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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  • 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.

  • Kids Helpline provides a free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged 5 to 25 years. The service is available 24 hours a day from anywhere in Australia.

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

  • Life in Mind connects suicide prevention services to each other and the community.

  • The Life Saving Drugs Program (LSDP) pays for specific essential medicines to treat patients with rare and life-threatening diseases.

  • Lifeline provides information and immediate phone support to people who are struggling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • 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.

  • 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 program helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have chronic conditions to access health care. It does this by covering some costs – like travel and accommodation – for health professionals who provide the outreach services.

  • The Medical Research Commercialisation initiative supports innovative early stage health and medical research in Australia. It helps researchers transform their ideas into life-saving medicines, devices and treatments to help tomorrow’s patients.

  • The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is a $20 billion long-term investment supporting Australian health and medical research. The MRFF aims to transform health and medical research and innovation to improve lives, build the economy and contribute to health system sustainability.

  • 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.

  • The MBS Continuous Review will ensure the MBS continues to support high-quality care, remains flexible, and stays up to date. We do this through a process of ongoing expert reviews.

  • The MBS Review considered how MBS items could be better aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice, to improve health outcomes. The review ran from 2015 to 2020. The Australian Government is progressively considering and implementing the recommendations.

  • The Australian Government is expanding eligibility for the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) initiative for aged care residents. Find out more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Meningococcal disease is serious, but you can be protected. Young people aged 14-16 years can get the free meningococcal ACWY vaccine at school in year 10.

  • The Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission aims to support a million Australians with mental health issues access new approaches to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The Medical Research Future Fund is providing $125 million over 10 years from 2018–19 for this Mission.

  • Mindframe guides the media on reporting sensitively about suicide, mental ill-health, alcohol and other drugs.

  • MindSpot is a free digital mental health clinic, guided by qualified therapists, which provides information about mental health, online assessments and online treatment for adults with anxiety, stress, depression and chronic pain.

  • Mitochondrial donation is an IVF-based assisted reproductive technology. It has the potential to prevent mitochondrial disease in babies born to mothers who may otherwise pass on the disease. Learn more about what mitochondrial donation is, why it's important, and how we propose to introduce it.

  • 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.

  • The Multi-Purpose Services Program combines funding for aged care services from the Australian Government with state and territory health services. This joint initiative means small regional and remote communities can offer flexible aged care services that meet the needs of their community.

  • The Murray–Darling Medical Schools Network establishes 5 rurally based university medical school programs in New South Wales and Victoria. Medical students can stay rural while they study medicine. This is part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy initiative.

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