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

2012-13 Overview

The Department of Health and Ageing values diversity, equality, integrity and inclusiveness.

Page last updated: 29 October 2013

Our Vision

Better Health and Active Ageing for all Australians.

The Department of Health and Ageing is a Department of State. We operate under the Public Service Act 1999 and the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

Our Role

The Department’s role is to achieve the Australian Government’s priorities (outcomes) for health and ageing. We do this by developing evidence based policies, managing programs and undertaking research and regulatory activities. We also lead and work closely with other agencies to achieve results for the Australian Government and community, and engage in open and constructive consultation with professionals, providers, industry and community groups.

Our Values

What is important to us:

  • An apolitical, impartial and professional environment.
  • The importance of achieving results for the Government and the community.
  • Delivering services to the public fairly, effectively and impartially.
  • Transparency, accountability and responsiveness.
  • A workplace that is fair and free of discrimination.
  • Diversity and equity in employment.
  • The highest ethical standards.
  • Innovation.
  • Respect.

Our History

The Commonwealth Department of Health was established in 1921, in part as response to the devastating effects of the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1919 and through the vision of Dr J H L Cumpston. As the first head of the Department, Dr Cumpston championed the need to have a national approach to manage communicable diseases. Since then, the Department has evolved to encompass research and health services endeavouring to deliver universal access to public health services for all Australians.