Department of Health and Ageing (Australia)


Department of Health and Ageing (Australia)

The Department of Health and Ageing is an Australian Government department. Its role is to oversee the running of Australia 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.

Parliamentary Officeholders
*The current Minister for Health and Ageing is Nicola Roxon
*The current Minister for Ageing is Justine Elliot
*The current Minister for Sport is Kate Ellis
*The current Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing is Senator Jan McLucas

Background

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 it's 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.

Programs administered

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

ee also

*Minister for Health and Ageing
*Minister for Ageing
*List of Australian Commonwealth Government entities

External links

* [http://www.health.gov.au/ Department of Health and Ageing Website]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Department of Health and Ageing — Agency overview Formed 1921 Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia Headquarters Canberra Ministers responsible Nicola Roxon, Minister for Health and Ageing Warren Snowdon, Minister for Indigenous Health …   Wikipedia

  • Minister for Health and Ageing (Australia) — Minister for Health and Ageing Incumbent Nicola Roxon since 3 December 2007 …   Wikipedia

  • Minister for Mental Health and Ageing (Australia) — Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Incumbent Mark Butler since 14 September 2010 Style The Honourable …   Wikipedia

  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Australia) — Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) Agency overview Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia Employees 4200 Agency executives Conall O Connell, Secretary Dr Rhonda Dickson, Deputy Secretary Rona Mellor, Deputy Secretary Phillip …   Wikipedia

  • Health care in Australia — is provided by both private and government institutions. The Minister for Health and Ageing, currently the Hon. Nicola Roxon MP, administers national health policy. Primary health care remains the responsibility of the federal government.The… …   Wikipedia

  • Department of Immigration and Citizenship — Agency overview Formed 2007 Superseding agency Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia Employees 8,000[1] …   Wikipedia

  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia) — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Agency overview Formed 24 July 1987 Preceding agencies Department of Foreign Affairs Department of Trade Jurisdiction …   Wikipedia

  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia) — Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Agency overview Formed 1911 Jurisdiction …   Wikipedia

  • Department of Infrastructure and Transport — Agency overview Formed 2010 Preceding agencies Department of Transport and Regional Services Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Jurisdiction Commonwealth Government Employees 1,289 Annual budg …   Wikipedia

  • Department of Finance and Deregulation — The Department of Finance and Deregulation is an Australian Government department. Its role is to help the Australian Government achieve its policy objectives by contributing to four key outcomes: sustainable Government finances. more efficient… …   Wikipedia