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Make STI testing your Beforeplay – campaign launched today

We have launched a new sexually transmissible infection (STI) campaign. The national advertising campaign aims to increase awareness, testing and prevention of STIs that are on the rise in young people.

Measuring the wellbeing of First Nations youth

Australian youth are among the healthiest in the world, but First Nations youth continue to be left behind. To help close this gap, researchers are developing a wellbeing measure specifically for First Nations youth.

Future changes to the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS)

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS) helps entry-level First Nations health students complete their studies and join the health workforce.

Consultation on Australia's first National Health and Climate Strategy

We are seeking feedback on Australia's first National Health and Climate Strategy. Learn more about the strategy and how you can have your say.

ATAGI advice on the preferential use of bivalent COVID-19 vaccines for primary vaccination of people aged 12 years or older

ATAGI has made recommendations on the use of bivalent COVID-19 vaccines as a primary course.

Consider a career in mental health

The mental health field is growing rapidly, with many career paths and educational opportunities. Learn about how to get involved and become qualified to start, or diversify your career in mental health.

New campaign reminds parents and carers about the importance of timely childhood vaccination

The Australian Government has launched a new public awareness campaign.

Young Deadly Free – Safe sex and sexual health

Practising safe sex is everyone's responsibility. Reduce the risk of infection by using condoms and getting regular sexual health checks.

How to deal with loneliness and get support

Everyone feels down sometimes, but if it’s constant you may want support. Learn some ways to keep yourself strong and how to reach out for help.

Changes to HPV vaccine dose schedule for young Australians

From 6 February 2023 the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine schedule will become a single dose schedule. Catch-up under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) will also be extended to all Australians 25 years and under.


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Keep your spirit strong this holiday season

Most people look forward to the holiday season, but others may find it a challenging time for many different reasons. It is not uncommon for people to feel isolated, sad or anxious, so you’re not alone if you find yourself feeling down this Christmas.

Updated eligibility for COVID-19 oral treatment

Some people who are at higher risk of getting very ill from COVID-19 are eligible for the COVID-19 oral treatments.

Consultation on the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission

Consultation on the Roadmap and Implementation Plan for the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission is now open.

Report on the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission

Read about the review of the Medical Research Future Fund’s (MRFF) Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission.

Take a Step

Did you know that in Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 24 years and under are 3 times more likely than other young people to die by suicide?

Novavax vaccine for adolescents aged 12–17 years

Recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) on the use of the Novavax vaccine for adolescents aged 12-17 years.

Keep Your Spirit Strong

During COVID-19 many people face challenges that have impacted their mental health. The ‘Keep Your Spirit Strong’ project aims to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders take important steps to ensure they are prioritising their social and emotional wellbeing.

Have your say: Child Dental Benefits Schedule consultation

Submissions are now open to give feedback about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule to improve the service.

Suicide prevention for boys and men

Boys and men are 3 times as likely to die by suicide in Australia than girls and women. The Buoy Project is testing 7 different suicide prevention programs that target boys and men. The aim is to find out which programs might be most effective in reducing male suicide.

Top 3 questions – The National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing with Dr Ruth Vine

Recently the National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing was released. Hear from Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ruth Vine, on the newly released results, what these mean for Australians and what is being done to improve the mental health system.

Top 3 questions – Sleep and mental health with Doctor Ruth Vine

Hear from Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health, Dr Ruth Vine about what is considered normal sleep and things you can do to help improve your sleep and mental health.

Are you a young dad? Stay on track with this new resource

Stayin’ On Track is an online resource space offering mentorship and support for young Aboriginal dads to stay on track and be good dads.

World No Tobacco Day 2022 Tobacco – Threat to our environment

Protect the environment, World No Tobacco Day 2022 will give you one more reason to quit.

Our Journey Our Story

Aboriginal-led research is implementing and evaluating the Debakarn Koorliny Wangkiny (Steady Walking and Talking) co-design framework. The aim is to improve mental health services for Aboriginal young people.
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