Department of Health and Ageing

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Department of Health and Ageing
Department overview
Formed 26 November 2001[1]
Preceding Department Department of Health and Aged Care
Dissolved 18 September 2013
Superseding agency Department of Health (II)
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Phillip, Australian Capital Territory
Employees 5,251 (at April 2013)[2]
Annual budget Over $36 billion (in 2004-05)[3]
Department executive Jane Halton, Secretary (2002‑13)
Website health.gov.au

The Department of Health and Ageing was an Australian government department that existed between November 2001 and September 2013.

The Department was created after the 2001 federal election from the Department of Health and Aged Care.[4]

Scope[edit]

Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements, in the Department's annual reports and on the Department's website.

According to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) made on 26 November 2001, the Department dealt with:[5]

  • Services for the aged, including carers
  • Public health and medical research
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Primary health care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Pharmaceutical benefits
  • Health benefits schemes
  • Specific health services, including human quarantine
  • National drug abuse strategy
  • Regulation of quality of therapeutic goods
  • Notification and assessment of industrial chemicals
  • Gene technology regulation

Structure[edit]

The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister and assisting parliamentary secretary.[1]

The Secretary of the Department was Jane Halton, appointed in January 2002.[1][4][6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c CA 8867: Department of Health and Ageing, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 3 December 2013 
  2. ^ Australian Public Service Commission (2 December 2013), State of the Service Report: State of the Service Series 2012-13, Australian Public Service Commission, p. 253, archived from the original on 6 December 2013 
  3. ^ Department of Health and Ageing 2005, p. ii.
  4. ^ a b Department of Health, History of the Department, Department of Health, archived from the original on 9 November 2013 
  5. ^ Administrative Arrangements Order issued 26 November 2001, National Archives of Australia, 26 November 2001, archived from the original on 27 April 2013 
  6. ^ Howard, John (18 January 2002). "SENIOR APPOINTMENTS - DEPARTMENTAL SECRETARIES" (Press release). Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. 

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