Department of Health loses ageing, picks up sport

The Department of Health and Ageing has been renamed the Department of Health (DoH), with the new government confirming that the aged care portfolio will move to the new Department of Social Services.

In its administrative arrangement order signed today by the Governor-General, the federal government announced that sports policies and programs will be managed by the Department of Health “to increase the focus on the importance of participation and exercise to improving health”.

The new Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, will also become responsible for the National Mental Health Commission with a view to allowing a greater engagement with the mental health policies and programs managed by that portfolio.

Mr Dutton will be known as the Minister for Health and the Minister for Sport, but the government has dropped the title of Minister for Mental Health instituted by the previous government. Mental health is now a part of the overall health portfolio, as is medical research.

There is also no dedicated Minister for Ageing, with responsibility for aged care falling to the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield.

The Department of Human Services, which handles the delivery of Medicare services, is part of the overall social services portfolio. The new minister is Marise Payne.

In addition to aged care, the Department of Social Services will also handle ageing research and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The long-serving secretary of the Department of Health, Jane Halton, remains in her position.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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