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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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Department of Health | Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines and the Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines

This page contains Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for adults and older Australian’s and the Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years; and the Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Young People including links to brochures and other resources.

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Department of Health | Dengue Fact Sheet

Dengue is a viral disease transmitted by some types of mosquitoes.

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Whooping cough (pertussis) | Australian Government Department of Health

Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease. Symptoms that include fever and long periods of coughing that sound like a ‘whoop’. Whooping cough can affect people of all ages but it is more serious for babies. Whooping cough can be prevented by immunisation. Treatment includes antibiotics.

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About e-cigarettes | Australian Government Department of Health

E-cigarettes are devices that make vapour for smoking. They’re often marketed as a way to quit smoking, but there isn’t enough evidence to show that they help — or are safe. In Australia, it’s illegal to sell e-cigarettes that contain nicotine.

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Why get immunised? | Australian Government Department of Health

Immunisation is a safe and effective way to protect you and your children from harmful, contagious diseases. It also safeguards the health of other people, now and for future generations.

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Medicare | Australian Government Department of Health

Medicare is Australia’s universal health insurance scheme. It guarantees all Australians (and some overseas visitors) access to a wide range of health and hospital services at low or no cost. Find out what we’re doing to improve Medicare for all Australians.

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Department of Health | Asbestos and your health

A guide for householders and the general public

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Vaccination and autism fact sheet | Australian Government Department of Health

This fact sheet explains how we know vaccination does not cause autism and where the misunderstanding came from.

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Palliative care throughout life | Australian Government Department of Health

Find out how palliative care is different for children and young people or if you are caring for someone receiving palliative care.

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Are vaccines safe? | Australian Government Department of Health

On this page Vaccine testing Vaccine ingredients Vaccine side effects Vaccine safety monitoring Did you know? Further information Vaccine testing Research and testing is an essential part of developing safe and effective vaccines.

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