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Department of Health

The vision of the Department of Health is better health and wellbeing for all Australians. The department is responsible for achieving the Government’s priorities for population health, primary health care, mental health, Indigenous health and community participation in sport and recreation.

The Department of Health is responsible for achieving the Government’s priorities for population health, primary health care, mental health, Indigenous health and community participation in sport and recreation.

The department administers programs to meet the Government’s objectives in health infrastructure, regulation, safety and quality, health workforce, acute care, dental care, biosecurity and emergency response.

The department supports the Australian community's access to affordable private health services and is responsible for policy on Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - Department of Health.

Last reviewed: October 2013

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Immunise Australia Program

The Immunise Australia Program aims to increase national immunisation rates by funding free vaccination programs, administering the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register and communicating information about immunisation to the general public and health professionals.

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Whooping cough (pertussis) | Australian Government Department of Health

Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease. Symptoms that include fever and long periods of coughing that sound like a ‘whoop’. Whooping cough can affect people of all ages but it is more serious for babies. Whooping cough can be prevented by immunisation. Treatment includes antibiotics.

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Ear health | Australian Government Department of Health

If left untreated, hearing loss and ear disease can affect a child's learning and development. Adults with with untreated hearing loss may also be at risk of developing other health problems. Find out what we’re doing to raise awareness of ear health and help prevent hearing loss in Australia.

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About passive smoking | Australian Government Department of Health

Passive smoking is when you breathe in the smoke from other people’s cigarettes, cigars or pipes. It is a serious health threat — being exposed to tobacco smoke for just a moment can cause harm. Unborn babies, children and people with breathing problems are most at risk.

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When do I get immunised? | Australian Government Department of Health

Your health, age, lifestyle and job will determine the vaccines you need and when to get them.

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Polio (poliomyelitis) | Australian Government Department of Health

Polio is a contagious disease, spread by close contact with an infected person. Symptoms include fever and headaches. Polio can affect people of all ages but can be prevented with vaccination. Due to immunisation, polio is very rare in Australia.

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Rotavirus | Australian Government Department of Health

Rotavirus is a highly contagious disease, spread by close contact with an infected person. Symptoms include severe diarrhoea and vomiting. Rotavirus can be prevented with immunisation and attention to hand washing. There is no treatment for rotavirus except for rest and drinking plenty of fluids.

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Food and nutrition | Australian Government Department of Health

Good food and nutrition can help you stay healthy and reduce your risk of diet related chronic disease. Healthy eating means choosing the right foods and knowing how much to have. Find out what we’re doing to help Australians make healthier food choices.

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Reproductive health | Australian Government Department of Health

Good reproductive health allows women and men to decide if and when to have children. It can be affected by some diseases, access to contraceptives and fertility issues. Find out what we’re doing to improve reproductive health services in Australia.

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Flu (influenza) | Australian Government Department of Health

Influenza (the flu) is a highly contagious disease, usually prevented by vaccination and treated by managing symptoms. Spread by body fluids from infected people, symptoms include a runny nose and sore throat. Flu can affect anyone but is especially serious for babies and older people.

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