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: 31 August 2015

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, now and for future generations.

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.

Corporate Plan 2015-16

The Department of Health Corporate Plan 2015-2016 outlines our purpose – to lead and shape Australia’s health system and sporting outcomes through evidence based policy, well targeted programmes and best practice regulation – and our strategic priorities:
  • Better health outcomes and reduced inequality
  • Affordable, accessible, efficient, and high quality health system
  • Better sport outcomes
The Plan explains these in relation to the health system context in which we work, our key actions, our capability improvement agenda, our approach to risk oversight and management, and our performance framework.

The Plan has been positioned within the context of the Government’s policy directions and aligns with our commitments outlined in the Portfolio Budget Statements, along with the values and performance frameworks set out by the Australian Public Service Commission.

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