Department of Health and Aged Care

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


Work with us

The work we do shapes health, aged care and sport policy, programs and research in Australia. 

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

Learn how to book a vaccine, why vaccination is important and the latest advice.

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.

Budget 2024–25

The 2024–25 Federal Budget was released on 14 May 2024.

Find fact sheets, media releases and other health, aged care and sport programs and measures from the Budget 2024–25.

View the Budget resources

Bowel cancer screening saves lives

Screening saves lives through early detection. From 1 July 2024, we are lowering the eligible screening age from 50 to 45.

View all National Bowel Cancer Screening Program information

Stronger Medicare Awards

To mark the 40th anniversary of Medicare, the Stronger Medicare Awards honour people who have made an exceptional contribution to the health of Australians. 

Nominate now

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Fighting flu starts with you

Influenza can be serious. The best way to protect against influenza is to get vaccinated each year.

Ending family violence

It’s everyone’s responsibility. Family, domestic and sexual violence can have a serious impact on the health and wellbeing of survivors and their loved ones.

About mental health

Mental health can affect anyone at any stage of life. 
Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in Australia.

Childhood immunisation

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

Palliative care

Free education and training resources for aged and primary care staff.

Cheaper medicines

There are more Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines available for 60-day prescriptions. 

Medical Costs Finder

Helping you find medical specialists, fees and costs for your private health procedure. 

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.