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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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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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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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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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Immunisation | Australian Government Department of Health

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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Ear health | Australian Government Department of Health

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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Getting vaccinated | Australian Government Department of Health

Find out what to do when booking your appointment, and what to expect at your vaccination visit.

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How to quit smoking | Australian Government Department of Health

Your health will benefit as soon as you stop smoking so find out what steps to follow in order to quit. Learn about different quitting methods and how you may feel during the process. Find out about support that's available to help you, or a friend or family member, quit smoking.

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The Australian health system | Australian Government Department of Health

Australia’s health system is one of the best in the world, providing safe and affordable health care for all Australians. It is jointly run by all levels of Australian government – federal, state and territory, and local.

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Immunisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people | Australian Government Department of Health

Information on vaccines you need to keep you and your family safe from diseases.

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Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 | Australian Government Department of Health

There are important steps you should take to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and those who are most at risk.

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