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Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC)

AHMAC is the advisory body to the COAG Health Council. It operates to deliver health services more efficiently through a coordinated or joint approach on matters of mutual interest. The AHMAC is responsible for providing effective and efficient support to the COAG Health Council. It advises on strategic issues relating to the coordination of health services across the nation and operates as a national forum for planning, information sharing and innovation.


The Council of Australian Governments is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia, comprising the Prime Minister, state premiers, territory chief ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association. On 29 May 2020, the Prime Minister announced that COAG would be replaced by a new National Federation Reform Council (NFRC), with National Cabinet at the centre of the NFRC. See www.coag.gov.au for more information.

COAG Health Council

The COAG Health Council comprises all Australian health ministers and provides a forum for continued cooperation on health issues, especially primary and secondary care, and considers increasing cost pressures. The role of the COAG Health Council is currently under review.

full-time equivalent (staff numbers)

A standard measure of the number of workers in an organisation, profession or occupation that also takes into account the number of hours each person works. During 2019–20, AIHW staff members considered full-time worked 37 hours and 5 minutes per week.

Health Services Principal Committee (HSPC)

HSPC advises AHMAC on health services reform that requires national collaboration. In addition, HSPC promotes national population health initiatives to improve key interfaces between national and state and territory funding and management of services, particularly: primary/acute hospital interface, care of older persons and the public/ private interface.

Indigenous (person)

A person of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Indigenous status (of a person)

Whether a person identifies as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.