Consultations – Clinical Care Standards

Public consultations for new and revised clinical care standards are described below.

National consultation on the draft Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard

The Consultation Draft Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard describes key components of care to guide quality improvement for patients who have low back pain, with or without leg pain. It aims to improve the early assessment and management of low back pain, and to reduce the use of investigations and treatment options which may be ineffective or unnecessary.

Consultation on the clinical care standard is open until 11:59 pm Tuesday, 20 April 2021 via online survey or written submission (see below).

What are clinical care standards?

A clinical care standard plays an important role in guiding the delivery of appropriate care. Each standard contains:

  • a small number of statements describing the care that a patient should be offered for a specific clinical condition, regardless of where they are treated in Australia
  • a set of indicators to support local clinical quality improvement. The final set of indicators will be accompanied by specifications to support consistent data collection.

Consultation materials

The following materials are available for public consultation:

The Commission welcomes comments on these documents.

Submitting your response

The consultation period will close at 11:59 pm Tuesday, 20 April 2021.

Comments and feedback are preferred via our online survey

The survey will take around 20 minutes and contains questions about the consultation documents. Please review the consultation documents before starting the survey below.

Consultation survey for the Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard 

If you cannot complete the online survey, you can provide a written submission. Written submissions should address the consultation questions. Your response should be marked ‘Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard Public Consultation’ and can be sent by email to or by post to:

Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard Public Consultation
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
GPO Box 5480

A copy of the consultation questions is provided below for reference. 

Template, survey or form

The Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standards consultation questions are available to review in pdf format. 





Outcome of consultation

Following public consultation, the Commission will review all comments and use this analysis to finalise the draft clinical care standard.

A consultation report summarising the findings of this survey may potentially be published on the Commission’s website. The details of responding organisations and responses verbatim would be published in this report; however, no individual personal information will be reported. Please refer to the Commission’s privacy policy.

Further information

Development of the Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard has included consultation with an expert Topic Working Group  and commissioning a literature review titled Diagnosis, investigation and management of low back pain: A rapid review of the literature. Find out more about the development of the standard here. 

If you have any questions or require further information about the draft Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard, please contact: