The only national register for people to record their decision about becoming an organ and/or tissue donor for transplantation after death. Recording your decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register is voluntary and you have complete choice over which organs and/or tissue you wish to donate. You must be 16 years or older to register. The Donor Register lets authorised medical staff who have permission from the Australian Government, check your donation decision anywhere in Australia, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can then give that information to your family if you die. Family consent is always needed before donation can go ahead, so remember to discuss your decision with your family and those close to you.
Australia’s health system is world class, supporting universal and affordable access to high quality medical, pharmaceutical and hospital services, while helping people to stay healthy through health promotion and disease prevention activities. The Department of Health and Ageing has a diverse set of responsibilities, but throughout there is a common purpose, which is reflected in our Vision statement: Better health and active ageing for all Australians.
HealthInsite is a healthdirect Australia health information service. It aims to improve the health of Australians by providing easy access to quality information about human health. Using this Internet gateway, you can access a wide range of up-to-date and reliable information on health and wellbeing.
Medicare is Australia’s universal health care system introduced in 1984 to provide eligible Australian residents with affordable, accessible and high-quality health care. Medicare was established based on the understanding that all Australians should contribute to the cost of health care according to their ability to pay. It is financed through progressive income tax and an income-related Medicare levy.
Through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), the Australian Government makes a range of necessary prescription medicines available at affordable prices to all Australian residents and those overseas visitors eligible under Reciprocal Health Care Agreements.