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Health and safety

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

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 Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's national agency for health and welfare statistics and information.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Department of Health

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.
More: For consumers | For health professionals

Department of Health


Registering for an eHealth record will help you take control of your health and healthcare information. Over time, it will also give your healthcare professionals the information they need to provide you with the best possible care.

Department of Health

eHealth - general information

Provides information on e-Health. Australians will be able to check their medical history online through the introduction of personally controlled electronic health records, which will boost patient safety, improve health care delivery, and cut waste and duplication.

National E-Health Transition Authority

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.
More: Consumers |Industry

Food Standards Australia New Zealand


Medicare, part of the Department of Human Services, provides all Australians with affordable, accessible and high quality health care.
More: Medicare card | Medicare safety net

Department of Human Services

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