Closing date: close of business midnight AEST on Sunday 23 September 2018

 

Consumers Health Forum of Australia

The Dental Benefits Act 2008 (the Act) is the mechanism under which the Australian Government pays benefits for dental services to eligible dental patients. The Act provides a legal framework for the Child Dental Benefit Schedule. Section 68 stipulates that the Minister for Health must cause an independent review of the operation of the Act to be undertaken as soon as possible after the first anniversary of the commencement of the Act; and further independent reviews as soon as practicable after the Act’s third anniversary and at three yearly intervals thereafter. Section 68 of the Act requires the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) to nominate a consumer representative to participate In the Review Committee.

The Review Committee comprises of the following persons:

  • person occupying the position of Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer;
  • a person nominated by the Australian Dental Association;
  • a person nominated by the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia; and
  • two other persons nominated by the Minister, at least one of whom must have qualifications in medicine or dentistry.

The Review Committee will undertake the fourth independent review of the Dental Benefits Act 2008 (the Act) and will assess the practical operation of the Act in regard to access and delivery of services, including an assessment of:

  • eligibility notification and confirmation processes;
  • claiming processes; and
  • the Informed Financial Consent regime.

The Review Committee may also consider opportunities to improve the operation and administration of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule to allow for the most efficient, effective and sustainable delivery of dental benefits and services.

Role of the Consumer

The work of the Review Committee will consist of meetings in Canberra plus out of session work as necessary from October 2018, with the report provided to the Minister of Health In early 2019. Meeting dates have yet to be confirmed. Please note that travel costs and sitting fees will be covered by the Department of Health for this work.

How to apply

CHF invites expressions of interest from consumer representatives by midnight AEST on Sunday 23 September 2018. The details of two consumer representatives will be forwarded to the Minister of Health for possible appointment. 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 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.

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