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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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Primary Health Networks (PHNs)

PHNs have been established with the key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

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Primary Health Networks (PHNs)

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) have been established with the key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients.

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CDNA 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 Principal Committee (AHPPC). Their purpose is to provide nationally consistent advice and guidance to public health units (PHUs) in responding to a notifiable disease event. These guidelines capture the knowledge of experienced professionals, built 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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Australian General Practice Training programme (AGPT)

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) programme is a fully Commonwealth funded postgraduate vocational training programme for medical graduates wishing to pursue a career in general practice.

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Changes to the diagnostic imaging prohibited practice provisions of the Health Insurance Act

The Australian Parliament passed legislation to amend provisions in the Health Insurance Act 1973 that relate to pathology and diagnostic imaging services provided under Medicare.

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National Medicines Policy

Australia's National Medicines Policy is a cooperative endeavour to bring about better health outcomes for all Australians, focusing especially on peoples access to, and wise use of, medicines. The term medicine includes prescription and non-prescription medicines, including complementary healthcare products.

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National Health and Medical Research Council recommendations on influenza vaccination

This page contains the National Health and Medical Research Council's recommendations regarding who should be vaccinated against influenza.

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Education

The history of the National Tobacco Campaign.

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Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (AHMPPI)

This plan outlines Australias strategy to manage an influenza pandemic and minimise its impact on the health of Australians and our health system.

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Understanding Childhood Immunisation

Booklets with questions and answers about immunisation for children, including vaccine preventable diseases, vaccines, vaccine side effects and eligibility for national vaccine programs.

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