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Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

The department’s purpose is to support the government to shape Australia’s health and aged care system and sporting outcomes. It does this through evidence-based policy, well-targeted programs and best-practice regulation, focusing on 4 outcomes:

  • health policy, access and support
  • individual health benefits
  • ageing and aged care
  • sport and recreation.

Vision and mission

The department’s vision is better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations.

How Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care can help

The department funds and runs programs supporting a wide range of health issues, including mental health, First Nations health, the health workforce, primary care and aged care. It is also responsible for the policy behind Australia’s medical benefits schemes (such as the Medicare Benefits Schedule, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Child Dental Benefits Schedule). It provides research grants from the Medical Research Future Fund to support future health innovations.

Information lines / help lines

  • Call healthdirect’s helpline for advice on your own health.
  • Use the department’s contact information for help with questions about its work.

Programs and apps and tools

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Last reviewed: April 2024

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Immunisation for adults | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Find out about immunisations for adults.

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Who we work with to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

We are working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop and implement our plans and programs. We consult with communities, partnership groups, portfolio agencies and the public.

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Rabies | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Find out how we define and monitor cases of rabies, and where you can learn more about this disease.

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Hepatitis D | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Find out how we define and monitor cases of hepatitis D, and where you can learn more about this disease.

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Overweight and obesity | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Many Australians are overweight or obese. This puts them at higher risk of developing chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Find out what we’re doing to reduce and prevent overweight and obesity in Australia.

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Who can provide allied health care | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Learn about regulation of allied health care, the professional organisations involved and allied health in your state or territory.

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Medical doctors and specialists | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

There are over to 130,000 medical doctors and specialists in Australia. Find out about their work, what we’re doing to increase their numbers in rural and remote areas, and how we support this critical part of our health workforce.

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Tetanus | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Find out how we define and monitor cases of tetanus, how you can get vaccinated, and where you can learn more about this disease.

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The Australian health system | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Australia’s health system is one of the best in the world, providing safe and affordable health care for all Australians. It is jointly run by all levels of Australian government – federal, state and territory, and local.

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Rotavirus vaccine | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Information about rotavirus vaccines, who it is recommended for, how and where to get vaccinated. If you're eligible, you can get the rotavirus vaccine for free under the National Immunisation Program.

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