The  Health Chief Executives Forum (HCEF), formerly the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC), is the advisory and support body to the Health Council.

It operates to deliver health services more efficiently through a coordinated or joint approach on matters of mutual interest.

The HCEF is responsible for providing effective and efficient support to the Health Council by:

•       Advising on strategic issues relating to the coordination of health services across the nation and, as applicable, with New Zealand

•       Operating as a national forum for planning, information sharing and innovation.