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Our functions

Our functions are set out in section 5 of the AIHW Act. The role of the AIHW is to:

  • collect and produce, and coordinate and assist the collection and production of, health- and welfare-related information and statistics
  • conduct and promote research into Australians’ health and their health services
  • develop specialised standards and classifications for health, health services and welfare services
  • publish reports on its work
  • make recommendations to the Minister on prevention and treatment of diseases and improvement and promotion of the health awareness of Australians
  • provide researchers with access to health- and welfare-related information and statistics, subject to confidentiality provisions.