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 NEBDS helps eligible people with epidermolysis bullosa access dressings, bandages and ancillary products at a reduced cost. It also ensures a consistent level of care across Australia. The scheme is currently administered by Independence Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.

  • 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.

  • The National Incident Room (NIR) coordinates national responses to health emergencies, significant events and emerging threats, where there is an impact on human health or health systems.

  • This pilot program encouraged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to do the bowel screening test. It provided resources for families and communities, and primary health care professionals participating in the pilot program. We're working on a new way to distribute kits based on the results.

  • Injury is a major cause of preventable death and disability. This strategy will help us reduce injury among Australians of all ages over the next 10 years.

  • The National LGBTIQ+ Health Alliance works with the palliative care sector to provide appropriate services and increase knowledge and awareness of palliative care within LGBTIQ+ communities.

  • The National Medical Stockpile is a strategic reserve of drugs, vaccines, antidotes and personal protective equipment for use in national health emergencies. We purchase and stockpile these items so Australia is more self-sufficient during an emergency and able to meet high levels of demand.

  • The Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM) is a nationally implemented system, designed to monitor the prescribing and dispensing of controlled medicines with the aim of reducing their misuse in Australia.

  • The National Security Against Pandemic Risk initiative contributed to a global effort to develop vaccines against future pandemic diseases.

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

  • The National Youth Policy Framework will outline how Australian Government policies and programs help improve the lives of young Australians. It will aim to give young people a voice in policies that affect them. The Youth Taskforce will deliver this framework by the end of 2020.

  • palliAGED is the palliative care evidence and practice information resource for the Australian aged care sector. It provides support for health and care practitioners as well as resource developers. The website also provides trustworthy information for older Australians, their families and friends.

  • Palliative Care Australia provides national leadership to contribute to the development of palliative care public policy in Australia and promotes increased awareness of palliative care.

  • The PCC4U program promotes the inclusion of palliative care education as part of all medical, nursing, and allied health undergraduate and entry to practice training, as well as their ongoing professional development.

  • This project will design a new National Framework for palliative care in Australian prisons, including development of national policies, a clinical service model of care and a toolkit of resources.

  • The palliative care educational resource helps health professionals to use the Guidelines for a Palliative Approach to Aged Care in the Community in their practice.

  • PCOC helps palliative care providers to identify and measure the impact of their service delivery on people with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers.

  • PICAC supports aged care service providers to deliver care that meets the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people. You can access their workshops, training, information sessions, fact sheets and guides.

  • Australian governments run a number of health screening programs that look for early signs of certain diseases. These population-based programs are offered to everyone in defined target groups. Screening helps reduce the risk of Australians developing or dying from these diseases.

  • 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.

  • This initiative supports targeted research on new ways to address risk factors for chronic and complex diseases in Australia.

  • The Primary Health Care Research initiative will increase Australia’s evidence base in primary health care through research to improve service delivery and patient outcomes, and translate this knowledge into action.

  • The PEPA program is part of the Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative and helps health professionals to deliver palliative care by providing training in clinical placements in specialist palliative care services and interactive workshops.

  • Aged care providers sometimes deliver services to younger people with a disability. Learn more about the NDIS and how it supports younger people to access services, and how to become an NDIS provider.

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