsibility for Medicare benefits, hospitals, medical indemnity, the private health industry, medical workforce issues, the PBS, public health, blood and organ donation, medical research and biotechnology, health research, gene technology, Indigenous health issues, rural and regional health, Commonwealth-state relationships and the HIC. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing has direct carriage of matters relating to alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, the Australia New Zealand Food Authority, Health Services Australia and the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service.
The Minister for Ageing has direct carriage of matters relating to strategies for an ageing population, as well as residential aged care, community care, hearing services and human cloning.
Health services for veterans and their dependants are the responsibility of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs in the Defence portfolio.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
AIHW is a statutory authority within the Commonwealth Health and Ageing portfolio. The Institute's mission is 'To improve the health and well-being of Australians, we inform community discussion and decision making through national leadership in developing and providing health and welfare statistics and information'. The Institute’s main functions relate to the collation and dissemination of information related to health and welfare. The AIHW works closely with the ABS and other agencies which collect data, produce statistics and undertake research and analysis in the health, community services and housing assistance fields.
The AIHW also provides statistical support to the states and territories in the health and welfare areas, primarily through AHMAC, CSMAC and the Housing Ministers’ Advisory Committee, and the national information management groups which report to those advisory groups.
The five collaborating units (contracted with the organisations) extend the scope of the Institute’s expertise and assist the AIHW in performing its functions:
The Institute’s Board encourages judicious collaboration with suitable organisations to enhance the Institute’s ability to meet its mission. In addition, the AIHW works collaboratively with a range of agencies such as the National Centre for Classification in Health, the Australian Patient Safety Foundation and the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases.
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
The NHMRC plays a major role in supporting the implementation of the Commonwealth's investment in health through its support for research, and makes an important contribution to improved public health and safety outcomes through the dissemination of authoritative health advice.
The NHMRC is a statutory body within the Health and Ageing portfolio with principal responsibility for advising the Australian community and the Commonwealth Government, state and territory governments on standards of individual and public health, and supporting research and research training to improve those standards. The NHMRC's work involves a large number of committees that draw on Australia's leading academics and researchers as well as representatives from professional and scientific organisations, welfare, business and consumer groups and government.
The 29 members of Council are appointed by the Minister for Health and Ageing every three years, with the present triennium ending in 2003. The members are appointed under categories defined by the legislation, including expertise in fields of health, medicine and medical research, nominees of Commonwealth, state and territory health authorities and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, and the Chief Executive Officer.
While the staff of the NHMRC report to an independent Chief Executive Officer, appointed by the Minister for Health and Ageing, they are also members of staff of the DoHA.
Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA)
The CDNA is the national coordinating body for the public health management of communicable diseases. CDNA's terms of reference are:
CDNA holds regular fortnightly teleconferences to exchange information on recent developments in the field, coordinate responses and develop policy.
Disease registries exist for a range of diseases and medical procedures in Australia. The general aim is to compile a database of all cases (within a given time and place) of a particular disease. These data can be used for research, providing clinical services, developing and evaluating health prevention/intervention policies and for administration purposes. Some of the major national disease registries include:
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