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Australian Government Department of Health



The Australian Government Department of Health (formerly known as the Department of Health and Ageing) was established in 1921 and has since undergone a number of changes in its name, function and structure. Following the November 2001 election, Department of Health and Aged Care changed its name to the Department of Health and Ageing. In September 2013 following the federal election the Department of Health and Ageing became the Department of Health. In addition, responsibility for Sport was moved to the Department of Health from the former Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport. Responsibility for Ageing was moved to the new Department of Social Services.

Until the transition arrangements are complete Ageing content will continue to be available on The Department of Health website.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Department of Health


Australian Department of Health
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6289 1555 (Switchboard)
Freecall: 1800 020 103

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Last updated: 26 August 2016
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