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NATIONAL HEALTH ACT 1953 - SECT 4

Interpretation

             (1)  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

"Chief Executive Medicare" has the same meaning as in the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973 .

"civil penalty provision" has the same meaning as in the Regulatory Powers Act.

"Committee of Inquiry" means a Committee of Inquiry established under Part VIII.

"complying health insurance policy" has the meaning given by section 63-10 of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 .

de facto partner of a person means:

                     (a)  another person (whether of the same sex or a different sex) with whom the person has a relationship that is registered under a law of a State or Territory prescribed for the purposes of section 2E of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 as a kind of relationship prescribed for the purposes of that section; or

                     (b)  another person (whether of the same sex or a different sex) who is living with the person on a genuine domestic basis although not legally married to the person.

"designated vaccine" has the meaning given by subsection 9B(2).

"Finance Minister" means the Minister administering the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 .

"friendly society" means:

                     (a)  a body that is a friendly society for the purposes of the Life Insurance Act 1995 ; or

                     (b)  a body that is registered or incorporated as a friendly society under a law of a State or Territory; or

                     (c)  a body that is permitted, by a law of a State or Territory, to assume or use the expression friendly society ; or

                     (d)  a body that, immediately before the date that is the transfer date for the purposes of the Financial Sector Reform (Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1999 , was registered or incorporated as a friendly society under a law of a State or Territory.

"hospital" has the meaning given by subsection 121-5(5) of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 .

"hospital-substitute treatment" has the same meaning as in the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 .

"hospital treatment" has the meaning given by section 121-5 of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 .

"Human Services Minister" means the Minister administering the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973 .

"medicare program" has the same meaning as in the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973 .

"midwife" means a person who is registered as a midwife, or authorised (however described) to practise midwifery, by or under a law of a State or an internal Territory that provides for the registration of midwives, or the authorisation of persons to practise midwifery.

"nurse practitioner" means a person who is registered, or authorised (however described) to practise, as a nurse practitioner by or under a law of a State or an internal Territory that provides for the registration of nurse practitioners, or the authorisation of persons to practise as nurse practitioners.

"pharmacist" means a person registered as a pharmacist or pharmaceutical chemist under a law of a State or Territory providing for the registration of pharmacists or pharmaceutical chemists, and includes a friendly society or other body of persons (whether corporate or unincorporate) carrying on business as a pharmacist.

"premises" includes a part of premises.

"private health insurer" has the same meaning as in the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 .

"public hospital" means a hospital in respect of which there is in force a statement under subsection 121-5(8) of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 that the hospital is a public hospital.

"public hospital authority" means the governing body of a public hospital.

"Regulatory Powers Act" means the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 .

"rules" , in relation to a private health insurer, has the same meaning as in the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 .

"Secretary" means the Secretary of the Department.

"spouse" includes a de facto partner.

"Territory" means an internal Territory.

"vaccine" means a vaccine for the purpose of immunising persons.

"Veterans' Affairs Department " means the Department administered by the Veterans' Affairs Minister.

"Veterans' Affairs Minister " means the Minister administering the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 .

          (1A)  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears, a word or phrase defined for the purposes of the Health Insurance Act 1973 has the meaning that it would have if used in that Act.

             (2)  A reference in this Act to a prescription for the supply of a pharmaceutical benefit is a reference to a prescription written in accordance with subsection 88(1), (1A), (1C), (1D) or (1E).

             (3)  A reference in this Act to the supply of pharmaceutical benefits at premises is a reference to the supply of pharmaceutical benefits to people who are at the premises when the supply is made.



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