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Department of Health

The vision of the Department of Health is better health and wellbeing for all Australians. The department is responsible for achieving the Government’s priorities for population health, primary health care, mental health, Indigenous health and community participation in sport and recreation.

The Department of Health is responsible for achieving the Government’s priorities for population health, primary health care, mental health, Indigenous health and community participation in sport and recreation.

The department administers programs to meet the Government’s objectives in health infrastructure, regulation, safety and quality, health workforce, acute care, dental care, biosecurity and emergency response.

The department supports the Australian community's access to affordable private health services and is responsible for policy on Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

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yourHealth Home

This web site is an engagement and consultation tool to enable Australians to provide their views to the Australian Government about options to improve the health system (which exists for your health)

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For everyone

The Australian Government Hearing Services Program (the program) is managed by the Office of Hearing Services (the Office) for eligible clients to access a range of hearing services.

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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most common reported STI among young people in Australia. It can affect both males and females and is caused by a type of bacteria.

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National guidelines for public health unit

The Series of National Guidelines have been developed in consultation with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia and endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Committee. Their purpose is to provide nationally consistent advice and guidance to public health units in responding to a notifiable disease event. These guidelines capture the knowledge of experienced professionals, build on past research efforts, and provide advice on best practice based upon the best available evidence at the time of completion

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Better access to mental health care: fact sheet for patients

Information about Medicare rebates available to patients for selected mental health services provided by GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists and eligible social workers and occupational therapists.

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Alcohol - Alcohol

Information about alcohol-related health issues and Australian Government policy.

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Department of Health | Smoking cessation guidelines for Australian general practice: desktop guidelines and patient education materials

Flipchart providing information to assist smokers to quit.

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Department of Health | Australian national notifiable diseases and case definitions

The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) has agreed that the following list of communicable diseases are to be notified nationally and provided to the Commonwealths National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS). CDNA has developed the Surveillance Case Definitions available on this page.

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Department of Health | Flavivirus Laboratory Case Definition

The Public Health Laboratory Network has developed a standard case definition for the diagnosis of diseases which are notifiable in Australia. These pages contain the laboratory case definition for Flavivirus infection.

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Cancer Screening - About bowel cancer

Bowel cancer is one of Australias most common cancers, especially for people aged over 50.

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