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.
This program supports flexible ways of providing care where mainstream services cannot meet needs. It currently funds 8 innovative projects that focus on younger people with disabilities. The program stopped funding new projects in 2006.
DBMAS helps staff and carers supporting people living with dementia. This includes assessment, clinical support, care planning, mentoring, link to current research and a 24-hour help line.
Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT) help aged care providers who care for people will severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in residential aged care settings. They provide expert and timely advice when needed.
Dementia-Friendly Communities is an Australian Government-funded program to build understanding, awareness and acceptance of dementia in the community.
The Dementia Training Program offers a national approach to accredited education, upskilling, and professional development in dementia care.
The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is a $20 billion long-term investment supporting Australian health and medical research. Our 10-year plan for the MRFF supports life-saving and job-creating medical research, reaffirming Australia’s reputation as a global leader in the field.
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.
Men’s sheds are community-based, non-commercial organisations that are open to all men. Men’s sheds improve the health and wellbeing of their members by giving them a safe place to make friends, share meaningful activities, talk, and access health information and resources.
The NSDP makes sure that all men’s sheds in Australia have access to a wide range of resources and support for their particular shed.
The Australian Government will ensure that all men’s sheds in Australia have access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Regional coordinators provide support to men’s sheds in each state and territory in Australia to support men’s access to health information and resources to improve their wellbeing.
The campaign aims to deliver personally relevant information about the health impacts of smoking and importantly, to show smokers the health benefits that quitting has for themselves and their community.
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.
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 National Security Against Pandemic Risk initiative contributed to a global effort to develop vaccines against future pandemic diseases.
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 Rapid Applied Research Translation initiative will provide $218 million over 10 years to accredited Translation Centres. These centres ‘translate’ research findings into clinical practice and deliver solutions to health service problems that affect patients.
Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance in Aged Care Facilities has been consolidated into the Global Health initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan. This initiative helped tackle the threat of microbes such as bacteria, viruses or parasites becoming resistant to standard medical treatments.
Lifting Clinical Trials and Registries Capacity – Clinical Trials Networks initiative has been consolidated into a part of the Clinical Trials Activity initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan.
Targeted Translation Research Accelerator has been consolidated into the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan.