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 Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program aims to improve life expectancy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by reducing tobacco use. Local organisations run activities designed to reduce smoking rates. Resources and tools are available to support these activities.

  • The Australian Government is investing in a pilot program to make naloxone available free to people who may experience, or witness, an opioid overdose.

  • TEL shows you how to teach people with intellectual disability about the end of life. It is designed for disability support workers, but is also helpful for others including families, health professionals, and educators.

  • Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research has been consolidated into Preventive and Public Health Research under the MRFF 10-year plan. The activity provides a way to compare the effectiveness of health services and address areas of health care practice with low evidence.

  • Targeted Translation Research Accelerator has been consolidated into the Preventive and Public Health Research initiative under the MRFF 10-year plan.

  • The Advance Project provides resources on advance care planning and palliative care for people living with dementia, through training and resources for the primary care workforce.

  • The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, delivered by Emerging Minds, assists professionals and organisations who work with children and their parents or families to have the skills to identify, assess and support children at risk of mental health conditions.

  • This program helps older people get back on their feet after a hospital stay. It provides short-term care for up to 12 weeks, including social work, nursing support, personal care and allied health care. State and territory governments are the approved providers of transition care.

  • The Transition to Practice Program provides an evidence-based framework of support over 12 months to nurses who have transitioned to primary health care and feel they would benefit from additional support. We fund the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) to provide this program.

  • Approved providers of government-subsidised aged care can use the Translating and Interpreting Service for free when discussing care needs, fees, care plans and budgets with clients. The Australian Government funds these services so that all people can take an active role in their aged care.

  • The Traumatic Brain Injury Mission will invest $50 million over 10 years to improve patient recovery after brain injury. It will support projects that predict recovery outcomes, or identify the most effective care and treatments.

  • The Value in Prescribing (ViP) Program funds resources, tools and interventions. These support specialist health professionals and patients in using immunoglobulin products and alternatives to biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs). Read about the program.

  • The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre brought together Australian and Victorian Government agencies to manage the response to
    COVID-19 in Victorian residential aged care facilities.

  • Under this program employers who are sponsoring a visa for an International Medical Graduate (IMG) must apply for a Health Workforce Certificate. Hospital employers who are sponsoring a temporary or provisional visa for an IMG must apply for a Health Workforce Exemption Certificate.

  • For your Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) service to remain eligible for government funding, you need to embed wellness and reablement services into your organisation. Join our community of practice and find resources to help you.

  • This initiative aims to give health professionals the skills they need to discuss alcohol and pregnancy with women. It has developed resources such as accredited training, brochures and videos.

  • The Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) improves access to quality medical, nursing and allied health services in regional, rural and remote areas. Its financial incentives encourage doctors to work in these areas and support medical practices to employ nurses and eligible allied health professionals.

  • The Government is working to stop the flow of younger people (under the age of 65) going into residential aged care, and to help younger people who are already in residential aged care to move to age-appropriate accommodation and support.

  • Keeping yourself and your baby healthy during pregnancy starts with 3 steps: eat well, stay active and ask for support.

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