Department of Health releases information on the establishment of Primary Health Networks

We previously reported on the Federal Government’s budgetary announcement that Medical Locals would be replaced by Primary Health Networks. 

The Department of Health has since released information on the establishment and role of the Primary Health Networks.  The Department plans to undertake an “Approach to Market” process in order to identify entities willing and suitable to operate the Primary Health Networks.

To view our previous article, click here.

To view the information released by the Department, click here.

Legislation

Improving Cancer Outcomes Act 2014 (Vic)

We previously reported on the Improving Cancer Outcomes Bill 2014 (Vic), which has now been passed by Victorian Parliament and received Royal Assent on 21 October 2014.

To view the Act, click here.

To view our previous alert, click here.

Health Practitioner Regulation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (NSW)

The Bill was introduced to New South Wales Parliament on 14 October 2014.  The Bill proposes to amend the Health Practitioner Regulation (Adoption of National Law) Act 2009 (NSW) so as to amend the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW).  The Bill is currently before the Legislative Council.

To view the Bill, click here.

Mental Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (WA)

The Bill was passed by Western Australian Parliament on 14 October 2014 and is awaiting Royal Assent.  Once enacted, the Bill will amend the Mental Health Act 1996 (WA) to address certain issues pending the commencement of the Mental Health Act 2013 (WA), which is expected to commence in or around October 2015. 

To view the Bill as passed, click here.

To view the incoming Act, click here.

News

Victorian Government proposes registration scheme for paramedics

The Victorian Government has invited public comment on a proposed scheme for registration and regulation of paramedics in Victoria.  The proposal calls for the establishment of a Paramedics Board, which would have the power to suspend paramedics who present a serious risk to public health and safety.

To view the media release, click here.

Commonwealth review of medicines and medical device regulation

The Commonwealth Government has announced the Expert Panel Review of Medicines and Medical Device Regulation.  The purpose of the review is to, among other things, identify ineffective regulation and strategies to assist medicine and medical device producers currently struggling with the complex and costly regulatory schemes.

The Panel will shortly publish a discussion paper and aims to put forward recommendations regarding the regulation of prescription and over-the-counter medicines and medical devices by 31 March 2015, with a review of the regulatory framework for complementary medicines to follow.

To view the terms of reference, click here.