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.

Page last updated: 11 August 2014

The Department of Health has a diverse set of responsibilities, but throughout there is a common purpose, which is reflected in our Vision statement:
Better health and wellbeing for all Australians.

We aim to achieve our Vision through strengthening evidence-based policy advice, improving program management, research, regulation and partnerships with other government agencies, consumers and stakeholders.

Matters dealt with by the department include:

  • Medicare benefits
  • Pharmaceutical benefits
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospitals policy and implementation of funding reforms
  • Private health insurance
  • Health workforce capacity
  • Medical indemnity insurance
  • Primary health care and preventative health
  • E-health
  • Health and medical research including human cloning and stem cell research
  • Mental health policy
  • National health priorities
  • Biosecurity and bioterrorism
  • Immunisation
  • BBVs/STIs including HIV/AIDS
  • Diagnostic and technology
  • Sport and recreation
  • Deregulation
  • Rural and regional health services
  • Multipurpose services
  • Indigenous health services
  • Palliative care
  • Tobacco
  • Illicit drugs including National Drug Strategy
  • Alcohol
  • Food policy
  • Hearing services
  • Blood and organ donation
  • Gene technology regulation
  • Therapeutic Goods Administration
  • Notification and assessment of industrial chemicals
The Department of Health pursues the achievement of portfolio outcomes in association with the following portfolio agencies: Top of page
Annual Reports issued by the Department of Health and Ageing
Annual Reports listed by year

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Corporate Plan of the Department of Health and Ageing
The Mission, Vision and Goals that will guide the Department's activities from 2010 to 2013

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