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Department of Health and Aged Care

The vision of the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care 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 Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care 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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Aged care | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Aged care provides support to older people to help them with everyday living and other needs. Find out about what services we fund, how older Australians can access them, and what service providers need to do to deliver our aged care programs.

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Monkeypox (MPX) | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Monkeypox (MPX) is a disease caused by Monkeypox virus (MPXV), with symptoms similar to those seen previously with smallpox. It is spread through close contact with an infected person or animals, or with contaminated material. Find out more.

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How can you reduce or quit alcohol? | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

It's a good idea to see your doctor first if you want to quit or stop drinking alcohol. They can help you to manage any withdrawal symptoms you may have. It's also helpful to have an action plan and a support network to help you achieve your goals.

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About immunisation | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Immunisation protects you, your family and others in the community from serious diseases. Learn about the benefits of immunisation and how vaccines work.

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Talk to your mob about HPV – animation video for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Talk to your mob about human papillomavirus, or HPV. HPV can affect males and females and can cause a range of HPV-related cancers in some people. Getting the vaccine is really easy and safe. Before kids can have the vaccine, parents and caregivers have to say it’s okay by signing the consent form.

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Are there safe smoking and tobacco options? | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

There is no safe smoking option — tobacco is always harmful. Light, low-tar and filtered cigarettes aren’t any safer — people usually smoke them more deeply or smoke more of them. The only way to reduce harm is to quit smoking.

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Pertussis (whooping cough) | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

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

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Medicare funding for new MRI prostate scans | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

26,000 Australians per year will benefit from Medicare funding of new prostate MRI scans from July 1 2018.

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Immunisation | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them. Immunisation not only protects individuals, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of preventable diseases.

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Reproductive health | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Good reproductive health supports individuals and couples to decide whether and when to have children. It can be affected by diseases, access to contraception and fertility issues. Find out what we’re doing to improve reproductive health in Australia.

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