Category: Community Consultation

Consultation: Increased online access to ingredient information – closes 10 October 2019

The TGA is seeking feedback on a proposal to publish the names of excipient ingredients used in therapeutic goods in the public view of the Australian Register for Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

TGA is responding to consumer frustrations that they cannot easily access this information through existing mechanisms. By making this information available in the public ARTG view, which is available on the TGA website, it hopes to help consumers make more informed and safer choices about their medicines.

To make safe and informed choices, people need access to information about the ingredients in their therapeutic goods. It is also important to have this information to identify when specific ingredients may have contributed to an adverse reaction.

Some information about the ingredients in therapeutic goods is available to consumers in public documents. Alternatively, consumers must contact the company responsible for the goods or make a request for specific ingredient information from the TGA. Consumers have expressed frustrations that these mechanisms do not provide easy access to information about excipient (or ‘inactive’) ingredients in all medicines.

In response, TGA is consulting on options for making this information available online in the public summaries of goods on the ARTG.

Consultation documents

Content of submissions

Submissions may address any, or all, of the questions posed in the consultation paper.

TGA is specifically interested in what impact (health, safety or commercial) displaying the names of excipient ingredients would have on you. If the proposals in the paper are implemented, TGA is also interested to know if any organisations are willing to collaborate to help raise consumer awareness about the availability of this information.

How to submit

Complete the online consultation submission form to upload your submission in either pdf or word format.

Consultation submission form

Alternatively, hardcopy submissions with a printed cover sheet may be mailed to:

ARTG excipients project
Scientific Operations Management Section
Scientific Evaluation Branch
Therapeutic Goods Administration
PO Box 100
WODEN ACT 2606

Enquiries

Any questions relating to submissions should be directed to ARTG.excipients@tga.gov.au

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit https://www.tga.gov.au/consultation/consultation-increased-online-access-ingredient-information

What should a safe space alternative to Emergency Departments look like?

If you experience a mental health issue, or support someone who does, would you like to help design a safe space alternative to Emergency Departments?

The State Government has committed to implementing a number of recommendations from the Sustainable Health Review, including the establishment of a Safe Haven Café, a place to go when medical attention is not required but people need a place to feel safe and have access to non-judgemental support.

The WA Mental Health Commission has funded the Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA) to gather a wide range of views to ensure the space meets the needs of consumers and family members/friends in a caring/support role. We welcome your input via the surveys

Individuals with a lived experience of mental health and or alcohol/other drug issues
Families, carers and support people
Service providers

To hear more about the Safe Haven Café at St Vincent’s https://vimeo.com/295478108

Privacy and responsible data sharing in the WA public sector – closing 1 November

WA is one of only two states in Australia not to have legislation covering the issues of privacy and data sharing in the public sector. To address that, the state Government is planning to introduce legislation covering data sharing and privacy in the public sector.

You can have your say on this important topic:

– A (free) public information session on 4 September at 5.30pm https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/privacy-and-responsible-inf…
– A free consultation session on 2 October at the Rise in Maylands (run by HCC) – register your interest by email info@hconc.org.au
– an online survey – complete this by Friday 1 November https://www.wa.gov.au/…/privacy-and-responsible-information…

The HCC team were at a roundtable table discussion on these issues on 27 August hosted by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network team of the WA Health Translation Network.

Some themes emerged from the discussion including:

– recognition of the value of legislation that would enable the community to benefit from appropriate data sharing
– interest in an independent body, with community involvement, to oversee the legislation and how it’s implemented – including what happens with any data breaches
– public reporting on how the legislation is being implemented, including what, if any, breaches have occurred
– clear information about what consequences there are for individuals and organisations that breach the law
– recognition that not all data is the same – and that different circumstances may require different approaches