Health reform updates
03 Aug 2012
The Commonwealth HACC Program came into effect on 1 July 2012. Under the National Health Reform Agreement the Australian Government now has full funding, policy and administrative responsibility for HACC services for people aged 65 years and over or 50 and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in all states and territories except Victoria and Western Australia.
09 Sep 2011
National Health Reform Update - September 2011
01 Jul 2011
National Health Reform Update
01 Jun 2011
Significant progress on national health reform has been made, with many of the building blocks of reform now in place. The 2011-12 Budget, recently delivered by the Australian Government, builds on its substantial national health reform commitments.
23 Feb 2011
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) have agreed to a new deal on health that delivers national health reform that will last, built on a genuine partnership between the Australian Government and the States and Territories. The Australian Government will invest a guaranteed extra $19.8 billion in public hospitals – matched by tough national standards to make sure that money goes straight to hospitals and straight to patients. National Health Reform, will see every person in Australia benefit, no matter where they live.
09 Feb 2011
Improvements to the aged care complaints system and increasing the protection of aged care residents’ savings are part of the Australian Government’s National Health and Hospitals reform agenda, which has been designed to deliver better health and aged care for all Australians. The Department of Health and Ageing has recently released two discussion papers on key components of our aged care system and would like to hear from aged care consumers, providers, professional bodies and the general public about proposed reforms.
23 Dec 2010
Since the announcement of the Australian Government’s Health Reform in April, this year has delivered significant progress in the development of a new health and aged care system for Australia’s future. As we prepare for the future, changes to the way health and aged care are delivered will be critical to supporting our ageing population and addressing the growth in preventable and chronic conditions.
05 Nov 2010
Where the Government’s first term was about developing and agreeing to the way ahead for health reform, this second term will focus on implementation. The Department of Health and Ageing will be working collaboratively with states and territories to implement changes that will deliver better health and hospital services across the country. In the coming months, Australians will start to see real changes on the ground – in the nation’s hospitals, emergency departments, operating theatres, doctors’ waiting rooms, aged care facilities, mental health services, and so on. The aim of health reform is to enable all these to work together better, always putting the patient first. The scale of health reform is enormous and while some things will happen quickly, the benefits of some aspects of health reform won’t be fully realised for a number of years. This will require a highly coordinated, collaborative effort that focuses on making a real, practical difference to people’s health and wellbeing.
The Tobacco Plain Packaging Information Kit provides practical information on the responsibilities and obligations of retailers and other suppliers of tobacco products under the new Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011.
eHealth.gov.au is your gateway to Australia's personally controlled electronic health record system, linking you to information about eHealth records and the system itself. Visit www.ehealth.gov.au
On 20 April 2012, the Prime Minister and Minister Butler unveiled a comprehensive package of reforms to build a better, fairer, more sustainable and more nationally consistent aged care system.