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Ministerial Direction

29 January 2020

On 29 January 2020, IHPA received a Ministerial Direction from the Hon. Greg Hunt under section 226(1) of the National Health Reform Act 2011.

The Direction requires that IHPA study existing and projected costs for Nationally Funded Centres (NFC) Program services, and to recommend options regarding: 

  • whether NFC services, individually and collectively, are more appropriately funded via Activity Based Funding (ABF) or block funding arrangements under the National Health Reform Agreement
  • the development and operation of cost models and pricing models for the NFC Program, covering both existing and potential future services delivered under the NFC Program.

In issuing this Direction, the Minister consulted with the Council of Australian Governments' Health Council (CHC).

IHPA will work with states and territories to provide an interim report about the study and options to the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council no later than 1 August 2020, and a final report to CHC no later than 31 January 2021.

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