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 is now open for applications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 testing different ways of helping people to understand and engage with the aged care system. It will inform decisions about how to best support people to navigate aged care.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) is now part of the Medical Research Commercialisation initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan.

  • BioMedTech Horizons is now part of the Medical Research Commercialisation initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan.

  • This initiative invested $10 million in research to help promote good health practice, prevent disease and keep people out of hospital.

  • The invitation to free breast screening now covers women up to 74.
    Everything you need to know about why you should take up our invitation is right here.

  • The BreastScreen Australia Program aims to reduce illness and death from breast cancer by detecting the disease early. Women aged 50 to 74 years of age are invited to have a free screening mammogram every 2 years.

  • The Business Improvement Fund gives short-term targeted grants to eligible aged care providers who are at risk of severe financial difficulty, ensuring senior Australians' needs are met. It prioritises those in rural and remote areas and providers who were affected by bushfires.

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

  • The Australian Government is investing $190.8 million over 10 years in the next generation of talented Australian researchers. This initiative supports health care professionals researching topics important to clinical care.

  • The Continuity of Support (CoS) Programme provides continuity of support to older people with disability who are receiving state-managed specialist disability services at the time of implementation of the CoS Programme but are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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