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Initiatives and programs

We're working on a range of policy initiatives, programs and campaigns to help improve your health and the health of all Australians.

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  • The Australian Government is investing in the talent and capacity of Australia's health and medical research workforce.

  • The Australian Government is investing in clinical trials to improve treatments and discover cures for debilitating and deadly rare cancers, rare diseases and areas of unmet need.

  • The Australian Government is investing in research that delivers solutions to health service problems that directly benefits patients.

  • The Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) initiative will bring universities and industry together. It will provide researchers with industry placements, mentoring and exchange programs.

  • The Australian Government is investing in bold and transformative research to support one million people with mental health issues access new and innovative approaches to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

  • The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is supporting our inspiring researchers to discover the next penicillin, pacemaker, cervical cancer vaccine, or cochlear ear.

  • The Australian Government is establishing a program to support researchers to push the boundaries to develop new health and medical breakthroughs.

  • A program to improve the distribution of our health workforce. Under this program, employers who are sponsoring a visa for an International Medical Graduate (IMG) must apply for a Health Workforce Certificate.

  • The Australian Government is investing in a pilot program to make naloxone available free to people who may experience, or witness, an opioid overdose.

  • The Australian Government is investing in a global effort to fund critical research and development gaps for pandemic preparedness and global health security to better protect Australians.

  • The Australian Government is investing in research to help tackle the threat in aged care facilities, of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses or parasites becoming resistant to standard medical treatments.

  • The Australian Government is investing in Clinical Trial Networks to identify important research questions and test the effectiveness of existing and new clinical care.

  • The Australian Government is investing in research to improve the opportunity for health intervention in the time between a woman's pregnancy and her child's fifth birthday.

  • The Australian Government is investing in research to reduce avoidable hospitalisation and improve the prevention and management of chronic and complex health conditions.

  • The Australian Government is investing in research to drive a new era of better health care and fuel jobs and growth through research.

  • The Australian Government is investing in research to help promote good health practice, prevent disease and keep people out of hospital.

  • The Australian Government is investing in research to improve the lives of patients with chronic conditions through new methods of prevention, treatments and cures.

  • The Australian Government is investing in research to compare the effectiveness of health services, address areas of practice with low evidence and explore consumer-driven research.

  • The Australian Government is supporting early-stage research discoveries to develop into viable treatments that will change lives and improve healthcare.

  • The Australian Government is supporting researchers and entrepreneurs to help them turn medical discoveries in viable treatments that will change lives and improve healthcare.

  • The Australian Government is investing in health and medical research to support emerging priorities and fill gaps in research effort.

  • This initiative aims to give health professionals the skills they need to discuss alcohol and pregnancy with women. It has developed resources such as accredited training, brochures and videos.

  • DoctorConnect provides information to international medical graduates and their employers. It aims to help international medical graduates understand the steps required to work as a doctor in Australia, where they can work and restrictions on billing patients under Medicare.

  • The Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care measure aims to improve palliative care coordination through Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

  • The Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care measure aims to help older Australians living in residential aged care, nearing end of their life.

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