Reinforcing Australia’s Health Protection

The Abbott Government is providing $22.8 million to protect Australians and maintain a state of readiness in case of a major health emergency.

Page last updated: 13 May 2014

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13 May 2014

Funding in the 2014-15 Budget will replenish the National Medical Stockpile and streamline its operations.

The National Medical Stockpile enables immediate access to drugs, vaccines, antidotes and protective equipment during an emergency, such as a natural or man-made disaster, terrorist attack or a naturally occurring pandemic.

The Abbott Government is committed to protecting all Australians in a major health emergency.

The Government’s reforms will improve the cost effectiveness of national stockpiling arrangements, including renegotiating how the Commonwealth and the states work together in this critical area.

Introducing new operational and management efficiencies around the National Medical Stockpile, while replenishing expired stock, will maintain and enhance Australia’s capability to respond to a health emergency or terrorist event.

Australia is recognised internationally for our world-class health emergency protection arrangements.

We must remain capable of mounting an effective and efficient health emergency response with access to what we need, when we need it.

The Budget is part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.

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