Health 2019-20 Budget at a Glance – Key Initiatives

This section of the website gives access to the Budget at a Glance information for the Department of Health for the financial year 2019-2020

Page last updated: 02 April 2019

Health 2019-20 Budget at a Glance – Key Initiatives (PDF 444 KB)

2019–20 Budget

Long Term National Health Plan
$104b in 2019 –20 for health, aged care and sport

Investment in this Budget:
  • $20b additional for health, aged care and sport
  • $6b additional for Medicare
  • $40b for life-saving and life-changing medicines
  • $5b additional for hospitals
  • $7b additional for aged care
  • $5b for 10-year MRFF investment plan
  • $736.6m additional for mental health
  • $1.4b additional for preventive health
  • $236m additional for sport and physical activity

Guaranteeing Medicare and Access to Medicines

Guaranteeing Medicare – $6b additional investment

  • Improved patient access to diagnostic imaging – investment of $151.9m to bring total new MRI bulk billing licences to over 50; new MBS services for breast MRI ($32.6m); increased Medicare rebate for diagnostic radiology and ultrasounds ($198.6m); Fluorodeoxglucose PET for evaluation of breast cancer; and MBS Review update to diagnostic imaging
  • Heart health checks
  • MBS Review – intensive care and emergency medicine ($14.5m) neurosurgery and neurology ($1.6m); and urology ($1.3m)
  • Improving transparency of out of pocket costs ($7.2m)
  • Heart of Australia – three year partnership ($12m)
  • Cardiac, breast, hip fracture, trauma registries ($2.8m)
  • My Health Record ($200m)

Strengthening primary care – $1.1b additional investment

  • Primary care/chronic care funding model ($448.5m)
  • Increasing Practice Incentives Program Quality Improvement Incentive ($201.5m)
  • Increased rebates for 176 GP services ($187.2m)
  • National Rural Generalist Pathway ($62.2m)
  • A Stronger Rural Workforce ($26.6m)
  • Public Health and Chronic Disease Grant Program ($17.2m)
  • Enhanced Childhood Immunisation Education Campaign ($12m)

Improving access to medicines – $40b over four years

  • $40b provisioned over the forward estimates for over 5,000 life-saving and life-changing medicines products
  • PBS new and amended listings ($331m) (incl. IbranceŽ for inoperable or metastatic breast cancer and BesponsaŽ for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia)
  • Life Saving Drugs Program (incl BrineuraŽ for Batten disease)
  • Supporting pharmacies and consumer access – AHI fee ($230m); medication management programs ($15m); and faster payments for community pharmacies ($213m in 2018–19)
  • Stoma Appliance Scheme new listings
  • Expansion of the Continuous Glucose Monitoring Program ($0.2m)

Supporting our Hospitals

Public hospitals – $5b additional investment

  • Up from $13.3b in 2012–13, to $21.7b in 2018–19, to $26.2b in 2022–23
  • More than $30b additional through the National Health Agreement to 2024–25

Community Health and Hospitals Program (CHHP) – $1.25b

  • Comprehensive Children’s Cancer Centre (NSW); Peter MacCallum Centre of Excellence in Cellular Immunotherapy (Vic); improved health outcomes for individuals living with brain and spinal cord injuries (Qld); James Cook University – Cairns Tropical Enterprise Centre (Qld); Repatriation Hospital Hampstead Campus – Brain and Spinal Centre (SA); Peel Health Campus (WA); North West Cancer Centre linear accelerator (Tas); Ambulatory Care Centre, Alice Springs (NT) and intensive care unit at Canberra Hospital (ACT)

Additional infrastructure and services – $107.8m

  • CT scanner for Bowen Hospital (Qld); enhanced services for Bass Coast Health (Vic); redevelopment of patient facilities for Redland Hospital (Qld); expanded specialist care services for Wodonga Hospital (Vic); and additional services for Ronald McDonald House (Qld)

Prioritising Mental Health, Preventive Health and Sport

Prioritising mental health – $736.6m additional investment incl. $461.1m for youth mental health and suicide prevention

  • Indigenous Suicide Prevention ($15m)
  • National headspace network ($263m)
  • Early Psychosis Youth Services ($110m)
  • National Suicide Information Initiative ($15m)
  • Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program ($43.9m)
  • Adult mental health centres ($114.5m)
  • National Mental Health Workplace Initiative ($11.5m)
  • Natural disaster support ($5.5m)
  • Six eating disorder residential facilities ($63m)

Preventive health – $1.4b additional investment

  • Extension of the Child Dental Benefits Scheme ($1b)
  • Implementation of the national strategies for blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections ($45.4m)
  • Additional cancer infrastructure and services ($70.8m)
  • Prostate Cancer Nurses Program – extension and expansion ($17.4m)
  • McGrath Foundation breast cancer nurses ($27.7m)
  • Implementation of recommendations of the Third Review of the National Gene Technology Scheme ($4.4m)
  • Funding for the Health Star Rating system ($1.1m)
  • Whole-of-Government Drug Strategy – rehabilitation services ($10.5m); increasing access to services in regional, rural and remote areas ($9.6m); providing local family drug support ($4.3m); reducing prescription opioid use through better access to pain management services ($4.3m); PBS subsidised take home Naloxone ($7.2m); and National Ice Action Strategy ($153.3m)
  • Anti-smoking campaign ($20m)
  • Fourth Action Plan (2019–22) to prevent violence against women and their children – ‘Recognise, Respond, Refer’ pilot ($7.5m); and national training for primary care workforce ($2.1m)
  • Establishment of centralised Donor Human Milk Service ($2m)
  • Supporting Australians living with epilepsy ($20m)

Indigenous health

  • $4.1b funding boost from 2019–20 to 2022–23
  • More than $10b over a decade

Sport and physical activity – $236m additional investment

  • Safeguarding the integrity of Australian sport ($33m)
  • Sports Industry Growth Plan ($0.5m)
  • Extension of the Community Sport Infrastructure Grants Program ($42.5m)
  • Continuing Sporting Schools ($41m)
  • Athlete wellbeing and pathways ($54.1m)
  • Driving social inclusion through sport and physical activity ($23.6m)
  • Australian Sports Foundation capital funding ($1.5m)
  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame ($2.5m)
  • Boosting grassroots participation in sport – tennis and netball ($12m)
  • Support for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 ($7.7m)
  • Support for Paralympics sports ($12m)

Life Saving and Job Creating Medical Research

Medical Research Future Fund 10-year investment plan – $5b

  • Patients ($1.3b) – Clinical Trials for Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Needs ($614m)
  • Researchers ($0.8b) – Frontier Health and Medical Research ($570m)
  • Missions ($1.4b) – Genomics Health Futures Mission ($500m); Stem Cell Mission ($150m); Cardiovascular Mission ($220m); and Traumatic Brain Injury ($50m)
  • Translations ($1.5b) – Rapid Applied Research Translation Centres ($218m); National Critical Infrastructure ($605m); and Data Infrastructure ($80m)

Indigenous health and medical research

  • Indigenous Health Research Fund ($160m)
    • ending rheumatic heart disease ($35m)
    • ending avoidable blindness
    • ending avoidable deafness
  • Lowitja Institute ($10m)

Ageing and Aged Care

More Choices for a Longer Life – $7b additional investment

  • $320m increase to general subsidy for residential care
  • More home care packages ($282.4m) – up from 60,308 in 2012–13, 124,032 in 2018–19, to 157,154 in 2022–23
  • Extending the Commonwealth Home Support Programme ($5.9b)
  • Serious Incident Response Scheme ($1.5m)
  • Home care compliance – risk based monitoring and assessment ($5.6m)
  • Reducing the misuse of medicines in residential aged care facilities ($7.7m)
  • Supporting implementation of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy ($2.6m)
  • Strengthened regulation through risk based targeting and information sharing ($38.4m)