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 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.

  • The Other Medical Practitioner (OMPs) programs provide access to higher Medicare rebates for doctors without fellowship who deliver services in approved locations and meet eligibility requirements.

  • The OzFoodNet network monitors and responds to foodborne diseases in Australia. Learn about how it monitors, investigates and responds to foodborne diseases to protect Australians from food poisoning.

  • 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.

  • The Personal Importation Scheme allows you to legally import from overseas a 3-month supply of most therapeutic goods for personal use or for use by someone in your immediate family. You are not allowed to sell these goods.

  • We fund the poliovirus surveillance program to ensure Australia maintains its polio-free status. Learn more about how we prevent, prepare for, monitor and respond to the threat of poliovirus.

  • 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.

  • The Practice Incentives Program – Indigenous Health Incentive (PIP IHI) provides payments to health services to provide better care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with a chronic disease.

  • 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.

  • Prevention Hub is a collaboration of the Black Dog Institute and Everymind to deliver a research program that targets people at greater risk of mental health conditions and suicide.

  • The Preventive and Public Health Research initiative will provide $596.5 million over 10 years from 2022-23. It will fund targeted research into new ways to address risk factors for chronic and complex diseases in Australia.

  • PRIMM funds solutions that address specific primary healthcare service issues within local rural communities and regions. It encourages multiple towns to work together and share primary healthcare services.

  • The Primary Health Care Activity initiative provides grants for health providers to deliver culturally appropriate primary health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • The Primary Health Care Research initiative will provide $100 million over 10 years from 2022-23. It aims to support an increase in Australia’s evidence base in primary health care through research to improve service delivery and patient outcomes, and translate this knowledge into action.

  • Australia’s 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are independent organisations working to streamline health services – particularly for those at risk of poor health outcomes – and to better coordinate care so people receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

  • This program gives specialised support to people who survived trauma and torture before coming to live in Australia. Find out who is eligible, how the program works and how to access it.

  • 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.

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