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 Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) initiative is a $32 million investment over 4 years that brings universities and industry together. It will provide researchers with industry placements, mentoring and exchange programs.

  • The International Clinical Trial Collaboration (ICTC) initiative has been consolidated into the Clinical Trials Activity initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan. ICTC supported Australian researchers to conduct clinical trial research in collaboration with international researchers.

  • Keeping Australians out of Hospital has been consolidated into the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan. This initiative supported research into preventive health measures for chronic health conditions, to keep people out of hospital.

  • Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research has been consolidated into Preventive and Public Health Research under the MRFF 10-year plan. The activity provides a way to compare the effectiveness of health services and address areas of health care practice with low evidence.

  • Maternal Health and First 2000 Days/Women’s Health has been consolidated into the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan.

  • This initiative aims to give health professionals the skills they need to discuss alcohol and pregnancy with women. It has developed resources such as accredited training, brochures and videos.

  • The Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care measure aims to improve palliative care coordination through Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

  • The Genomics Health Futures Mission will invest $500 million over 10 years in genomic research. It will improve testing and diagnosis for many diseases, help personalise treatment options to better target and improve health outcomes, and reduce unnecessary interventions and health costs.

  • The National Tobacco Campaign aims to reduce smoking rates in Australia. It is part of our National Tobacco Strategy.

  • The Australian Brain Cancer Mission is a $124 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.

  • A program to improve the distribution of our health workforce. Under this program, employers who are sponsoring a visa for an International Medical Graduate (IMG) must apply for a Health Workforce Certificate.

  • The Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care measure aims to help older Australians living in residential aged care, nearing end of their life.

  • The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) provides a payment to help with some of the costs of your continence products.

  • The National Continence Program (NCP) is a national program to support the prevention and management of incontinence.

  • Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need Clinical Trials has been consolidated into the Clinical Trials Activity initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan.

  • Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM) is a computer system that aims to reduce misuse of controlled medicines in Australia. It will alert prescribers and pharmacists to a patient’s medication history before they write or dispense prescriptions for a controlled medicine.

  • The Australian Government is investing in a pilot program to make naloxone available free to people who may experience, or witness, an opioid overdose.

  • This funded website provides current, authoritative and evidence-based information about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). It has resources for parents and carers, researchers, health professionals and health care providers.

  • This funded initiative encourages Australians to go alcohol-free during their pregnancy or the pregnancy of loved ones. It helps mums-to-be build a strong support system. It also raises awareness of the serious effects of alcohol during pregnancy.

  • The National Immunisation Program (NIP) was set up by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments in 1997. It aims to increase national immunisation coverage to reduce the number of cases of diseases that are preventable by vaccination in Australia.

  • 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.

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