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Department of Health and Aged Care

The vision of the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care 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 Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care 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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Last reviewed: July 2022

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Monkeypox (MPX) | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Monkeypox (MPX) is a disease caused by Monkeypox virus (MPXV), with symptoms similar to those seen previously with smallpox. It is spread through close contact with an infected person or animals, or with contaminated material. Find out more.

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About immunisation | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Immunisation protects you, your family and others in the community from serious diseases. Learn about the benefits of immunisation and how vaccines work.

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Pertussis (whooping cough) | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Find out how we define and monitor cases of whooping cough, how you can get vaccinated, and where you can learn more about this disease.

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Immunisation | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them. Immunisation not only protects individuals, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of preventable diseases.

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Reproductive health | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Good reproductive health supports individuals and couples to decide whether and when to have children. It can be affected by diseases, access to contraception and fertility issues. Find out what we’re doing to improve reproductive health in Australia.

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Japanese encephalitis | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Find out how we define and monitor cases of Japanese encephalitis, and where you can learn more about this disease.

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About passive smoking | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

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 and Aged Care

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

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Meningococcal disease – invasive | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Find out how we define and monitor cases of meningococcal disease, how you can get vaccinated, and where you can learn more about this disease.

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Ear health | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Ear and hearing health is important to health and wellbeing. Untreated hearing loss and ear disease can have a big impact on the lives of children and adults alike. Find out what we’re doing to raise awareness of ear health and help prevent hearing loss in Australia.

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