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Policies we work on

Our policies inform how we address long-standing and emerging health priorities including:

  • funding Australia’s health systems, such as Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • public health programs, such as cancer screening, immunisation, and preventing chronic disease
  • primary health care services
  • mental health services
  • funding Australia’s hospitals
  • shaping, distributing and managing our health and aged care workforce
  • providing health services for different groups of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • promoting best practice health care across a broad range of needs
  • ensuring therapeutic goods and medical devices are safe and effective
  • responding to health emergencies
  • funding health and medical research and other activities
  • working with stakeholders such as health professional and consumer groups to improve the health system
  • funding, regulating and overseeing ageing and aged care activities
  • supporting sport — both elite and community — and physical activity for everyday Australians, from infants to seniors.
Last updated: 
29 August 2018