Corporate Plan 2017-18

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Department of Health Corporate Plan 2017-18

The Corporate Plan 2017-18 is Health’s primary planning document. It is informed by our Strategic Intent 2017-21 and sets out the objectives and strategies we need to pursue in achieving our purpose over the next four year period.

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Martin Bowles, Secretary, August 2017

Message from the Secretary

We continue to improve our capabilities across the Department of Health in the key areas of leadership and culture, strategic policy, governance, stakeholder engagement and risk management. This will enable us to better meet the challenges of the continuously changing world in which we operate.

This Corporate Plan is aimed at ensuring we continue to achieve our strategic priorities, purpose and vision – better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations. The Corporate Plan will change from year to year – not substantially, because our four-year strategy is tracking well; but sufficiently to help us keep our eyes on future needs and new and emerging challenges.

The department will play a pre-eminent role in implementing the Government’s long-term national health plan. Major initiatives in the areas of mental health, preventive health, hospital funding, Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, private health insurance, health workforce, pharmacy, medical research, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and aged care, as well as the ongoing development of Health Care Homes and My Health Record, will transform how Australians interact with the health and aged care systems. We will continue to invest in strengthening our collaboration and engagement with our stakeholders to deliver the health reform agenda.

We will deliver the Government’s sports agenda, including developing a new National Sports Plan in collaboration with the Australian Sports Commission, implementing sports programs and sports integrity initiatives, and leading the Government’s support for the staging of major international sporting events.

We will continue to provide information, tools and resources to support the aged care sector through well-targeted programs, and best practice regulation that promotes equity of access, quality care and the protection of vulnerable consumers.

As the accountable authority of the Department of Health, I present the Department of Health Corporate Plan 2017–18, to support our next four years, as required under paragraph 35(1)(b) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

Martin Bowles PSM
August 2017