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 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.

  • We contribute funding to these scholarships, which support medical students to complete a year at a Rural Clinical School. The aim is to encourage students to practice medicine in rural Australia.

  • We contribute funding for these scholarships, which support nursing students to complete their major clinical placement and graduating year in a rural or remote area. The aim is to encourage students to pursue a nursing career in rural Australia.

  • 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.

  • An evaluation of the Better Access initiative is taking place. The evaluation will consider if Better Access improves patient outcomes and increases access to mental health care. It will also consider how we can improve Better Access.

  • 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.

  • Beyond Blue provides information and immediate phone support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This includes the Way Back Support Service, which supports people who have attempted suicide.

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

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

  • The Bonded Medical Places Scheme has closed to new applicants. Existing participants can either continue with this scheme or opt in to the more flexible Bonded Medical Program.

  • The Bonded Medical Program helps address the shortage of medical professionals in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. It provides a Commonwealth Supported Place in a medical course in exchange for participants working in those areas after they graduate.

  • 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.

  • BreastScreen Australia is a joint initiative of the Australian and state and territory governments and aims to reduce illness and death from breast cancer by detecting the disease early. Women over 40 can have a free mammogram every 2 years and we actively invite women aged 50 to 74 to screen.

  • Residential and home care service providers can apply for free, independent, confidential advice to help review operations and gain advice on business management and financial strategies.

  • The Cardiovascular Health Mission is investing $220 million. It brings together researchers, health professionals, industry and patients to make transformative improvements in heart and vascular health and stroke for all Australians.

  • Care for Kids’ Ears helps parents, carers, teachers, teachers’ aides, early childhood workers and health professionals recognise and prevent ear disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

  • CarerHelp provides free information, resources and advice, including managing grief and loss, to help when caring for a loved one.

  • CareSearch provides nationally available websites to connect health professionals and the general public with trustworthy, evidence-based information and resources in palliative care.

  • Caring@Home provides resources that will support people to be cared for, and to die, at home if that is their choice. Resources are available for community service providers, health care professionals and carers.

  • The Centre for Growth and Translational Research will conduct research with aged care workers, providers, researchers and people who use aged care services. Findings will be used to create innovative solutions for the aged care sector to ensure best possible care to senior Australians.

  • The Clinical Trials Activity initiative will provide $750 million over 10 years from 2022-23. It will help Australian researchers and patients test new treatments through national and international clinical trials.

  • The Clinician Researchers initiative will provide $200 million over 10 years from 2022-23 to support the next generation of talented Australian researchers. It will support health care professionals researching topics important to clinical care.

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