Online version of the 2012-13 Department of Health and Ageing Annual Report

Portfolio Outcomes

Page last updated: 29 October 2013

Outcomes are the Government’s intended results, benefits or consequences for the Australian community. The Government requires agencies, such as the Department, to use outcomes as a basis for budgeting, measuring performance and reporting. Annual administered funding is appropriated on an outcomes basis.

As at 30 June 2013, the Health and Ageing portfolio worked within a 32 outcome structure. 14 outcomes were specific to the Department, while the remaining 18 were specific to the portfolio agencies.

In 2012-13, the portfolio outcome structure was amended to include one new portfolio agency: the National Health Funding Body, to provide transparent and efficient administration and funding of the Australian public hospital system.

Department-Specific Outcomes

Listed below are the 14 outcomes relevant to the Department, the programs managed under each outcome, and the Divisions responsible as at 30 June 2013.

Outcome 1 Population Health

A reduction in the incidence of preventable mortality and morbidity in Australia, including through regulation and national initiatives that support healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.
1.1: Prevention, Early Detection and Service Improvement
1.2: Communicable Disease Control
1.3: Drug Strategy
1.4: Regulatory Policy
1.5: Immunisation
1.6: Public Health
Mental Health and Drug Treatment Division
National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Office of Health Protection
Population Health Division
Primary and Ambulatory Care Division
Regulatory Policy and Governance Division
Therapeutic Goods Administration

Outcome 2 Access to Pharmaceutical Services

Access to cost-effective medicines, including through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and related subsidies, and assistance for medication management through industry partnerships.
2.1: Community Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Awareness
2.2: Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Services
2.3: Targeted Assistance – Pharmaceuticals
2.4: Targeted Assistance – Aids and Appliances
Pharmaceutical Benefits Division

Outcome 3 Access to Medical Services

Access to cost-effective medical, practice nursing and allied health services, including through Medicare subsidies for clinically relevant services.
3.1: Medicare Services
3.2: Targeted Assistance – Medical
3.3: Diagnostic Imaging Services
3.4: Pathology Services
3.5: Chronic Disease – Radiation Oncology
Acute Care Division
Medical Benefits Division
Population Health Division

Outcome 4 Aged Care and Population Ageing

Access to quality and affordable aged care and carer support services for older people, including through subsidies and grants, industry assistance, training and regulation of the aged care sector.
4.1: Access and Information
4.2: Home Support
4.3: Home Care
4.4: Residential and Flexible Care
4.5: Workforce and Quality
4.6: Ageing and Service Improvement
Ageing and Aged Care Division
Office of Aged Care Quality and Compliance

Outcome 5 Primary Care

Access to comprehensive, community-based health care, including through first point of call services for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ill-health, and for ongoing management of chronic disease.
5.1: Primary Care Education and Training
5.2: Primary Care Financing, Quality and Access
5.3: Primary Care Practice Incentives
Primary and Ambulatory Care Division

Outcome 6 Rural Health

Access to health services for people living in rural, regional and remote Australia, including through health infrastructure and outreach services.
6.1: Rural Health Services Primary and Ambulatory Care Division

Outcome 7 Hearing Services

A reduction in the incidence and consequence of hearing loss, including through research and prevention activities, and access to hearing services and devices for eligible people.
7.1: Hearing Services Regulatory Policy and Governance Division

Outcome 8 Indigenous Health

Closing the gap in life expectancy and child mortality rates for Indigenous Australians, including through primary health care, child and maternal health, and substance use services.
8.1: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Mental Health and Drug Treatment Division

Outcome 9 Private Health

Improved choice in health services by supporting affordable quality private health care, including through private health insurance rebates and a regulatory framework.
9.1: Private Health Insurance Acute Care Division
Medical Benefits Division

Outcome 10 Health System Capacity and Quality

Improved long-term capacity, quality and safety of Australia’s health care system to meet future health needs, including through investment in health infrastructure, international engagement, consistent performance reporting and research.
10.1: Chronic Disease – Treatment
10.2: eHealth Implementation
10.3: Health Information
10.4: International Policy Engagement
10.5: Research Capacity and Quality
10.6: Health Infrastructure
Acute Care Division
eHealth Division
Office of Health Protection
Pharmaceutical Benefits Division
Population Health Division
Portfolio Strategies Division
Primary and Ambulatory Care Division
Regulatory Policy and Governance Division

Outcome 11 Mental Health

Improved mental health and suicide prevention, including through targeted prevention, identification, early intervention and health care services.
11.1: Mental Health Mental Health and Drug Treatment Division

Outcome 12 Health Workforce Capacity

Improved capacity, quality and mix of the health workforce to meet the requirements of health services, including through training, registration, accreditation and distribution strategies.
12.1: Workforce and Rural Distribution
12.2: Workforce Development and Innovation
Health Workforce Division
Mental Health and Drug Treatment Division
Primary and Ambulatory Care Division

Outcome 13 Acute Care

Improved access to public hospitals, acute care services and public dental services, including through targeted strategies, and payments to state and territory governments.
13.1: Blood and Organ Donation Services
13.2: Medical Indemnity
13.3: Public Hospitals and Information
Acute Care Division
Medical Benefits Division
Regulatory Policy and Governance Division

Outcome 14 Biosecurity and Emergency Response

Preparedness to respond to national health emergencies and risks, including through surveillance, regulation, prevention, detection and leadership in national health coordination.
14.1: Health Emergency Planning and Response Office of Health Protection
Regulatory Policy and Governance Division

Portfolio Agency-Specific Outcomes

Listed below is the outcome belonging to each Health and Ageing portfolio agency in 2012-13. Agencies’ performance against these outcomes is reported in their respective annual report.

Portfolio Agency Outcome
Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Ltd High quality residential aged care for older people, including through accrediting Australian Government funded aged care homes, identifying best practice, and providing information and education to the aged care sector.
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Improved safety and quality in health care across the health system, including through the development, support for implementation, and monitoring of national clinical safety and quality guidelines and standards.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare A robust evidence-base for the health, housing and community sectors, including through developing and disseminating comparable health and welfare information and statistics.
Australian National Preventive Health Agency A reduction in the prevalence of preventable disease, including through research and evaluation to build the evidence base for future action, and by managing lifestyle education campaigns and developing partnerships with non-government sectors.
Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Improved access to organ and tissue transplants, including through a nationally coordinated and consistent approach and system.
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency Protection of people and the environment through radiation protection and nuclear safety research, policy, advice, codes, standards, services and regulation.
Cancer Australia Minimised impacts of cancer, including through national leadership in cancer control, with targeted research, cancer service development, education and consumer support.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand A safe food supply and well-informed consumers in Australia and New Zealand, including through the development of food regulatory measures and the promotion of their consistent implementation, coordination of food recall activities and the monitoring of consumer and industry food practices.
General Practice Education and Training Ltd Improved quality and access to primary care across Australia, including through general practitioner vocational education and training for medical graduates.
Health Workforce Australia Improved health workforce capacity, including through a national approach to workforce policy and planning across all health disciplines, which effectively integrates research, education and training.
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority Promote improved efficiency in, and access to, public hospital services primarily through setting efficient national prices and levels of block funding for hospital activities.
National Blood Authority Access to a secure supply of safe and affordable blood products, including through national supply arrangements and coordination of best practice standards within agreed funding policies under the national blood arrangements.
National Health Funding Body Provide transparent and efficient administration of Commonwealth, state and territory funding of the Australian public hospital system, and support the obligations and responsibilities of the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool.
National Health and Medical Research Council Improved health and medical knowledge, including through funding research, translating research findings into evidence-based clinical practice, administering legislation governing research, issuing guidelines and advice for ethics in health and the promotion of public health.
National Health Performance Authority Contribute to transparent and accountable health care services in Australia, including through the provision of independent performance monitoring and reporting; the formulation of performance indicators; and conducting and evaluating research.
Private Health Insurance Administration Council Prudential safety and competitiveness of the private health insurance industry in the interests of consumers, including through efficient industry regulation.
Private Health Insurance Ombudsman Public confidence in private health insurance, including through consumer and provider complaint and enquiry investigations, and performance monitoring and reporting.
Professional Services Review A reduction of the risks to patients and costs to the Australian Government of inappropriate clinical practice, including through investigating health services claimed under the Medicare and pharmaceutical benefits schemes.