Incoming Government Briefing: Volume 3 Portfolio Guide

Advisory Bodies - Statutory and Non-Statutory Advisory Bodies - 1

Page last updated: 08 September 2010

Division
Advisory Body
Statutory/Non-Statutory Body
Description
Divisional Contact for Further Info
Office of Health ProtectionAdvisory Group on Chemical Safety (AGCS)Non-StatutoryThe AGCS consists of independent experts in toxicology, public or occupational health and chemicals risk assessment who provide expert advice on human health matters relating to the safety and use of agricultural, veterinary, industrial, domestic and cosmetic chemicals.Julian O'Dea
Departmental Officer
OCS & Environment Health
(02) 6160 3249
Office of Health ProtectionAustralian (Counter) Bioterrorism Laboratory Network (ABLN)Non-StatutoryThe Network comprises representatives from jurisdictional and law enforcement laboratories as well as National agencies. The role of the ABLN is to establish, maintain and expand collaborative links between human public health and law enforcement laboratories at a technical level to advise on issues relating to detection and characterisation of biological agents with weapons potential. The ABLN is co-chaired by the Department of Health and Ageing and the Public Health Laboratory Network.Letitia Toms
Director
(02) 6289 7477
Nicole Hutchins
Alg Assistant Director
(02) 6289 4928
Health Emergency
Management Branch
Office of Health ProtectionAustralian Government Advisory Committee (WHO Influenza Collaborating Centre)Non-StatutoryThe Committee oversees the work program of the WHO Collaborating Centre for
Reference and Research on Influenza and provides a line of accountability for the expenditure of Commonwealth funds under the Funding Agreement with Melbourne Health (trading as the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory- VIDRL) for the operation of the Centre.
Letitia Toms
Director
(02) 6289 7477
Nicole Hutchins
Alg Assistant Director
(02) 6289 4928
Health Emergency
Management Branch
Office of Health ProtectionAustralian Health Protection CommitteeNon-StatutoryThe AHPC coordinates the inter-jurisdictional health emergency response and provides health policy advice on the prevention, control and management of communicable disease outbreaks, biosecurity and mass casualty events and environmental health threats. Membership of the Committee, which is chaired by a Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing, includes the CMO, the chief health officers of the states and territories, and representatives of the key government organisations involved in emergency management and response.Fay Holden Assistant Secretary
(02) 2689 2626
Tracy Gurnett
Director
(02) 6289 2755
Health Protection Policy Branch
Office of Health ProtectionAustralian Health Protection Committee National Immunisation Committee Non-StatutoryThis working group provides operational advice to the Australian Health
Protection Committee on pandemic vaccine distribution and administration.
Ingrid Mayer
A/Director
Health Protection Policy
Branch
(02) 6289 2611
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Advisory Body
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Description
Divisional Contact for Further Info
Office of Health ProtectionAustralian CJD Incident PanelNon-StatutoryThe Australian CJD Incident Panel assists individual State and Territory Health Authorities and/or health care practitioners to consider the most appropriate actions to take to handle incidents involving potential transmission of Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) between patients through clinical interventions, including via surgical instruments, dental instruments, tissues, organs and blood and to keep the relevant health authorities informed. The CJD Registry is the secretariat for this committee, which meets only went required.Margaret Curran
Director
Surveillance Branch
(02) 6289 2726
Office of Health ProtectionAustralian Technical Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)Non-StatutoryATAGI key role is to provide advice on technical matters relating to the medical administration of vaccines available in Australia, including those funded under the National Immunisation Program (NIP). It also considers vaccines likely to be approved in Australia and liaises with bodies responsible for the safe and effective implementation of the NIP including the advises the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC).Angela Mckinnon
Director
Immunisation Policy Section
Immunisation Branch
(02) 6289 8144
Office of Health ProtectionBlood Borne Virus and Sexually Transmissible Infections Subcommittee (BBVSS) of APHDPCNon-StatutoryThe BBVSS is the key advisory body to the Australian Population Health Development Principal Committee (APHDPC) on policy, programs, social issues and activities related to HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections (STIs). The subcommittee comprises representatives from the Commonwealth and state and territory governments and the community sector.Ms Megan Parrish
Director BBVS Policy
(02) 6289 8512
Office of Health ProtectionChief Medical Officer's Expert Advisory Group Non-StatutoryThe Expert Advisory Group provides advice to the Chief Medical Officer regarding pandemic phase.Ingrid Mayer
A/Director
Health Protection Policy
Branch
(02) 6289 2611
Office of Health ProtectionChief Medical Officer's Scientific Influenza Advisory Group (SIAG)Non-StatutoryThe CMO SlAG provides medical, scientific and evidence based advice to the Chief Medical Officer and the Department regarding pandemic influenzaIngrid Mayer
A/Director
Health Protection Policy
Branch
(02) 6289 2611
Office of Health ProtectionChief Medical Officer's Vaccine Advisory Group (VAG)Non-StatutoryThe CMO VAG provides scientific and technical advice to the Chief Medical
Officer and the Department regarding pandemic influenza vaccine policy issues.
Ingrid Mayer
A/Director
Health Protection Policy
Branch
(02) 6289 2611
Office of Health ProtectionCommunicable Diseases Network Australia Sub-committee- Case Definitions Working Group (CDWG)Non-StatutoryThe CDWG is a sub-committee of the Communicable Diseases Network Australia. CDWG was established to develop and review case definitions for nationally notifiable diseases.Ian McKay
Director
Systems & Coordination
Section
(02) 6289 2745
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Advisory Body
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Description
Divisional Contact for Further Info
Office of Health ProtectionCommunicable Disease Network Australia Subcommittee- Enhanced Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance Working GroupNon-StatutoryThe Working Group monitors trends in national IPD data.Rhonda Owen
Director
Vaccine Preventable
Diseases Surveillance section
(02) 6289 2740
Office of Health ProtectionCommunicable Disease Network Australia Subcommittee- Meningococcal Disease CommitteeNon-StatutoryThe Meningococcal Disease Committee provides expert advice for the management of meningococcal disease in Australia and New Zealand.Sally Goodspeed
Assistant Secretary Surveillance Branch
(02) 6289 2701
Office of Health ProtectionCommunicable Disease Network Australia Subcommittee- National Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Surveillance CommitteeNon-StatutoryThe Surveillance Committee monitors and evaluates the pattern of transmission of blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections in Australia and in sub-populations at risk through routine case reporting and other methods of surveillance. Rhonda Owen
Director
Vaccine Preventable
Diseases Surveillance section
(02) 6289 2740
Office of Health ProtectionCommunicable Disease Network Australia Subcommittee- National Surveillance Committee (NSC)Non-StatutoryThe NSC is a sub-committee of the Communicable Disease Network Australia. NSC was established in 2002, with the aim to improve the quality and completeness of data in states & territories.Ian McKay
Chairperson
Director
Systems & Coordination Section
(02) 6289 2745
Office of Health ProtectionCommunicable Disease Network Australia Subcommittee - National Tuberculosis Advisory CommitteeNon-StatutoryThe Committee provides strategic, expert advice to CDNA on a coordinated national and international approach to TB control and prevention; and develops and reviews nationally agreed guidelines, strategic and implementation plans for the control of TB in Australia.Rhonda Owen
Director
Vaccine Preventable
Diseases Surveillance section
(02) 6289 2740
Office of Health ProtectionCommunicable Disease Network Australia Subcommittee- Seasonal Influenza Surveillance Strategy Working Group (SISSWG)Non-StatutoryThe overall purpose of the SISSWG is to improve national seasonal influenza surveillance to better inform stakeholders of seasonal influenza activity and better prepare existing surveillance systems for future influenza.Rhonda Owen
Director
Vaccine Preventable
Diseases Surveillance section
(02) 6289 2740
Office of Health ProtectionCommunicable Diseases Intelligence (CDI) Editorial Advisory BoardNon-StatutoryThe CDI Editorial Advisory Board members are advocates for the Department's peer reviewed journal CDI in the broader community. The Board provides expert advice to the editor and editorial staff on issues relating to the objectives, content, development and continued enhancement of CDI.Dr Jeremy McAnulty
Chairperson Communicable Disease Branch
NSW Health Department
(02) 9391 9192
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Advisory Body
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Description
Divisional Contact for Further Info
Office of Health ProtectionCommunicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) Non-StatutoryCDNA, a sub-committee of the AHPC, provides national public health advice and coordination on communicable disease surveillance, prevention, control and offers strategic advice to governments and other key bodies on public health actions to minimise the impact of communicable diseases in Australia and the region.Sally Goodspeed
Assistant Secretary
(02) 2689 2701
Linda McDonell
CDNA Secretariat
(02) 6289 2638
Health Protection Policy Branch
Office of Health ProtectionEnvironmental Health Committee
(enHealth)
Non-StatutoryenHealth, a sub-committee of the AHPC, provides nationally agreed environmental health policy advice by coordinating and facilitating best available evidence to AHMAC through the AHPC. The Committee has three working groups on air, toxicology and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health.Graeme Barden
Assistant Secretary
(02) 2689 7442
George Lemon
enHealth Secretariat
(02) 6289 2637
Office of Health ProtectionHealth All Hazards Working Group (HAHWG)Non-StatutoryHAHWG, a working group of the AHPC, addresses the operational aspects of disaster medicine and health emergency management in an all hazards context with a focus on preparedness and response in the Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery paradigm.Dr Gary Lum
Assistant Secretary
(02) 6289 4656
Roberta Liddell
Departmental Officer
(02) 6289 2640
Health Protection Policy Branch
Office of Health ProtectionHealth Infrastructure Assurance
Advisory Group (HIAAG)
Non-StatutoryHIAAG is a component of the Australian Government's Trusted Information Sharing Network (TISN) which allows owners and operators of critical health infrastructure to share information on important issues such as threats to, and vulnerabilities in the health system, and advice on protection of key health infrastructure.Abha Bedi
Director
Health Protection Policy Branch
(02) 6289 8481
Office of Health ProtectionImplementation Advisory and
Consultative Committee (IACC)
Non-StatutoryThe IACC provides advice to the Department on the development and implementation of the Security Sensitive Biological Agents Regulatory Scheme. The IACC is chaired by the Department of Health and Ageing.Letitia Toms
Director
(02) 6289 7477
Emily Gearside
Departmental Officer
(02) 6289 5109
Health Emergency Management Branch
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Advisory Body
Statutory/Non-Statutory Body
Description
Divisional Contact for Further Info
Office of Health ProtectionInter-jurisdictional Pandemic
Planners Working Group (IPPWG)
Non-StatutoryA Working Group of the AHPC chaired by the Department of Health and Ageing with membership of jurisdictional health representatives with aim to further integrate jurisdictional plans with national health priorities and frame works
under which to operate during a pandemic.
Ingrid Mayer
A/g Director
Health Protection Policy Branch
(02) 6289 2611
Office of Health ProtectionMinisterial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections (MACBBVS)Non-StatutoryMACBBVS is the Australian Government's key advisory body on the national response to and management of blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections, including HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, chlamydia and other sexually transmissible infections.Ms Megan Parrish
Director BBVS Policy
(02) 6289 8512
Office of Health ProtectionNational CJD Incidents PanelNon-StatutoryThe Panel provides scientific advice on the infection control and prevention of transmission of Creutzfelt-Jakob Disease from cases identified in Australia.Margaret Curran
Director
Surveillance Branch
(02) 6289 2726
Office of Health ProtectionNational Immunisation CommitteeNon-StatutoryThe Committee provides a forum for all Governments to discuss program related issues for the supply and implementation of the National Immunisation Program.Angela McKinnon
Director
Immunisation Branch
(02) 6289 8144
Role: Secretariat
Office of Health ProtectionNational Influenza Co-ordinators
Network
Non-StatutoryThe Network facilitates communication between the Department & influenza surveillance officers in the states and territories and the Australian Sentinel Practice Research Network.Ian McKay
Director
Surveillance Branch
(02) 6289 2745
Office of Health ProtectionOzFoodNetNon-StatutoryOzFoodNet oversees national foodborne disease surveillance and facilitates communication between state, territory and national public health authorities on foodborne disease issues. Co-ordinates multi-jurisdictional foodborne disease outbreak investigations.Katrina Knope
Surveillance Branch
(02) 6289 2739
Office of Health ProtectionPolio Expert CommitteeNon-StatutoryThe Committee classifies cases of acute flaccid paralysis according to the WHO Certification of Global Polio Eradication.Rhonda Owen
Director
Vaccine Preventable
Diseases Surveillance section
(02) 6289 2740
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Description
Divisional Contact for Further Info
Office of Health ProtectionPublic Health Laboratory Network (PHLN)Non-StatutoryPHLN, a sub-committee of the AHPC, provides strategic advice and shares expertise at the national level in order to enhance the national capacity for laboratory based detection and surveillance of agents and vectors of communicable diseases in Australia.Dr GaryLum
Assistant Secretary
(02) 6289 4656
Tracy Gurnett
Director of AHPC Coordination Unit
(02) 6289 2755
Health Protection Policy Branch
Office of Health ProtectionTorres Strait Cross Border Health Issues Committee (HIC)Non-StatutoryThe HIC was established in 2003 under the Joint Advisory Council (JAC) of the Torres Strait Treaty to improve collaborative health service activity in the cross border region. HIC also responds to concerns about communicable disease risks arising from the movement of people under the Treaty and the burden on Queensland health services. The HIC reports to the JAC.

The HIC is chaired by the Department and comprises representatives from Australian Government agencies and authorities (including DoHA, DFAT, DIAC, AQIS, Customs, AusAID and TSRA) Queensland Government agencies, Torres Strait communities and health service providers, and agencies of the Government of Papua New Guinea. While health is not strictly considered to be a traditional activity under the Treaty, treatment is often provided for humanitarian and public health reasons.
Mr Michael Cass
Director
Health Risk Strategies
(02) 6289 2641
Ms Fay Holden
Assistant Secretary
(02) 6289 2626
Office of Health ProtectionNational Arbovirus and Malaria Advisory CommitteeNon-StatutoryThe Committee is required to make recommendations on arbovirus and malaria surveillance, strategic arbovirus and malaria disease management and vector control. The Committee is also required to provide expert technical advice to the Australian Health Protection Committee (AHPC) on arboviruses and malaria and to assist in the detection, management and control of real or potential outbreaks
of arboviral and malarial disease.
Margaret Curran
Director
Surveillance Branch
(02) 6289 2726
Office of Health ProtectionAdvisory Committee on Chemicals
Scheduling (ACCS)
Non-StatutoryThe ACCS is responsible for providing advice on the classification and scheduling of substances (apart from those for human therapeutic use) to the Secretary (or her delegate). The Secretary (or her delegate) is responsible for determining the classification and scheduling of substances. Scheduling decisions made by the delegates are included in the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP) which is given legal effect through state and territory drugs, poisons and controlled substances legislation.Dr Donald Ward
Director
Chemical Policy and Scheduling Secretariat
(02) 6289 2662
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Advisory Body
Statutory/Non-Statutory Body
Description
Divisional Contact for Further Info
Primary and Ambulatory Care National e-Health and Information Principal Committee (NEHIPC)Non-StatutoryNEHIPC has been established by AHMAC to provide advice on national health information requirements and related technology planning and management requirements. The role of NEHIPC is to advise AHMAC on eHealth and information strategies and to facilitate collaboration between the Commonwealth, states and territories to implement these strategies.Carmel Wilson
Director
National Partnerships and Strategies Section eHealth Branch
(02) 6289 4412
Pharmaceutical BenefitsNational Epidermolysis Bullosa Dressing Scheme Clinical Advisory CommitteeNon-StatutoryThe Committee consists of clinical experts in inherited bullosa skin disorders and was established in 2009. The Committee provides advice to the Department on dressings for subsidy under the National Epidermolysis Bullosa Dressing Scheme, clinical guidelines on the usage of the dressings and eligibility for access to the Scheme.Chris Bedford
Director
Pharmaceutical Aids and Appliances Section
(02) 6289 2405
Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HealthNational Indigenous Health Equality CouncilNon-StatutoryThe Council was established by the Government in 2008 to provide national leadership in responding to Government's commitment to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage by providing advice to Government on working towards the provision of equitable and sustainable health outcomes for Indigenous Australians.Ms Kate Coffey
Director
NIHEC Secretariat
(02) 6289 7341
Office of Health ProtectionNational Influenza Co-ordinators NetworkNon-StatutoryThe Network facilitates communication between the Department & influenza surveillance officers in the states and territories and the Australian Sentinel Practice Research Network.Ian McKay
Director
Surveillance Branch
(02) 6289 2745
Acute CareNational Joint Replacement Registry (NJRR)Non-StatutoryThe purpose of the NJRR is to define, improve and maintain the quality of care of individuals receiving joint replacement surgery. It achieves this by collecting a defined minimum data set from all hospitals (public and private) undertaking joint replacement. This enables outcomes to be determined on the basis of patient characteristics, prosthesis type and features, method of prosthesis fixation and surgical technique used. The principal measure of outcome is revision surgery. This information is used to inform surgeons, other health care professionals, governments, orthopaedic companies and the community about the outcomes of joint replacement surgeries and to influence the quality and performance of joint replacement in Australia.Penny Shakespeare
Assistant Secretary
Private Health Insurance Branch
(02) 6289 9490
Mental Health and Chronic DiseaseNational Media and Mental Health GroupNon-StatutoryThe Group was established in 2000 to provide advice on activities relating to the Mindframe National Media Initiative and strategies to address the way the media report on and portray issues relating to suicide and mental illness.Chris Killick-Moran
Director
Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Programs Branch (02) 6289 7329
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Advisory Body
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Description
Divisional Contact for Further Info
Acute CareThe National Oral Health Plan Monitoring GroupNon-StatutoryThe Group reports to AHMAC through the Australian Population Health Development Principal Committee (APHDPC). The National Oral Health Plan 2004-2013 was endorsed by AHMC in 2004 and the Group assists the APHDPC/AHMAC meet the AHMC requirement for an annual report in the Plan's implementation. Representation on the Group includes the Commonwealth, all states and territories and the Australian Dental Association.Veronica Hancock
Assistant Secretary
Medical Indemnity and Dental Branch
(02) 6289 3151
Population HealthNational Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health Implementation Working GroupNon-StatutoryThe Working Group is a time-limited cross-jurisdictional forum to ensure the planning and coordination of implementation arrangements for the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH). Specific responsibilities include preparation of the NPAPH National Implementation Plan, oversighting the development of national and jurisdictional implementation plans; development of mechanisms for ongoing coordination of, and reporting, on implementation; and advising the Australian Health Ministers' Conference through Minister for Health and Ageing on implementation progress.Erica Kneipp
Director
National Partnership Unit (Preventive Health) Healthy Living Branch
(02) 6289 1659
Medical. BenefitsNational Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC)Non-StatutoryNPAAC is a ministerially appointed council established by an Order made by the Governor-General. The Council was established to advise the Commonwealth, state and territory Ministers on matters relating to the accreditation of pathology laboratories, including the responsibility for developing and maintaining uniform standards of practice in Australian Pathology Laboratories. Meetings are held twice a year.Debbie Stanford
Director
Diagnostic Services Branch
(02) 6289 4038
Population HealthNational Preventative Health TaskforceNon-StatutoryThe Taskforce was established in April 2008 to develop a National Preventative Health Strategy as a blueprint for tackling the burden of chronic disease currently caused by obesity, tobacco, and excessive consumption of alcohol. The Taskforce provided the Strategy to Government on 30 June 2009 and it was publicly released on 1 September 2009Ruth Richards
A/g Director
Policy Section
Population Health Strategy Unit
(02) 6289 8293
Population HealthNational Sport and Recreation
Development Council
Non-StatutoryThe Council seeks to affect a more consistent and cooperative approach to sport and recreation delivery in Australia. The Council provides advice and reports to the Standing Committee Recreation and Sport I Sport and Recreation Ministers' Council on sport and recreation strategic issues, priorities and considered solutions/strategies impacting on sport and development in Australia.Bill Rowe
Assistant Secretary
Sport Branch
(02) 6289 5526
NICNASNICNAS Community Engagement Forum (CEF)Non-StatutoryThe CEF provides advice to NICNAS on improving public access to chemical safety information through implementation of a Community Engagement Charter. The CEF consists of two members representing the interests of each of the following - the environment, public health and worker safety.Justin Roberts
NICNAS
(02) 8577 8833
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Advisory Body
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Description
Divisional Contact for Further Info
NICNASNICNAS Cosmetic Advisory GroupNon-StatutoryThe Advisory Group provides advice to the Director NICNAS on amendments/updates to the NICNAS Cosmetic Standard and the associated Cosmetic Guidelines, to ensure consistency with contemporary practices.Hana Hamdan
NICNAS
(02) 8577 8555
NICNASNICNAS Existing Chemicals Program Reform -Implementation Steering Group and Technical Working PartyNon-StatutoryThe Group and Technical Working party provide guidance to NICNAS on strategies to implement the recommendations in the Final Report of the NICNAS Existing Chemicals Program Review.Matt Gredley
NICNAS
(02) 8577 8873
NICNASNICNAS Industry Engagement GroupNon-StatutoryThe Group provides a forum for considering technical issues relating to the regulation of industrial chemicals.Hana Hamdan
NICNAS
(02) 8577 8555
NICNASNICNAS Industry Government Consultative Committee (IGCC)Non-StatutoryThe IGCC reviews the utilisation of resources against NICNAS objectives. The committee consists of four Government representatives and four industry representatives. The industry representatives are one from the following organisations- ACCORD Australasia, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australian Paint Manufacturers Federation, Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association.Nick Miller
NICNAS
(02) 8577 8810
NICNASNICNAS Nanotechnology Advisory GroupNon-StatutoryThe Advisory Group provides advice to NICNAS on measures that it can take to ensure the NICNAS regulatory framework can manage any risks arising from industrial nanomaterials.Roshini .Jayewardene
NICNAS
(02) 8577 8860
NICNASNICNAS Technical Advisory Group Non-StatutoryThe Technical Advisory Group provides advice to NICNAS on managing the confidential listing of chemicals on the Australian Inventory of Chemical
Substances.
Matt Gredley
NICNAS
(02) 8577 8873
NICNASNICNAS/States and Territories Memorandum (MOU) GroupNon-StatutoryThe States and Territories MOU Group exists as a conduit for the free flow of information and needs between states and territories and NICNAS on occupational health and safety, environmental and health matters relating to the use of chemicals in Australia.Lewis Norman
NICNAS
(02) 8577 8854
Health Workforce Nurse Practitioner Advisory Group (NPAG)Non-StatutoryNPAG provides advise and expert info to the department on issues relating to the implementation to the 2009/10 NP Budget Measure- expanding NP Workforce.Mary McLarty
Senior Director NAIWB
(02) 6289 4192
Health Workforce Nursing and Midwifery Stakeholder Reference GroupNon-StatutoryThe Reference Group was established in 2008 to support the role of the Chief
Nursing and Midwifery Officer and advise on nursing issues.
Stephanie Dakin
Policy Officer
(02) 6289 1698
Pharmaceutical BenefitsNutritional Products Working PartyNon-StatutoryThe Working Party provides expert advice to the PBAC about submissions to list nutritional products on the PBS and advice about the wording of restrictions applying to the PBS listing of new and currently listed nutritional products.Bernadette Cappello
Departmental Officer Pharmaceutical Evaluation Branch