Portfolio Outcomes

The services provided by the Health portfolio are delivered through 30 portfolio outcomes.

Page last updated: 18 August 2014

The Health Portfolio comprises the Australian Government Department of Health, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, Australian Sports Commission, Australian Sports Foundation, Cancer Australia, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, General Practice Education and Training Ltd, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, National Blood Authority, National Health Funding Body, National Health and Medical Research Council, National Health Performance Authority, National Mental Health Commission, Private Health Insurance Administration Council, Private Health Insurance Ombudsman and the Professional Services Review.

The Department of Health pursues the achievement of the following ten outcomes:

Outcome 1. Population Health

A reduction in the incidence of preventable mortality and morbidity, including through national public health initiatives, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and approaches covering disease prevention, health screening and immunisation.

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.

Outcome 3. Access to Medical and Dental Services

Access to cost-effective medical, dental, allied health and hearing services, including through implementing targeted medical assistance strategies, and providing Medicare subsidies for clinically relevant services and hearing devices to eligible people.

Outcome 4. Acute Care

Improved access to, and efficiency of, public hospitals, acute and subacute care services, including through payments to state and territory governments.

Outcome 5. Primary Health Care

Access to comprehensive primary and mental health care services, and health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and rural and remote populations, including through first point of call services for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ill-health and ongoing services for managing chronic disease.

Outcome 6. Private Health

Improved choice in health services by supporting affordable quality private health care, including through private health insurance rebates and a regulatory framework.

Outcome 7. Health Infrastructure, Regulation, Safety and Quality

Improved capacity, quality and safety of Australia’s health care system to meet current and future health needs including through investment in health infrastructure, regulation, international health policy engagement, research into health care, and support for blood and organ donation services.

Outcome 8. 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.

Outcome 9. 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.

Outcome 10. Sport and Recreation

Improved opportunities for community participation in sport and recreation, and excellence in high-performance athletes, through initiatives to help protect the integrity of sport, investment in sport infrastructure, coordination of Commonwealth involvement in major sporting events, and research and international cooperation on sport issues.

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The following portfolio agencies pursue the achievement of the agency-specific outcomes:

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Outcome 1. 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
Outcome 1. A robust evidence-base for the health, housing and community sectors, including through developing and disseminating comparable health and welfare information and statistics.

Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority
Outcome 1. Improved access to organ and tissue transplants, including through a nationally coordinated and consistent approach and system.

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
Outcome 1. Protection of people and the environment through radiation protection and nuclear safety research, policy, advice, codes, standards, services and regulation.

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
Outcome 1. Protection of the health of athletes and the integrity of Australian sport, including through deterrence, detection and enforcement to eliminate doping.

Australian Sports Commission
Outcome 1. Improved participation in structured physical activity, particularly organised sport, at the community level, including through leadership and targeted community-based sports activity.

Outcome 2. Excellence in sports performance and continued international sporting success, by talented athletes and coaches, including through leadership in high performance athlete development, and targeted science and research.

Australian Sports Foundation Ltd
Outcome 1. Improved Australian sporting infrastructure through assisting eligible organisations to raise funds for registered sporting projects.

Cancer Australia
Outcome 1. 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
Outcome 1. 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
Outcome 1. Improved quality and access to primary care across Australia, including through general practitioner vocational education and training for medical graduates.

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
Outcome 1. 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
Outcome 1. 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
Outcome 1. 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
Outcome 1. 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
Outcome 1. 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.

National Mental Health Commission
Outcome 1. Provide expert advice to the Australian Government and cross-sectoral leadership on the policy, programs, services and systems that support mental health in Australia, including through administering the Annual National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, undertaking performance monitoring and reporting, and engaging consumers and carers.

Private Health Insurance Administration Council
Outcome 1. Prudential safety and competitiveness of the private health insurance industry in the interests of consumers, including through efficient industry regulation.

Private Health Insurance Ombudsman
Outcome 1. Public confidence in private health insurance, including through consumer and provider complaint and enquiry investigations, and performance monitoring and reporting.

Professional Services Review
Outcome 1. 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.

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