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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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  • Approved Medical Deputising Services (AMDS) program

    The Approved Medical Deputising Services (AMDS) program enables non-vocationally recognised doctors to access Medicare benefits for providing after-hours services on behalf of other doctors. This helps them get general practice experience, while ensuring people can access health care after hours.
  • Approved Private Emergency Department (APED) Program

    Through the APED Program, advanced specialist trainees doing their emergency medicine training can work under supervision in a private hospital for 12 months and access relevant Medicare items. This helps increase the number of emergency medicine specialists in Australia.
  • Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program

    The AGPT Program is a way to become a general practitioner (GP) in Australia. Registrars who complete the program can work unsupervised as a GP anywhere in the country. We fund 1,500 training places every year. Australia’s GP colleges deliver this program for us.
  • Australian Rotary Health Rural Nursing Scholarships

    We contribute funding for these scholarships, which support nursing students to complete their major clinical placement and graduating year in a rural or remote area. The aim is to encourage students to pursue a nursing career in rural Australia.
  • Bonded Medical Places Scheme

    The Bonded Medical Places Scheme has closed to new applicants. Existing participants can either continue with this scheme or opt in to the more flexible Bonded Medical Program.
  • Commonwealth Qualified Privilege Scheme

    This scheme grants qualified privilege to certain quality assurance activities to prevent the release of identifying information. This encourages more health professionals to take part in activities that assess and improve the quality of health services.
  • Cosmetic surgery

    Cosmetic surgery has risks. If you’re considering cosmetic surgery, it’s important to do your research using reliable sources of information. Find out about cosmetic surgery in Australia and how to make an informed decision about your procedure.
  • COVID-19 surge health workforce package

    The COVID-19 pandemic placed an enormous burden on our health services and the people who work in it. The Australian Government is working with key stakeholders to tackle these challenges and maintain our world-class healthcare system.
  • DoctorConnect

    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.
  • First Nations Health Worker Traineeship Program

    This program supports up to 500 First Nations students to undertake accredited training in the health sector. We fund the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) to deliver the program.
  • Flexible Approach to Training in Expanded Settings (FATES)

    The Flexible Approach to Training in Expanded Settings (FATES) program funds non-general practitioner specialist medical training approaches. It aims to broaden the skills of the specialist workforce, bring more specialists to regional areas, and ensure all Australians can access high-quality care.
  • Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP)

    A program that provides scholarships and bursaries to existing health professionals committed to rural service. It supports the cost of completing postgraduate and short courses, attending accredited industry conferences, or completing vocational education and training courses.
  • HELP for Rural Doctors and Nurse Practitioners

    This initiative reduces outstanding Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt for eligible doctors and nurse practitioners who live and work in rural, remote or very remote areas of Australia.
  • Home Care Workforce Support Program

    We are supporting the aged care sector to grow the home care workforce with targeted support for providers to recruit and retain home care workers.
  • John Flynn Prevocational Doctor Program 

    As part of the 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government announced the new John Flynn Prevocational Doctor Program. This program will better streamline and coordinate medical training in regions and fund new rural primary care rotations to boost training capacity for the next generation of doctors.