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.

  • SIRS is the Australian Government’s proposed approach to reduce the risk of abuse and better respond to serious incidents in government-subsidised residential aged care. SIRS will build the ability of providers to better manage incidents if they occur and make sure care recipients are supported.

  • This measure is testing different ways of helping people to understand and engage with the aged care system. It will inform decisions about how to best support people to navigate aged care.

  • This program supports flexible ways of providing care where mainstream services cannot meet needs. It currently funds 8 innovative projects that focus on younger people with disabilities. The program stopped funding new projects in 2006.

  • The CVS arranges volunteer visits to older people to provide friendship and companionship. Visits are available to anyone receiving government-subsidised residential aged care or Home Care Packages.

  • DBMAS helps staff and carers supporting people living with dementia. This includes assessment, clinical support, care planning, mentoring, link to current research and a 24-hour help line.

  • Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT) help aged care providers who care for people will severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in residential aged care settings. They provide expert and timely advice when needed.

  • Dementia-Friendly Communities is an Australian Government-funded program to build understanding, awareness and acceptance of dementia in the community.

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

  • The Dementia Training Program offers a national approach to accredited education, upskilling, and professional development in dementia care.

  • 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 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission is a research program that is investing $185 million from 2018–19 to 2028–29. It aims to support older Australians to maintain their health and quality of life as they age, live independently for longer, and access quality care when they need it.

  • 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.

  • DoctorConnect provides information to international medical graduates and their employers. It aims to help international medical graduates understand the steps required to work as a doctor in Australia, where they can work and restrictions on billing patients under Medicare.

  • This initiative provides $633 million over 10 years from 2019–20 and supports high-quality research that improves patient care, translates new discoveries into practice, and encourages consumers and researchers to work together on emerging priorities.

  • The Stem Cell Therapies Mission is a research funding program that will invest $150 million over 9 years to develop innovative, safe and effective treatments accessible to all Australians who need them.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Australian Government will ensure that all men’s sheds in Australia have access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • We are trialling reablement care approaches among CHSP providers in selected regions. The trial will give us a better idea of how these approaches help senior Australians stay independent for longer. Find out how it affects CHSP providers.

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