Celebrating 40 years of Medicare

In 2024, Australia is celebrating 40 years of Medicare, the backbone of Australia’s world-class health system.

A Medicare milestone 

In 2024, Australia celebrates 40 years of Medicare, the foundation of the nation’s world-class health system. For 4 decades, Medicare has guaranteed all Australians have access to a wide range of health and hospital services at low or no cost.

Medicare helps people to get the health care they need when they need it, no matter their income or where they live.

There are constant improvements being made to continue to build a stronger Medicare system and make health services more accessible.

Find out more about the history of Medicare

More activities are being planned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Medicare. Please check back regularly for updates. 

Stronger Medicare Awards

To mark the 40th anniversary of Medicare, the Stronger Medicare Awards honour people who have made an exceptional contribution to the health of Australians. 

The awards recognise Australia’s Medicare Champions. These are the outstanding people, teams and practices in primary health care who go above and beyond to improve the health of their community.

Nominations close 30 June 2024. 

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Well do you know a Medicare Champion?

Someone who goes above and beyond to benefit their patients.

Well, now is the time to nominate them for a Stronger Medicare Award.

To mark 40 years of Medicare, the Albanese government is looking to honour and recognise the many people and teams who work to keep us healthy in primary care settings right across the country.

Primary care is the first door Australians turn to when they have a health complaint.
From general practice to mental health, physios and other allied health and everything in between.

Medicare Champions are everyday people, health professionals, teams and practices that go above and beyond to improve the health of their patients or people in their community.

So if you know someone working alone or is part of a team that provides exceptional care or embraces innovation then nominate them as a Medicare Champion.

Anyone can submit a nomination until applications close on June 30.

Visit health.gov.au for more information.

Did you know?

Medicare stories

Neil

Meet Neil, celebrating 40 years of working in a customer service role with Medicare.

Jane

Meet Jane, a nurse practitioner who established a health clinic in Tasmania to provide health services to the homeless.

Dr Damien Smith

Meet Dr Damien Smith, the former principal advocate for the Optometrists Association Australia.

MaryJane

Meet MaryJane, a diabetes specialist from Victoria. 

Medicare Urgent Care Clinics

Medicare Urgent Care Clinics launched in 2023, giving families more options to see a doctor or nurse when they need care for urgent, but not life-threatening illnesses or injuries. 

Find out more about Medicare Urgent Care Clinics

MyMedicare

MyMedicare launched in 2023. MyMedicare is a new voluntary scheme inviting patients to enrol with a general practice registered with MyMedicare for:

  • better continuity of care
  • easier access to telehealth consultation
  • access to additional funding packages tailored to patients’ health needs.

Find out more about MyMedicare

Medicare resources for community groups

Community groups play an important role in supporting Australians and their families with their ongoing health needs.

Services Australia has put together an eKit to help you share information and resources about Medicare with people in your community.

Find out more about the Medicare resource eKit

News

Prime Minister announces the Stronger Medicare Awards

Recognising Medicare Champions – people, teams and practices in primary care that go above and beyond to benefit patients.

Prime Minister launches pop-up display celebrating 40 years of Medicare

On 6 February, a special '40 Years of Medicare' pop-up display was launched at Australian Parliament House in Canberra.

Celebrating 40 years of Medicare

In 2024, Australia is celebrating 40 years of Medicare, the backbone of Australia’s world-class health system.