|Department of Health and Ageing|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Ministers responsible||Tanya Plibersek, Minister for Health
Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing
Warren Snowdon, Minister for Indigenous Health
Catherine King, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing
|Agency executive||Jane Halton, Secretary of the Department|
|Parent Agency||Australian Government|
|Department of Health and Ageing Website|
The Department of Health and Ageing is an Australian Government department. Its role is to oversee the running of Australia's health system, including supporting universal and affordable access to medical, pharmaceutical and hospital services, while helping people to stay healthy through health promotion and disease prevention activities. The department's plan for the future include:
- Developing a coherent national Health and Ageing system.
- Using knowledge and information to deliver better services.
- Using integrated funding to deliver more effective services.
- Driving the system with the experience of the customer.
- The current Minister for Health is Tanya Plibersek
- The current Minister for Mental Health and Ageing is Mark Butler
- The current Minister for Indigenous Health is Warren Snowdon
- The current Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing is Catherine King
The Department of Health was established in 1921 and has since undergone numerous changes to its name, structure and function.
The first change happened in 1987 when the Department of Health was merged with the Department of Community Services in order to form the Department of Community Services and Health.
In June 1991, The Department of Health, Housing and Community Services was formed. This reflected the transfer of housing industry programs from the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce to the Department of Community Services and Health.
In March 1993 the Department of Local Government joined with the Department of Health, Housing and Community Services to form the Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services. Subsequently in 1994 the Department changed its name to the Department of Human Services and Health. Also in 1994, the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health was established.
When a new government was elected in March 1996, the Department's name changed to the Department of Health and Family Services. The department gained responsibility for the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program from the former Department of Housing and Regional Development.
Later the department assumed responsibility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health matters from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.
After the October 1998 election, the Department's name changed to the Department of Health and Aged Care to reflect its new responsibilities and functions. Responsibility for Family and Children's Services, Disability Programs and the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service were transferred to the Department of Family and Community Services on 22 October 1998.
Following the November 2001 election, the Department of Health and Aged Care changed its name to the Department of Health and Ageing.
Department of Health and Ageing administers various health-related programs in partnership with Medicare Australia. As of 2005, these programs included:
- Medical Rural Bonded Scheme
- Office of Chemical Safety
- National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee
- Acute Care Division (ACD)
- Ageing and Aged Care Division (AACD)
- Audit and Fraud Control
- Business Group
- Health Workforce Division
- Medical Benefits Division (MBD)
- Mental Health and Chronic Disease Division
- Pharmaceutical Benefits Division (PBD)
- Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
- Office of Health Protection (OHP)
- Primary and Ambulatory Care Division (PACD)
- Population Health Division (PHD)
- Portfolio Strategies Division (PSD)
- Regulatory Policy & Governance Division (RPGD)
- State and Territory Offices
- Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
- Minister for Health and Ageing
- Minister for Ageing
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