National Hepatitis B Strategy 2010–2013

1.1 Roles and responsibilities of parties to this strategy

Page last updated: July 2010

While governments are the formal parties to this document, a partnership approach has been central to the development of this strategy. This has included significant consultation with, and input from, community organisations, researchers, clinicians and health sector workforce organisations. A number of people who contributed are members, or representative members, of the advisory committees detailed further below.

The priority actions identified in this strategy will be progressed through a continuation of this partnership between governments and the community sector, representing people with the infections and their communities, researchers, clinicians and health sector workforce organisations.

Leadership is provided by the Australian Government which works through the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference and its sub-committees to facilitate national policy formulation and coordination. The Blood Borne Virus and Sexually Transmissible Infections Sub-Committee of the Australian Population Health Development Principal Committee includes representatives of all governments as well as community based organisations. It provides expert advice to health ministers through the principal committee and the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council. The Australian Government further seeks advice from the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections.

These groups will work in the context of funding arrangements for the health system, reshaping existing policies and programs or extending them where possible. These funding arrangements are provided jointly by the Commonwealth and the states and territories under the National Healthcare Agreement, which is a Schedule to the Council of Australian Governments Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations (which came into effect on 1 January 2009). Related national partnership agreements provide the broad basis for funding reform in the Australian health system. The partnerships relevant to these strategies include the Indigenous Early Childhood Development Partnership and the National Essential Vaccines Partnership.

The Australian Government also funds community and professional organisations, and program delivery organisations and research centres to engage with, and build a knowledge base for, communities affected by BBVs and STIs—to put effective responses in place. The involvement of these organisations and research centres has helped develop the overall response to these health challenges.