Social media

How the Department is using social media channels.

Page last updated: 12 February 2014

The department uses social media to share links and information about health policies and programs. Information about the department's guidelines and moderation of social media accounts can be found on our community guidelines page. Visit the Contact us page for more information about contacting the department through our Twitter account.

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The Department is using blogs, where appropriate, to engage audiences across specific programs and campaigns, for consultation purposes to support operational activities.
Rural Champions First-hand accounts from doctors and health students about their life and experiences in rural and regional Australia.
DoSomethingReal Celebrating the real stories of real people who are working to deliver better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Humanbiosecurity New legislation to manage the risk of serious communicable diseases entering or spreading in Australia.
Tackling Smoking Provides information and resources to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to reduce smoking and improve nutrition and physical activity levels.
Livelonger Home to Local Community Campaigns to Promote Better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Local Community Campaigns).


The Department monitors its Wikipedia entry, and some other entries in similar socially aggregated information sites to ensure they accurately and objectively represent the current status of the organisation.

Badges and widgets

The Department provides material that can be embedded in other websites to provide information and news related to specific health and ageing matters.

This material is developed in the form of badges-embeddable images and widgets-embeddable tools which provide updatable information and functionality.

Consultation tools

The yourHealth website, originally developed to support the National Health Reform Consultation in 2009-10, contained a number of custom developed Web 2.0 consultation tools.

For example:

Open data

The Department has selectively released data for reuse.

The Pharmaceuticals Benefit Scheme (PBS) releases pharmaceuticals schedule data in a machine-readable format available for reuse.

Use of social media by employees of the public service

Use of social media by public servants is governed by the APS Values and Code of Conduct and the Circular 2012/1: Revisions to the Commission's guidance on making public comment and participating online. Public servants are expected to maintain the same high standards of conduct and behaviour online as would be expected through other channels. Specific departmental policy and guidelines have been developed for staff.

The department does not endorse, and is not accountable for, any views expressed by third parties using social media sites. The views expressed by individual officers, employees, or agents of the department and its outsourced services, and by any contributors to its social media pages are those of the individual sender.

The department disclaims all liability from those views and recommends users seek appropriate independent professional advice prior to relying on, or entering into any commitment based on these views. Unless acknowledged as being endorsed by the department, views expressed are not those of the department.