Our work

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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  • Remote Area Aboriginal Health Services Program

    This program provides free Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines to patients of Aboriginal health services in remote areas. It operates under section 100 of the National Health Act 1953.
  • Remote Area Health Corps

    The Remote Area Health Corps funds health professionals to practise in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory for short-term paid placements of 3 to 12 weeks. This includes general practitioners, registered nurses, dentists, dental therapists, dental assistants and audiologists.
  • Remote Vocational Training Scheme

    The Remote Vocational Training Scheme delivers structured distance education and supervision to doctors while they provide general medical services in a remote or isolated community. The 4-year program meets the requirements for fellowship of both ACRRM and RACGP.
  • Research Data Infrastructure initiative

    The Research Data Infrastructure initiative will provide $100 million over 10 years from 2022–23. It will fund the creation or extension of national research data infrastructure with a focus on data registries, biobanks and data linkage platforms to support Australian medical research.
  • Residential aged care

    Residential aged care is for senior Australians who can no longer live independently at home. The Australian Government funds residential aged care to make it more affordable and accessible.
  • Review of support for the men’s shed movement

    In 2018, we commissioned a review to advise and recommend possible enhancements to guide the men’s shed movement in Australia, and Australian Government funding to the men’s shed movement.
  • Risk Based Targeting and Information Sharing (RBTIS)

    RBTIS is an integrated information sharing system used by both the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and the Department of Health and Aged Care. It helps us to identify providers at risk of failing to provide quality care to older Australians, before serious incidents occur.
  • Roadmap for Hearing Health initiatives

    We have implemented several initiatives based on recommendations from the Roadmap for Hearing Health. These were designed to raise awareness, build our evidence base, improve ear health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and improve hearing support among older Australians.
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service program

    We have funded the Royal Flying Doctor Service program since the 1930s. It provides emergency aeromedical evacuation services, medical consultations and supplies, and dental and mental health outreach services to rural and remote Australia. This program is part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy.
  • Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program

    The RHMT program offers health students the opportunity to train in rural and remote communities via a network of training facilities. It aims to improve the recruitment and retention of medical, nursing, dental and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia.
  • Rural Health Outreach Fund

    The Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF) supports outreach initiatives that improve access to medical specialists, general practitioners (GPs) and allied and other health providers in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.
  • Rural Health Workforce Support Activity

    The Rural Health Workforce Support Activity (RHWSA) program aims to meet current and future regional, rural and remote community health workforce needs through workforce planning.
  • Rural Locum Assistance Program (Rural LAP)

    Rural LAP provides locums so that rural health professionals can attend continuing professional development or take vacation leave. The program also funds GPs to do extra training so they can become rural locums.
  • Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP)

    The RPGP helps cover the cost of professional development for procedural general practitioners (GPs) who work in rural and remote areas. This ensures people who live in rural and remote areas have access to highly qualified health professionals.
  • Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA) Regulatory Scheme

    The deliberate release of harmful biological agents (viruses, bacteria, fungi and toxins) can cause significant damage to human health, the environment and the Australian economy. This scheme helps us manage the security of SSBAs and aims to limit the occurrence of acts of bioterrorism or biocrime.
  • Self-collection for the Cervical Screening Test

    All cervical screening participants now have the choice to self-collect their own Cervical Screening Test sample. A self-collected sample is taken from the vagina and is checked for human papillomavirus (HPV) – a common infection that causes almost all cervical cancers.
  • Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS)

    The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) is helping to reduce abuse and neglect of older people receiving aged care services. It expands the responsibilities of Commonwealth-subsidised aged care providers on preventing and managing serious incidents.
  • Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT)

    Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT) provide specialist clinical support and advice to organisations and aged care staff caring for people living with severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
  • Shaping the Future of Paediatric Palliative Care

    Shaping the future of paediatric palliative care aims to increase the skills of the workforce through training and the development of clinical guidelines to improve quality of care for infants, children and young people, and their families.
  • Shared Debt Recovery Scheme

    If we detect incorrect Medicare payments during a compliance audit, the Shared Debt Recovery Scheme allows us to split a debt between the practitioner and the person who manages their billing and claiming.
  • Shield yourself from shingles

    Yarn with your health professional about the shingles vaccine that’s free for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over.