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Australian Government Department of Health

Our vision is to achieve better health and active ageing for all Australians,

Australian Government Department of HealthFirst established in 1921, the Australian Government Department of Health is responsible for a variety of Health-related matters including:

  • Services for older people, including their carers
  • Policy for and promotion of active ageing, other than income security and employment policy
  • Public health, including health protection, and medical research
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Primary health care
  • Hospitals funding and policy, including relationships and linkages within the continuum of health care
  • Implementation of the National Health and Hospitals Network
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs and policies
  • Health and ageing research
  • Pharmaceutical benefits
  • Health benefits schemes
  • Hearing services policy and funding
  • Specific health services, including human quarantine
  • National drug strategy
  • Regulation of therapeutic goods
  • Notification and assessment of industrial chemicals
  • Gene technology regulation
  • Medical indemnity insurance issues
  • Private health insurance
  • Blood and organ policy and funding
  • Health workforce capacity
  • Mental health policy and primary mental health care