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.

  • 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.

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

  • The Australian Government is investing in a multi-year Intergenerational Health and Mental Health Study (IHMHS). The IHMHS will provide the most complete picture ever collected of Australia's physical and mental health.

  • We fund this program to provide culturally appropriate aged care to older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The service providers in this program deliver a mix of aged care services, mainly in rural and remote areas.

  • This pilot program encouraged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to do the bowel screening test. It provided resources for families and communities, and primary health care professionals participating in the pilot program. We're working on a new way to distribute kits based on the results.

  • The QAAMS program provides rapid, on-site diabetes testing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in rural and remote locations. These tests provide a result in 6 minutes, meaning patients can receive their results during the same appointment.

  • SDAP provides free professional support to aged care service providers located in remote areas or who provide care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It aims to help providers in 3 main areas – provider capacity and support, sector development and infrastructure project management.

  • The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program aims to improve life expectancy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by reducing tobacco use. Local organisations run activities designed to reduce smoking rates. Resources and tools are available to support these activities.

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