The 1996-97 Portfolio Budget Statements, informs Senators and Members of Parliament of the proposed allocation of resources to portfolios outcomes and their objectives and targets including the agencies within the Health and Family Services portfolio.
Dr Michael Wooldridge
Minister for Health and Family Services
As portfolio Minister, Dr Wooldridge takes an overview role for the whole portfolio, and is responsible specifically for:
- Medicare benefits, pharmaceutical benefits, hospitals, private health insurance and medical workforce issues;
- public health, including issues concerning AIDS and other communicable diseases, immunisation, specific women's and men's health issues, environmental health issues and drug abuse reduction;
- health research;
- Aboriginal health issues;
- Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reform process; and
- strategic policy analysis and evaluation, corporate leadership, and resource management services.
Mrs Judi Moylan
Minister for Family Services
Mrs Moylan is responsible specifically for:
- family and children's services, including child care, child protection, youth homelessness, emergency relief and the Supported Accommodation Assistance Programme;
- the Youth Suicide Initiative;
- coordinating Government policy on carers;
- aged and community care services, including financial support for nursing homes and hostels, the National Action Plan for Dementia and the Home and Community Care Programme; and
- disability programmes, including the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service.
Senator Bob Woods
Senator Woods is responsible specifically for:
- Portfolio legislation and legislation reform on behalf of the Ministers; and
- on behalf of Dr Wooldridge, matters relating to the Australian Government Health Service, Australian Hearing Services, the Australia New Zealand Food Authority and the Therapeutic Goods Administration.