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 Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) will help reduce abuse and neglect in Australian Government-subsidised residential aged care. The scheme will build providers’ skills so they can better manage and respond to serious incidents and better support care recipients.

  • The Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission aims to support a million Australians with mental health issues access new approaches to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The Medical Research Future Fund is providing $125 million over 10 years from 2018–19 for this mission.

  • The National Tobacco Campaign aims to reduce smoking rates in Australia. It is part of our National Tobacco Strategy.

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

  • The SDCP funds specialist dementia care units in residential aged care homes. The units provide specialised care to people with very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. They aim to reduce or stabilise symptoms so that people can move into less intensive care settings.

  • The Australian Brain Cancer Mission is a $131.2 million fund that supports research into brain cancer treatments. It aims to double the survival rate of Australians living with brain cancer over the next 10 years.

  • ACETI provides incentive payments to aged care workers who complete certain training courses. ACETI is closed to new participants.

  • The CHSP provides entry-level support for older people who need some help to stay at home. Service providers work with them to maintain their independence and keep them as well as possible. Find out what service providers need to know about this program.

  • Everyone should have the chance to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. The Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity Grant Program gives people this chance. It supports those who are generally less likely to play sports and be active.

  • This initiative provides funding for research infrastructure that will be used to conduct world-class health and medical research. It includes funding for facilities in rural and remote areas so that people can participate in clinical trials without the need to travel to a major city.

  • The Global Health initiative will invest $28.4 million over 10 years to fund projects that improve our understanding of global health threats and how best to tackle them. The initial focus is on tackling antimicrobial resistance and drug-resistant tuberculosis.

  • The Clinical Trials Activity initiative helps Australian researchers and patients test new treatments through national and international clinical trials.

  • Injury is a major cause of preventable death and disability. This strategy will help us reduce injury among Australians of all ages over the next 10 years.

  • Approved providers of government-subsidised aged care can use the Translating and Interpreting Service for free when discussing care needs, fees, care plans and budgets with clients. The Australian Government funds these services so that all people can take an active role in their aged care.

  • The Stem Cell Therapies Mission is a research funding program that will invest $150 million over 9 years to develop innovative, safe and effective treatments accessible to all Australians who need them.

  • The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) provides a payment to help with some of the costs of your continence products.

  • If you provide Australian Government–subsidised aged care services, you can access free sign language interpreting services to support clients who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing.

  • The Traumatic Brain Injury Mission will invest $50 million over 10 years to improve patient recovery after brain injury. It will support projects that predict recovery outcomes, or identify the most effective care and treatments.

  • The Indigenous Health Research Fund (IHRF) is investing in Indigenous-led research to tackle health issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • 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.

  • This initiative supports targeted research on new ways to address risk factors for chronic and complex diseases in Australia.

  • The Cardiovascular Health Mission will invest $220 million over 10 years to bring together researchers, health professionals, industry and patients to make transformative improvements in heart and vascular health and stroke for all Australians.

  • The Medical Research Commercialisation initiative supports innovative early stage health and medical research in Australia. It helps researchers transform their ideas into life-saving medicines, devices and treatments to help tomorrow’s patients.

  • This initiative provides $633 million over 10 years from 2019–20 and supports high-quality research that improves patient care, translates new discoveries into practice, and encourages consumers and researchers to work together on emerging priorities.

  • A living organ donor is someone who donates a kidney or partial liver to another person — usually a relative or close friend — who has end-stage kidney disease or liver failure. This program helps with the financial stress of recovering from donating an organ.


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