Corporate Plan 2016-17

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Department of Health Corporate Plan 2016-17

The Corporate Plan 2016-17 is Health’s primary planning document. It is informed by our Strategic Intent 2016-20 and sets out the objectives and strategies we need to pursue in achieving our purpose over a four year period.

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Message from the Secretary

The pace and scope of reform, both internal and external, currently under way at the Department of Health, continues to build. This is being driven by a renewed energy, optimism and innovation across the department, with staff at all levels actively engaged in achieving our vision - better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations.

The year ahead will build upon substantial changes started last financial year. Externally, reform initiatives include primary health care, mental health care, Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, private health insurance, aged care, and digital health.

We continue to coordinate reforms on behalf of all Australians. Our focus is on reducing fragmentation and duplication, to make our health system more cohesive, connected and efficient. This will especially benefit the one in two Australians living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, respiratory illness and mental illness. People who are in good health will also benefit from prevention programs, improved screening and detection, and initiatives to support healthier lifestyle choices.

We continue to strive to close the gap in health outcomes and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. We know that there is still a way to go in key areas and a range of national partnerships and initiatives under the 10 year Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013—2023 will help us get there.

Internally, a new operating model – where corporate services are centralised with a greater customer focus – is being delivered. Underpinning this is Health’s ongoing cultural transformation towards becoming an employer of choice.

This Corporate Plan is our principal planning document. Over the next four years, it will guide us, as both individuals and as an organisation, to achieve our Strategic Intent. Working closely with stakeholders and the community, we will continue to lead and shape the 21st century health system for Australia.

As the accountable authority of the Department of Health, I present the 2016-17 Department of Health Corporate Plan, which covers the periods of 2016-17 through 2019-20, as required under paragraph 35(1)(b) of the Public Governance Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

Martin Bowles, Secretary, August 2016

Martin Bowles
August 2016