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 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.

  • This program is for doctors who are temporary or permanent residents of Australia and not vocationally recognised. Doctors on this program get support and training towards joining a college Fellowship program to become vocationally recognised.

  • We are trialling reablement care approaches among CHSP providers in selected regions. The trial will give us a better idea of how these approaches help senior Australians stay independent for longer. Find out how it affects CHSP providers.

  • The campaign aims to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.

  • Reaching out for help and support is an important first step in dealing with the issues drugs and alcohol might be causing in your life, or affecting a friend or family member.

  • Girls Make Your Move is about inspiring, energising and empowering young women to be more active regardless of ethnicity, size or ability.

  • 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 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.

  • The Australian Government has established a program to support researchers to push the boundaries to develop new health and medical breakthroughs.

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

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