ABOUT THIS REPORT
This report is prepared in accordance with the Requirements for Annual Reports, as issued by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit under subsections 63(2) and 70(2) of the Public Service Act 1999.
The report is a formal accountability document that details the Department’s activities during the 2004 -05 financial year against the performance indicators presented in the 2004 -05 Portfolio Budget Statements
(PBS) and Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements
Although the primary purpose of this report is to provide Members of Parliament and Senators with an accurate description of the activities of the Department during 2004-05, we recognise that the report is also a valuable source of information for the community. In preparing this report, we have endeavoured to take into consideration the requirements of such a diverse audience and provide readers with a useful and informative picture of the Department’s performance over the past twelve months.
Structure of this Report
The Department’s 2004 -05 Annual Report
is in five parts.
Part One - Overview
The Overview provides an explanation of the Department’s activities, broad strategic directions and priorities, noting key issues and achievements during the year.
Part Two - Outcome Performance Reports
This section discusses the main activities, including major achievements and challenges, of the nine outcomes within the Department in 2004-05. Each outcome’s effectiveness (performance) indicators from the 2004-05 PBS are contained in the relevant outcome report.
Financial resource summary tables are located within each outcome report and provide a useful summary of budget estimates for 2004-05 and actual expenses for 2004 -05.
Performance measures for the administered items and the departmental output groups are reported by outcome, and report on the Department’s performance against specific performance measures as detailed in the 2004 -05 PBS and PAES.
Part Three - Financial Statements
Part three contains the complete set of financial statements for the Department of Health and Ageing and the Therapeutic Goods Administration Trust Account.
Part Four - Appendices
The appendices provide a range of statistical and other information relating to the Department. A complete list of appendices is provided in the table of contents.
Part Five - References
Part five includes the glossary and acronyms and the index.
Australia’s health system is world class, supporting universal and affordable access to high quality medical, pharmaceutical and hospital services, while helping people to stay healthy through health promotion and disease prevention activities.
As national leaders in health and ageing, the Department:
- provides expert policy advice, analysis and other services to the Australian Government;
- manages the Australian Government’s health and ageing programs to ensure the provision of quality, cost effective care;
- improves access to high quality comprehensive primary health care and population health programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
- promotes healthy living and communicates information about health and ageing services;
- works with consumers, communities, providers, peak bodies, industry groups, professional organisations, State and Territory governments and portfolio agencies through consultation and collaboration; and
- improves health, safety and equitable access in a way that imposes the minimum necessary regulatory burden.
Over $36 billion - about one-fifth of all Australian Government expenditure. Almost two-thirds of our expenditure was allocated to the Medicare Benefits Schedule, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and to ageing and aged care.
Better health and healthier ageing for all Australians.
To make a difference by:
- Looking outwards to listen and respond to consumers, and engage constructively with professionals, providers, government and industry;
- Looking forwards to respond effectively to emerging challenges including an ageing population, and improve services and care by strategic planning, benefiting from emerging knowledge and technologies; and
- Looking after the health and wellbeing of the community, the funds entrusted to the Department by the Australian people, and the priorities of the Ministerial team and the Government.
- Effective coordination of emergency health assistance for countries affected by the 2004 Boxing Day Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
- Implementing Strengthening Medicare and 100% Medicare.
- Implementing the $2.2 billion Investing in Australia’s Aged Care: More Places, Better Care package.
- Increasing the range of items in the National Medicine Stockpile and developing detailed arrangements for the rapid deployment of stockpile items during an incident or disaster.
- Implementation of the National Childhood Pneumococcal Vaccination Program and the National Pneumococcal Vaccination Program for Older Australians.
- Improved access to Cochlear implant speech processor upgrades for children and young adults up to the age of 21 years.
- Significantly expanding primary health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Improved transparency and timeliness of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme processes to meet commitments under the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement.
- Introduction of two new medical indemnity schemes – the Premium Support Scheme and the Run-off Cover Scheme focussing on the affordability and security of medical indemnity cover for doctors.