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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  • This ACAR closed for applications in August 2018. Find out how many applications we received and who was successful in receiving residential aged care places, short-term restorative care (STRC) places and capital grants. You can view the results by state and territory, region and SA3.

  • The 2020 ACAR results have been announced. Find out who was successful in receiving new places and capital grant funding.

  • Signed by all Australian governments, the 2020–25 Addendum to National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA) aims to improve health outcomes for all Australians and ensure our health system is sustainable.

  • This program funds Primary Health Networks to engage culturally appropriate mental health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • This scholarship scheme encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to undertake undergraduate or graduate entry studies in pharmacy at an Australian university.

  • Accelerated Research has been consolidated into the Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan. This initiative supported researchers working to develop new treatments and cures for debilitating conditions, in areas of identified unmet need.

  • Trachoma still occurs in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We work with the affected states and territories to identify, treat and prevent this condition. We also report to the World Health Organization’s program to eradicate trachoma across the world.

  • Advance Care Planning Australia is a national program that promotes advance care planning, including resources and national curriculum and learning.

  • The Australian Government funds Regional Assessment Services (RAS) and Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT) to provide aged care assessment services. As an assessor, view our guides and resources to help you conduct and manage assessments in My Aged Care.

  • This framework sets out how our aged care system can meet the diverse needs of all older Australians. It includes action plans for government, aged care providers and consumers. It also provides resources to help providers meet the goals of the framework.

  • Aged Care Financial Monitoring and Business Assistance helps approved residential and home care providers understand and address major financial risks. This helps maintain a viable aged care sector that delivers high-quality care to older Australians.

  • Australia’s aged care sector will experience once in a generation reform. These measures will increase high quality, safe care services and provide dignity and respect to our senior Australians.

  • This grant provided funding for aged care service providers in regional, rural and remote areas to help improve infrastructure. Grants of up to $500,000 per aged care service were available. This grant is now closed for applications. Find out the common reasons why applications were not successful.

  • This measure is trialling different ways of helping people understand and engage with the aged care system. It will help us decide the best way to support people to navigate aged care.

  • The Aged Care Transition to Practice (ACTTP) program provides graduate nurses with support in their first year of clinical practice.

  • Find out who is eligible, how much the payments are, how you will receive the payment, and what to do if you have a problem with your payment.

  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious threat to human and animal health and is happening now. The more we use antibiotics, the more chances bacteria have to become resistant to them and are harder to treat. We all need to take action to preserve antibiotics and reduce the threat of AMR.

  • The Australian Brain Cancer Mission is a $133 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.

  • The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program trains medical registrars in general practice. Registrars who achieve their fellowship under the program can work as GPs anywhere in Australia. Find out about the program, who is eligible and how to apply.

  • We provide core funding for the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. It provides the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible.

  • The Australian Nurse–Family Partnership Program supports women who are pregnant with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander baby to help them become the best mum possible. Nurses make home visits to provide guidance during early pregnancy, the baby's infancy and into toddlerhood.

  • We contribute funding to these scholarships that help students with their day-to-day expenses and provide mentoring support while they undertake a course in health-related professions.

  • The Australian Thalidomide Survivors Support Program provides support to Australian thalidomide survivors. Find out about the program, including who is eligible and what support is available.

  • Be You provides educators in early learning services and schools with information, advice and support. This helps them teach children and young people skills for good social and emotional development, work together with families, recognise mental ill-health and refer them to appropriate support.

  • The Better Access initiative gives Medicare rebates to help people access mental health professionals and care, regardless of where they live. Find out how the initiative works, who is eligible and how you can access supports.

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