Summary of Meeting 5 of the Rehabilitation Sub-Group 27 September 2018

This page contains the meeting summary for the Rehabilitation sub-group.

Page last updated: 31 October 2018

Summary of Meeting 5 of the Rehabilitation Sub-Group 27 September 2018 (PDF 125 KB)


MembersSecretariat and Invited guests
Dr Andrew Singer, ChairSusan Azmi, Secretariat
Jo Root, Consumers Health ForumPauline Dusink, Secretariat
Ian Watts, Australian Physiotherapy AssociationDavid Whelan, Secretariat
Kendall Shearer, Occupational Therapy AustraliaTony Podpera, Secretariat
Dr Stephen de Graaff, Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Dr Jui Tham, Australian Health Services Alliance
Michelle Somlyay, Catholic Health Australia
John Biviano, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Lucy Cheetham, Australian Private Hospitals Association
Associate Professor Graham Mercer, Australian Medical Association
Rebecca Bell, Medibank Private


Andrew McLaren, Medibank Private
Matthew Mackay, Royal Rehab
Dr Sarah Barras, Australian Health Service Alliance

1. Welcome, introductions, and conflicts of interest

  • The Chair opened the meeting and provided members a brief overview of the issues to be considered at the meeting.
  • Members did not declare any new conflicts.

2. Reform update

  • The sub-group was informed that the Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment Act 2018 had received Royal Assent on 21 September 2018 and that associated subordinate legislation was being finalised.

3. Feedback from the Improved Models of Care Sub-committee

  • The sub-group discussed the feedback from IMOC on their developing a draft report, in particular with regards to principles and options.

4. Rehabilitation Sub-group draft final report

  • Significant discussion took place around the draft final report of the Rehabilitation sub-group to the Improved Models of Care Working Group.
  • The sub-group discussed the ongoing issue of how to define what rehabilitation is and the elements which comprise it, including issues such as settings and multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary care.
  • The sub-group noted that smaller and non-medical rehabilitation service providers were often not represented in data and the services they provided were not always addressed by current regulatory and accreditation mechanisms.

5. Draft literature review

  • The sub-group considered the literature review presented by the secretariat. The sub-group noted that the quality of available research in some areas of rehabilitation is lacking and that it may not be appropriate to draw conclusions and make recommendations on the basis of that research.

6. Other business and thanks