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From 1 April 2019, new rules are being introduced to help make private health insurance simpler, more affordable. This will make it easier for you to choose the cover that best suits you and your family.
A new report shows the power of local campaigns in reducing tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Australians at risk from influenza are encouraged to obtain free vaccination, with more than six million doses of the latest influenza vaccines available under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) in 2019.
The Australian Government has issued a statement of support for the Australian Advisory Board on Technology and Healthcare Competitiveness.
From 1 July 2019, you will be able to compare clear pricing information for home care services using the My Aged Care service finder. This will help you to work out which provider best meets your needs.
A new Charter of Aged Care Rights will take effect from 1 July 2019. This will replace the 4 separate charters we have now, making aged care rights easier to understand for everyone.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety welcomes input from the Australian community on aged care issues. Share your ideas on how to improve aged care and your experiences with aged care services.
A new consumer information campaign to help educate Australians on the safe and effective use of their Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines commenced on 28 March 2019.
An important part of our National Ice Action Strategy, extra local drug action teams will be working with local communities to prevent and minimise alcohol and drug-related harm.
We are continuing to fund alcohol and drug treatment and support services and trial new initiatives so that help is available to those who need it.
Annual vaccination is the most effective way of reducing the impact of the flu in the community, especially in residential aged care facilities.
Australia's National Immunisation Strategy for 2019 to 2024 has now been released. The strategy includes eight strategic priority areas for action to complement and strengthen the NIP.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is available for free to young Australians through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
Phase 3 of the Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign – Get the Facts (the Campaign) has launched to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.
A new report on general practice in Australia, released today by the Department of Health and NPS MedicineWise
Australia will host two World Cups in 2020. This is the first time the International Cricket Council Women’s and Men’s T20 World Cups will be held as separate events in the same country.
AusVaxSafety is a national system for monitoring vaccine safety in Australia. The report shows how parents and carers responded to the SMS about their child's health a few days after their vaccination at each schedule point in the National Immunisation Program (NIP) in Australia in 2016-17.