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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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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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Measles
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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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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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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Department of Health | Asbestos and your health

A guide for householders and the general public

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