The framework is designed to assist consumers and committees involved in consultative and decision-making processes in analysing policies, grant applications and initiatives presented to them for consideration. It has a particular focus on access and disadvantage, setting out a series of steps which can be followed to assess the degree to which a proposal has been designed with the needs of disadvantaged groups and individuals in mind. The framework provides a useful tool for identifying gaps in the development of programs where the needs of disadvantaged groups might not have received due consideration. It is not designed to measure or evaluate the success of a program in its application.
National Health Priority Action Council (NHPAC) (2005), Framework for assessing the impact
of new health initiatives and policies on consumers, Australian Government Department of
Health and Ageing, Canberra