In 2011, the Government established new organisations, Medicare Locals, to plan and fund extra health services in communities across Australia.
To ensure decisions about health services could be made by local communities in line with local needs, Medicare Locals were created as local organisations - 61 of them Australia-wide.
Medicare Locals are working with GPs and other primary health care providers to ensure all Australians, regardless of where they live, can access effective primary health care services.
For more information on Medicare Locals, visit the new website at www.medicarelocals.gov.au
The Tobacco Plain Packaging Information Kit provides practical information on the responsibilities and obligations of retailers and other suppliers of tobacco products under the new Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011.
eHealth.gov.au is your gateway to Australia's personally controlled electronic health record system, linking you to information about eHealth records and the system itself. Visit www.ehealth.gov.au
On 20 April 2012, the Prime Minister and Minister Butler unveiled a comprehensive package of reforms to build a better, fairer, more sustainable and more nationally consistent aged care system.