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Health

Health care in Australia is provided by both private and government organisations. The Australian Government looks after national health policy, with key elements (such as the operation of hospitals) operated by state governments. Medicare is the publicly funded health care system for everyone in Australia. It coexists with a private health system.

Health and wellbeing – states and territories

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States and territories have primary responsibility for public hospitals and community and public health, ambulance, public dental services and mental health programs. Provides links to state and territory health information.

State and territory health departments

Provides links to Australian state and territory health departments.

Department of Health

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Leads and coordinates national improvements in safety and quality in health care across Australia. Develops and supports national safety and clinical standards, formulates and implements national accreditation schemes, and develops national health-related data sets.

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's national agency for health and welfare statistics and information. Collects and reports information on a wide range of topics and issues, ranging from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury, and mental health, to ageing, homelessness, disability and child protection.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Department of Health

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Undertakes health policy research and coordination, and regulates of various aspects of the health system, including the safety and quality of pharmaceuticals and other therapeutic goods, and the private health insurance industry.

Department of Health

Department of Health consultation hub

Helps you find, share and participate in health consultations that interest you.

Department of Health

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

A bi-national Government agency that develops and administers the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, which lists requirements for foods.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Medicare

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Medicare, part of the Department of Human Services, provides all Australians with affordable, accessible and high quality health care.

Department of Human Services

My Health Record

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A secure online summary of your health information. You control what goes into it, and who can access it. You can choose to share your health information with your doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers.

Australian Digital Health Agency

MyHealthyCommunities

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An interactive site that lets you see how your local health area is performing and how it compares against other similar areas.

National Health Performance Authority

MyHospitals

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Search and compare performance information for more than 1,000 Australian public and private hospitals. You can view the performance against indicators such as waiting times in emergency departments or for some types of surgery, and other indicators.

National Health Performance Authority

National Health Performance Authority

Provides nationally consistent, locally relevant and comparable information about Australia’s health system to inform consumers, stimulate and inform improvements and increase transparency and accountability.

National Health Performance Authority

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Helps cover the cost of a wide range of prescription medicines.

Department of Human Services