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 Frontier Health and Medical Research initiative will provide $700 million over 10 years from 2022-23 to support researchers to develop new health and medical breakthroughs.

  • The General Practitioner Procedural Training Support Program (GPPTSP) aims to improve maternity services for women living in rural and remote areas. It supports general practitioners (GPs) in those areas to gain procedural skills in anaesthetics and obstetrics.

  • The Genomics Health Futures Mission is investing $500.1 million 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 Get Up & Grow program developed resources that help parents and educators to make sure children eat healthy foods and are physically active, so they grow up healthy and strong. The resources are available in multiple languages.

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

  • The Global Health initiative will provide $30 million over 10 years from 2022-23 to fund projects that improve our understanding of global health threats and how best to tackle them.

  • We undertook a review to advise and recommend possible enhancements to the Australian Men’s Shed Association’s (AMSA) governance arrangements and Australian Government funding to the men’s shed movement in Australia.

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

  • Griefline is a free national helpline offering confidential telephone counselling 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They provide early intervention and prevention of mental health difficulties, which may compound a person’s experience of grief, loss and trauma.

  • This project aims to improve access and the quality of palliative care service delivery for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia, by providing a suite of tailored education and training materials to support cultural safety within palliative care services.

  • Haemopoietic progenitor cells (HPC) therapy can save the lives of patients with conditions of the blood, blood-producing organs or immune system. The program funds several initiatives to help eligible Australians to access HPC treatments.

  • Head to Health provides information, advice and links to free and low-cost phone and online mental health services, as well as supports to help you or someone you know.

  • headspace provides mental health support services to young people aged 12 to 25 years, who are experiencing, or at risk, of mental ill-health.

  • 15 HeadtoHelp hubs have been established to support Victorians during the COVID-19 pandemic. All Victorians affected by COVID-19 can access the free HeadtoHelp services by attending in-person at a clinic near them or by calling 1800 595 212 to talk a mental health professional about their needs.

  • We are building a Health Products Portal (HPP) to provide a single digital channel for the pharmaceutical industry to interact with us about regulated and reimbursed health-related products and services.

  • This program provides scholarships and bursaries to existing health professionals committed to rural service. It supports the cost of completing postgraduate and short courses, attending accredited industry conferences, or completing vocational education and training courses.

  • Through the voluntary Healthy Food Partnership, we work with the food industry and the public health sector to encourage Australians to eat healthy foods, and we support food companies to make positive changes. This will help reduce diet-related diseases, and overweight and obesity in Australia.

  • This initiative reduces outstanding Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt for eligible doctors and nurse practitioners who live and work in rural, remote or very remote areas of Australia.

  • The Australian Government subsidises organisations to provide home care services to eligible older people. As an approved provider of Home Care Packages, make sure you understand how funding works, the fees you can charge, and what your responsibilities are.

  • The Home Care Workforce Support Program is supporting the aged care sector to grow the home care workforce by 13,000 workers over the next 2 years.

  • Help protect young people from a range of cancers and diseases caused by HPV. Young people aged 12 to 13 years can get the free HPV vaccine at school.

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

  • The Immunoglobulin Review (Ig Review) Pilot Process is looking at the use of government-funded immunoglobulin treatment for selected conditions. This helps us make sure patients receive the most beneficial treatment available.

  • This project aims to improve access to palliative care for people with intellectual disability through a web-based toolkit and national data collection.

  • The Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) program helps people and families who have problems with breaking down protein in their food. They need a special diet, and the IEM program helps them pay for their specialised food.

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