Department of Health and Aged Care

Better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations.

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Aged care services

Find out about the services we fund, how to access them, and what you need to do as a service provider to deliver our aged care programs.

COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for everyone 5 years and older. Find out more about getting vaccinated.

Shingles vaccine

If you're eligible, you can get the shingles vaccine for free under the National Immunisation Program.

Australian Immunisation Handbook

The Australian Immunisation Handbook provides clinical advice for health professionals on the safest and most effective use of vaccines in their practice.

Celebrating 40 years of Medicare

For 4 decades, Medicare has guaranteed all Australians have access to a wide range of health and hospital services at low or no cost.

Learn more about Medicare over the years

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Medicare Urgent Care Clinics

You can walk into any Medicare Urgent Care Clinic (Medicare UCC) in Australia for bulk billed urgent care. Find your nearest Medicare Urgent Care Clinic.

New Aged Care Act

Have your say and help shape Australia's aged care system. Public consultation on the draft new Aged Care Act is open until 8 March 2024. 

Policy and funding review

Take part in BreastScreen Australia's National Policy and Funding Review. Public consultation  open until 20 February 2024.

Make STI testing your Beforeplay

Find out information about testing and prevention of STIs.

Shield yourself from shingles

Yarn with your health professional about the shingles vaccine that’s free for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over.

60-day prescriptions of PBS medicines

Learn about the changes to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicine prescriptions.

Childhood immunisation

Childhood immunisation is a safe, free and effective way to protect your kids from serious diseases.

Palliative care

Education and training resources for aged and primary care staff.