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 NDSP is an Australian Government initiative to fund information, education programs, services and resources.

  • The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) helps people with diabetes to understand and manage their life with diabetes. It also provides timely, reliable and affordable access to the NDSS support services and products.

  • The National Eating Disorders Collaboration is working to develop a nationally consistent, evidence-based approach to preventing and managing eating disorders in Australia.

  • 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 aimed to encourage 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.

  • 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 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 National Medical Workforce Strategy (2021–2031) has been developed to guide long-term medical workforce planning across Australia. This 10-year strategy will improve access to health care by supporting the right people to have the right skills, where we need them most.

  • 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.

  • State and territory governments established the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for health practitioners in 2010 by introducing consistent legislation in all jurisdictions. While NRAS is not an Australian Government scheme, it affects the health workforce across the country.

  • The Australian Government has released the National Roadmap for Improving the Health of People with Intellectual Disability to address serious health inequities faced by people with intellectual disability. Read about the roadmap and plan to improve the health of people with intellectual disability.

  • The National Rural Generalist Pathway recognises the extra requirements and skills of rural generalists and supports them to meet the diverse health needs of regional, rural and remote Australians. Rural generalists give these communities access to a broader range of specialist medical services.

  • 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 Suicide and Self-Harm Monitoring System collects information on suicide, intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour in Australia. It helps us develop tailored services, programs and policies to better support people and prevent suicide and self-harm.

  • The National Suicide Prevention Trial took place in 12 Australian regions from 2016-17 to 2020-21. We funded Primary Health Networks (PHNs) in those regions to develop and implement a systems-based approach to suicide prevention at a local level for at-risk populations.

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

  • The National Tobacco Strategy outlines our national policy framework for government and non-government organisations to work together to improve the health of all Australians by reducing smoking rates. Learn more about how we develop the strategy.

  • Australia's Youth Policy Framework sets out a blueprint for how the Government is supporting young people to navigate life’s challenges and be engaged and active citizens who contribute productively to society.

  • Healthcare providers offer bloodspot screening to all babies born in Australia. This blood test detects certain rare genetic conditions and metabolic disorders. Screening aims to improve the health of babies by identifying those at risk of developing a serious condition, allowing early intervention.

  • The Non-VR FSP supports doctors to gain their fellowship. This increases access to high-quality primary health care and enables doctors to register as specialist general practitioner and access higher Medicare rebates.

  • We fund a range of scholarship opportunities through the Australian College of Nursing including nursing, midwifery, aged care, undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships. Preference is given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

  • The ONRHC provides policy advice to the minister responsible for rural health. The National Rural Health Commissioner leads work to improve rural health policies and ensure there remains a strong focus on the health needs of rural communities.

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