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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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Last reviewed: October 2013

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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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Why get immunised? | Australian Government Department of Health

Immunisation is a safe and effective way to protect you and your children from harmful, contagious diseases. It also safeguards the health of other people, now and for future generations.

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Department of Health | Asbestos and your health

A guide for householders and the general public

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Vaccination and autism fact sheet | Australian Government Department of Health

This fact sheet explains how we know vaccination does not cause autism and where the misunderstanding came from.

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Are vaccines safe? | Australian Government Department of Health

On this page Vaccine testing Vaccine ingredients Vaccine side effects Vaccine safety monitoring Did you know? Further information Vaccine testing Research and testing is an essential part of developing safe and effective vaccines.

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Immunisation policy and governance | Australian Government Department of Health

Some key groups advise the Australian Government on immunisation policy and regulations.

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Influenza vaccination in pregnancy | Australian Government Department of Health

The influenza vaccine is provided at no cost for pregnant women through the National Immunisation Program. If you’re pregnant, speak to your doctor, nurse, or midwife today.

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Get the facts – Protect your mob motion graphic | Australian Government Department of Health

45 second animation explaining that getting your bub vaccinated is free and helps keep them, and everyone safe from diseases.

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Protect your child from disease | Australian Government Department of Health

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Travel health | Australian Government Department of Health

It’s important to protect your health when you’re travelling, especially outside of Australia. With good planning you can avoid diseases and other health conditions. Find out what we’re doing to help Australians stay healthy when they travel.

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