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Medicines Australia - Code of Conduct Appeals Committee

Medicines Australia is the peak industry body representing Australian research-based pharmaceutical companies. The Code of Conduct (the Code) sets out standards of conduct for pharmaceutical companies engaging in the marketing of prescription medicines products.  Code provisions include standards for appropriate advertising, the behaviour of medical representatives and relationships with health care professionals.  The Code of Conduct Committee considers a range of complaints, and applies penalties and sanctions if the complaint is found to be substantiated. The Code of Conduct Committee makes the initial decision on such complaints.  If there is an appeal against a decision of the Code of Conduct Committee, the Appeals Committee adjudicates on the appeal.

Nominations/renominations are now due for the Code of Conduct Appeals Committee. CHF thanks current consumer representative, Judith Maher, for her  work over many years in providing a consumer perspective to this committee. The appointment is for a three year term from 31 July 2019 to 30 June 2022.  The Code of Conduct Appeals Committee meets in Sydney as required when an appeal is received. The agenda comprises of the written complaint and a written response from the subject company, and the papers that were presented to the Code of Conduct Committee together with written appeal and response documents. Matters before the Committee can vary from relatively short papers to more extensive argument with supporting references. 

CHF invites expressions of interest from consumer representatives by midnight AEST on Sunday 11 August 2019. Interested consumer representatives will need to:

  • Complete a CHF nomination form available online at https://chf.org.au/representation/forms/consumer-representative-nomination-form
  • Attach a letter of endorsement from a supporting health consumer organisation and/or provide sound demonstration of your links with a consumer base. This information ensures that consumer representatives are accountable to consumers. Please note that the health consumer group need not be a CHF member. This process ensures consumer representatives are placed with the confidence of consumers and have in place a consultative base enabling reps to draw from and report to consumers
  • Attach a short CV (no longer than two pages) in pdf format which may be forwarded to Medicines Australia.  Please note that consumers interested in nominating should include with their CV details of membership of Advisory Boards or any associations with individual pharmaceutical companies to ensure no conflict of interest with complaints or companies as sanctioned under the provisions of the Code.

Please contact Ghislaine Martin on 02 6273 5444 or via email at g.martin@chf.org.au  should you have any queries.

Expressions of interest close at midnight AEST on Sunday 11 August 2019.

Department of Health - Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel (NTREAP)

The Department of Health released the Terms of Reference for the updated Review of Health Fund rebates. The proposal includes a two-stage review process commencing with Naturopathy, Western Herbalism, Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and Shiatsu; followed by Alexander Technique, Aromatherapy, Bowen Therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, Homeopathy, Iridology, Kinesiology, Reflexology and Rolfing.

The NTREAP will assess any additional evidence of the clinical effectiveness of the 16 therapies published since the 2014-15 review as well as any high-quality evidence not included in the 2014-15 review. The research evidence provided by the NTREAP will be reviewed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) including:

  • any evidence identified by Panel members; and
  • any other evidence submitted to Panel members;

The Department of Health is seeking nominations for membership of the Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel (NTREAP), members will be appointed for their expertise, rather than as representatives of organisations. Nominees should have expertise in research/evaluation of scientific evidence of clinical effectiveness and/or experience in practice in the relevant natural therapies. Potential members should be available for meetings in Canberra between August 2019 and June 2020.  The frequency and date of meetings to be confirmed.  Sitting fees and travel costs for meetings will be covered by the Department of Health.

CHF invites expressions of interest from consumer representatives by midnight AEST on Monday 5 August 2019. Your details will be forwarded to the Department of Health for the Chief Medical Officer’s consideration for possible appointment to the NTREAP.  Interested consumer representatives will need to:

  • Complete a CHF nomination form available online at https://chf.org.au/representation/forms/consumer-representative-nomination-form
  • Attach a letter of endorsement from a supporting health consumer organisation and/or provide sound demonstration of your links with a consumer base. This information ensures that consumer representatives are accountable to consumers. Please note that the health consumer group need not be a CHF member. This process ensures consumer representatives are placed with the confidence of consumers and have in place a consultative base enabling reps to draw from and report to consumers
  • Attach a one-page CV in pdf format to be forwarded to the Department of Health.

Please contact Ghislaine Martin on 02 6273 5444 or via email at g.martin@chf.org.au  should you have any queries.

Expressions of interest close at midnight AEST on Monday 5 August 2019

 

Dental Health Week

Dental Health Week, which takes place this year from 5 to 11 August, is the Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral health promotion event. Its aim is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health. 

This year’s campaign is titled “How’s your oral health tracking?” and encourages people to take the time to think about and improve their oral hygiene routines, diet and dental visits by promoting these key messages:
 
•    Brush twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
•    Clean in between teeth at least once a day with floss or an interdental brush.
•    Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit sugar intake.
•    Regularly visit the dentist for check-ups and preventive treatment.

Various Resources can be found here

The Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) - ATMS Complaints Committee

When the ATMS receives complaints about ATMS Members from clients and private health insurance funds, the complaints are assessed by the ATMS Complaints Committee against the ATMS Code of Conduct.   Where the complaint is upheld, the ATMS Complaints Committee, then makes recommendations to the ATMS Board to impose sanctions on the recipient of the complaint.

To assist in the complaints handling process, the ATMS is looking for a consumer representative to join the ATMS Complaints Committee as a non-Director member. The appointment is for a twelve-months term.  The workload will consist of approximately four meetings a year, most of which will be conducted be via teleconference. On the rare occasion meetings are held face to face the meetings will take place in Sydney.  The next meeting is expected to take place within the next couple of months, the date has not yet been set as is determined by the number of complaints received.  Please note sitting fees at remuneration tribunal rates and travel costs will be covered by the ATMS for this work.

Applications to join the ATMS Complaints Committee are currently open until close of business on Friday 26 July 2019. To apply, please submit the following via email to the Chair of the ATMS Complaints Committee, Robert Medhurst, at medhurstr@yahoo.com:

• a letter of endorsement verifying experience and links to a health consumer group

• A CV in pdf format

Expressions of interest close COB on Friday 26 July 2019

Optometry Australia - Entry-level Competency Standards for Optometry 2020 - Steering Committee

Optometry Australia is undertaking a full review of the entry-level competencies for optometrists. The review will examine both the structure of the competencies as well as the content to ensure they are fit for purpose. Two of the primary uses of competency standards is in the accreditation of courses, and in the assessment of applicants that have been trained in countries other than Australia and New Zealand.  The steering committee will provide guidance on the process for the review of the entry-level competency standards. 

Optometry Australia is seeking a consumer representative to join the Steering Committee to provide guidance on the development and structure of the competencies and the processes for stakeholder engagement.

The appointment is for a twelve month term.  The work will consist of up to two half-day face to face meetings in Melbourne plus four teleconferences (60-90mins).  The next meeting is anticipated to take place on 1 August 2019.  Please note that Optometry Australia will cover travel costs and pay sitting fees for this work.

Applications to join the Entry-level Competency Standards for Optometry 2020 - Steering Committee are currently open until close of business on Friday 26 July 2019. To apply, please email the following to Policy Advisor at Optometry Australia, Mr Ben Hamlyn at b.hamlyn@optometry.org.au

• a letter of endorsement verifying experience and links to a health consumer group

• A CV in pdf format

Please contact Ben Hamlyn at Optometry Australia on (03) 9668 8540 should you have any queries.

Expressions of interest close COB on Friday 26 July 2019

Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) - Dietetic Credentialing Council (DCC)

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is the peak body for dietetic and nutrition professionals, representing more than 7,000 members around Australia and overseas. The Dietetic Credentialing Council (DCC) is an independent Council responsible for the regulatory framework for the dietetic profession in Australia. In fulfilling its function, it provides recommendations to the DAA Board and has been delegated responsibility for making decisions regarding the APD program. DCC acts to ensure dietetic credentialing and regulation processes are efficient, effective, equitable, accountable and transparent and to ensure public safety, quality and professional standards.

The DAA is seeking a consumer representative to join the DCC to assist in overseeing all aspects related to the maintenance and development of regulatory standards, codes and guidelines and their implementation.  More information is available in the Terms of Reference.

The appointment is for a two-year term. The work will consist of two face to face meetings in Sydney plus monthly teleconferences.  The next meeting is anticipated to take place on 10 September 2019.  Please note that the DAA will cover travel costs and pay sitting fees for this work.

Applications to join the Dietetic Credentialing Council are currently open until close of business on Wednesday 31 July 2019. To apply, please email the following to Credentialing Manager at the DAA, Ms Julia Schindlmayr at credentialing@daa.asn.au.

• a letter of endorsement verifying experience and links to a health consumer group

• A CV in pdf format

Please contact Julia Schindlmayr at the Dietitians Association of Australia on (02) 6189 1210 should you have any queries.

Expressions of interest close COB on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

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