Australia

Australia supported and participated in the first meeting of the Joint Network of Senior Budget and Health Officials on Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems for the Asia Region held in Tokyo, Japan in May 2017. The network intends to support policy dialogues among budget officials from the finance and health ministries to address issues and challenges in health system budgeting, and identify effective policies to ensure the financial sustainability of health systems in the context of changing demographic, epidemiologic and economic conditions in the Region. On the next steps, there was a general agreement to hold the next meeting as part of a larger Asia regional network event. Australia has shown interests in P4H country, regional and global network activities.

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Australia has committed for more investment to strengthen the health system

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Australia's health budget tops $132bn for 2022-23

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Australian Government now funds half the cost of rapid test for close contacts

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Australian Government health spending increased by 5.6 % in the first year of COVID-19

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COVID-19 vaccine is now mandatory for teachers in New South Wales, Australia  

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West Australian government spends $1.9 billion on health system in 2021-22 budget

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Australian Government COVID-19 disaster payments