Closing Date: 5 March 2018
Call for Submissions - Therapeutic Goods Adminstration

The Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS) have received a request to consider changes to scheduling of various medicines and chemicals. Of particular interest to health consumers is the request relating to ibuprofen.

The request is to restrict the sale of ibuprofen to pharmacies only and upschedule packs of ibuprofen medications that are greater than 30 units to be pharmacist-only. 

Closing Date: 2 March 2018
Consultation - Therapeutic Goods Administration

The TGA is seeking comments on options for a regulatory response to the potential misuse of prescribed Schedule 8 (S8) opioids in Australia. Some Shedule 4 (S4) opioids may also be considered. Opioids are drugs like morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl and pethidine. 

They have released a consultation paper that  examines the issues around prescription opioid use and misuse in Australia and explores options for a regulatory response to issues identified.

Possible options (which are not mutually exclusive) include:

Closing Date: 1 March 2018
Call for Submissions, Survey - NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

The NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Chronic Care Network has sponsored the development of a Consumer Enablement Guide in partnership with the Ministry of Health, other NSW Health Pillar agencies, consumers, carers, Health Consumers NSW, Local Health Districts and Primary Health Networks. Through ongoing engagement with a range of key stakeholders they aim to produce a Guide with broad relevance that is applicable across NSW Health and primary care contexts.

Closing Date: 18 December 2017
Call for Submissions - Department of Health, UN Health Team
They are seeking information on domestic and international initiatives that align with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda) and contribute to the health and wellbeing of our population, to inform the health related aspects of Australia’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) in 2018.
Closing Date: 17 November 2017
Call for Submissions, Consultation, Survey - Australian Digital Health Agency

Under the My Health Records Act 2012, health information in My Health Record may be collected, used and disclosed “for any purpose” with the consent of the healthcare recipient. In addition, one of the functions of the System Operator (the Australian Digital Health Agency) is “to prepare and provide de-identified data for research and public health purposes.” Before these provisions of the Act will be implemented, a framework for secondary use of My Health Record system data must be established.

Closing Date: 31 October 2017
Survey - Health Consumers Council WA, on behalf of the ACSQHC

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare would like information about your experience of requesting your medical records. This survey aims to gather information about the relevant hospitals or state health departments where you have encountered problems getting your records and/or you have been charged a fee.

Closing Date: 31 October 2017
Survey - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Western Australia
Factors influencing professional behaviours are poorly understood but critically important to understanding how health professionals make values based decisions and identifying strategies to improve professional behaviour. This survey is part of a thesis aims to explore the factors influencing judgements about medical students' professionalism behaviour.
Closing Date: 13 October 2017
Call for Submissions - Therapeutic Goods Administration

The TGA is seeking comments from interested parties on proposed changes to improve the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (the Code) and a possible framework for the advertising of pharmacist-only over the counter (Schedule 3) medicines to the public.

The consultation paper is available at

Closing Date: 6 October 2017
Call for Submissions - Senate Community Affairs References Committe

The Inquiry is looking at the availability and accessibility of diagnostic imaging equipment around Australia. Its terms of reference are:

Closing Date: 4 October 2017
Call for Submissions, Consultation, Survey - Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce

The MBS Review has released reports and recommendations on four areas for public consultation. The four areas are Endocrinology, Intensive Care and Emergency medicine. Pathology-endocrine tests and Cardiac Services.

Information on the reports and the consultation process is at

The consultation surveys close on 4 October 2017.