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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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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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Department of Health | 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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Department of Health | Primary Health Networks (PHNs)

Listen Primary Health Networks (PHNs) Page last updated: 17 October 2018 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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Department of Health | 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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Immunise Australia Program

The Immunise Australia Program aims to increase national immunisation rates by funding free vaccination programs, administering the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register and communicating information about immunisation to the general public and health professionals.

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For people who are underweight | Healthy Weight Guide

There are many reasons why people become underweight.

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION FOR PERMANENT AGED CARE RESIDENTS

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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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Ear health | Australian Government Department of Health

If left untreated, hearing loss and ear disease can affect a child's learning and development. Adults with with untreated hearing loss may also be at risk of developing other health problems. Find out what we’re doing to raise awareness of ear health and help prevent hearing loss in Australia.

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

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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