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 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission is investing $185 million. It supports older Australians to maintain their health and quality of life as they age, live independently for longer, and access quality care when they need it.

  • Dementia-Friendly Communities is an Australian Government-funded program to build understanding, awareness and acceptance of dementia in the community.

  • Digital mental health services offer online and phone support to anyone who needs it, including those with mental ill-health and health professionals. These services are important for those who might not otherwise seek support, are in a crisis or live in rural areas. Find out how to access support.

  • Our digital transformation agenda is working to create a better-connected aged care IT network that is consolidated, sustainable, automated and modern.

  • The DSOA program supports older people with disability who received specialist disability services from the Continuity of Support (CoS) Programme, but were not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

  • 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.

  • Syphilis is a sexually transmissible infection (STI) that can affect your whole body. It's serious and cases are on the rise in Australia.

  • 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.

  • Everyone should have the chance to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. The Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity Grant Program gives people this chance. It supports those who are generally less likely to play sports and be active.

  • 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.

  • The Early to Mid-Career Researchers initiative will invest $384.2 million over 10 years from 2022-23 in early to mid-career researchers (EMCRs). The initiative will build and grow research capacity and capability in Australia by supporting EMCRs to continue their health and medical research careers.

  • The Easy Vaccine Access (EVA) service helps you to book a COVID-19 vaccination. Simply message the EVA call back service on 0481 611 382 between 7 am to 10 pm (AEST), 7 days a week.

  • This project focuses on education workshops to train and upskill clinicians about how to explore and discuss psycho-existential symptoms, and to treat or refer appropriately.

  • Electronic prescribing is now widely available. It provides an option for prescribers and their patients to use an electronic prescription as an alternative to paper prescriptions. Paper prescriptions are still available.

  • Embrace Multicultural Mental Health provides a national focus on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It provides mental health services and access to culturally accessible resources, services and information.

  • The Emerging Priorities and Consumer-Driven Research initiative will provide $613 million over 10 years from 2022-23. It will support high-quality research that improves patient care, translates new discoveries into practice, and encourages consumers and researchers to work together.

  • ELDAC provides information, guidance, and resources to health professionals and aged care workers on palliative care and advance care planning to improve the care of older Australians.

  • End of Life Essentials provides online education, a toolkit and web-based resources for clinicians working in acute settings.

  • This project helps clinicians learn about end-of-life law and the effects this has on end-of-life care and palliative care for patients.

  • 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.

  • The Five Year Overseas Trained Doctors Scheme improves access to doctors in rural and remote areas. It increases the supply of doctors to work in these areas where their services are needed the most.

  • The Flexible Approach to Training in Expanded Settings (FATES) funds new non-general practitioner specialist medical training approaches. FATES aims to broaden the skills of the specialist workforce, bring more specialists to regional areas, and ensure all Australians can access high-quality care.

  • Financial assistance, health services and mental health support is available for communities impacted by the current 2022 flooding event in Queensland and New South Wales. Find out where you can get help.

  • For our past, for our future, for all of us. Let’s get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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