Current Consultations

Research Australia regularly contributes to the policy discussions on issues pertinent to Health and Medical Research. This can be through submissions or participating in consultations.

The following lists both consultations and invitations to make submissions which are relevant to health and medical research and/or health and innovation policy in Australia. Research Australia updates this regularly but we may not participate in every one listed.

If you would like more information or you are aware of other consultations that should be included, please contact Greg Mullins, Head of Policy, Research Australia via email or phone (03) 9662 9420.

Please click the heading in the left hand column to access consultation information from the relevant website.

Consultation Details

SA Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Due 19 April

The South Australian Government is consulting on a draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2024. Research is officially ‘valued’ by the Strategy, and recognised as a key element informing clinical service design and delivery.


Elsewhere the strategy seeks to support ‘outstanding research, teaching and training opportunities’ for the health workforce.

Regulation of Medical Devices

Due: various dates through to 29 April

The TGA is undertaking a number of targeted consultations into different aspects for the regulation of medical devices, ranging from those in direct contact with the heart to devices enabling inhalation of medications.

Artificial Intelligence: Australia’s Ethics Framework

Due 31 May

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is consulting on an Ethics Framework for AI. While the Framework is society wide, AI is already making inroads in health technology and the delivery of services, and it is important that the eight principles and their application are appropriate to health and medical research.

The Discussion Paper lists seven specific questions/areas where feedback is sought.

Review of ANZ Standard Research Classification

Due: 7 June

The review of the ANZ SRC is intended to ensure the research classifications reflect current practice and remain responsive to change in the sector.

A joint Discussion Paper setting out the purpose and scope of the review, and providing a number of questions to guide discussion is available from the website.

Primary Care Data Asset


Due: 30 May


The AIHW is developing a Primary Care Data Asset to support the reporting of key primary health care indicators, resulting in a better understanding of patient outcomes, from diagnosis, treatment and experiences within the healthcare system.

It is recently concluded a targeted consultation and has now opened a public consultation process, seeking electronic submissions.

Emerging Treatments- Regulation


Due: 30 June

The Medical Practitioners Board is consulting on the regulation of medical practitioners who provide complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments. While excluding treatments in clinical trials, it includes treatments like stem cells, where unproven treatments are marketed and undertaken by medical practitioners. A consultation paper is available from the website.