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2017 VHA UK study tour

The VHA is set to host a study tour of the UK in July 2017. The UK public health system shares similarities to Victoria's system under going reform, consequently, it is an ideal destination. It's … Read more

Celebrating International Women's Day

VHA Director of Membership and Events Kerri Langes and Director of Policy Katie Phillis along with VHA partner First State Super, hosted some of the women of Victoria's health sector on Wednesday … Read more

VHA launches plan to support “lifeblood”

The Victorian Healthcare Association today called on the Andrews Government to invest in health workers and significantly improve services in Melbourne’s growth areas. Our doctors, nurses and … Read more

2017-18 Budget Submission Launch: Health counts

The VHA hosted a successful budget submission launch at Parliament House on Tuesday afternoon. VHA CEO Tom Symondson welcomed VHA members, Members of Parliament, partners and supporters, giving a … Read more

Workplaces key to family violence solution: VHA event

Workplaces have an increasingly-important role to play in the solution to family violence. Leading the charge has been the Surf Coast Shire Council – one of the first Victorian workplaces to … Read more

Protect rural health services: VHA

The VHA today called on the Federal Government to ensure regional and rural communities in Victoria continue to have access to quality care.  Mr Tom Symondson, CEO of the Victorian Healthcare … Read more

Jimmy Bartel to speak at VHA event

Triple-premiership Cats star and family violence survivor Jimmy Bartel will be special guest at the VHA’s Family Violence forum, the CEO of the VHA Tom Symondson announced today. The Brownlow … Read more

VHA, CEOs & Minister get together

The Health Minister Jill Hennessy met with the CEOs from some of Victoria's largest health services this week – assuring them of her commitment to quality, safety and other issues. The VHA CEO … Read more

Price hike blame not ours: CEO

Don’t blame public hospitals for the price hike in private health insurance, said the CEO of the Victorian Healthcare Association, Tom Symondson, today. The federal government has announced … Read more

Child dental benefit cap welcomed

The VHA applauds this week’s decision by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to restore the $1,000 dental funding cap for Australian children, CEO Tom Symondson said today. Late last year the VHA … Read more

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Get on board: apply now

Victorians who have diverse skills and are passionate about health and the community should consider applying for a health services board position, the CEO of the Victorian Healthcare Association Mr … Read more

Bourke St: Caring for our own

The Bourke St rampage in which five people were killed and more than 35 injured is a tragedy. It is also a reminder to all Victorian health workers of the importance of self care, VHA CEO Tom … Read more

VHA & Sage Software to partner

The Victorian Healthcare Association is set to partner with market leader in cloud-enabled business software Sage. VHA CEO Tom Symondson announced today that Victoria’s peak body for public … Read more


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Congrats to winning VHA members

The VHA congratulates its members for scooping the pool at last night’s 2016 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards for excellence and innovation. VHA CEO Tom Symondson, who attended the … Read more

Dental pain for 60,000 Vics if funds cut: CEO

More than 60,000 Victorians will miss out on all-important dental care if its federal funding is not guaranteed, the CEO of the Victorian Healthcare Association Tom Symondson said today. “The … Read more

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Public health services key to family violence response

VHA CEO Tom Symondson said Victoria’s health services are keen to support the Ending Family Violence plan, launched this morning by the Premier Daniel Andrews. “Our public health services … Read more

VHA launches video

If a picture’s worth a thousand words – a video paints a squillion pictures! While not exactly new technology, video is sweeping the communications landscape as currently the most … Read more

NDIS workshops in Ballarat & Echuca

The VHA have facilitated strategy and finance workshops for Ballarat and Echuca service providers, in preparation for the NDIS. The workshops, part of the VHA’s NDIS Transition Support … Read more

Mums & bubs shine for VHA shoot

Thanks to the Royal Women’s Hospital for welcoming the VHA for a photo and video shoot which showcased the hospital’s excellent work. The VHA met some brand new mums and bubs, … Read more

Dining - aged care experience, not experiment

Let's start talking about the dining experience in the same way we discuss the patient experience - that was the sentiment from a Celebrating Aged Care Week forum at the MCG. The … Read more

Celebrating aged care workers

The wonderful contribution of Victoria’s public sector aged care workers is being acknowledged with a range of events across the state, as part of Celebrating Aged Care Week. “Margaret&… Read more

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Duckett review: More paperwork doesn't equal safer care

While the recommendations of the Duckett Review into Safety and Quality have the potential to save lives, the government must guard against burdening public health services with unnecessary … Read more

Unacceptable health service strain: Govt

The VHA’s work has never been as important as it is today, said the Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mary-Anne Thomas at the VHA’s Annual Conference Inspiring Health Leadership today. &… Read more

It's 'family terrorism': Batty tells VHA event

If we started to call violence against women and children 'family terrorism' more people might take notice, former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty told the VHA Annual Conference Inspiring Health … Read more

2016 Annual Award winners

The 2016 VHA Annual Awards were announced at the Annual Conference cocktail party. The VHA congratulates all entrants, finalists and winners. Workforce Innovation Award – sponsored … Read more

Public aged care commitment required: VHA

Infrastructure Victoria is to be applauded for its draft 30-year strategy which recommends the State Government’s health infrastructure investment priorities. However, it must address public … Read more

VHA NDIS strategy and finance workshops

The VHA is facilitating single day strategy and finance workshops across Victoria for service providers in preparation for the NDIS. The workshop is a day to discuss strategic decision making … Read more

Duckett review imminent

The much-awaited Duckett Review into Victoria's public health safety - on the back of the Bacchus Marsh baby death tragedies - will be made public in the next eight weeks, the Minister for Health … Read more

VHA budget breakfast forum

The VHA hosted a successful budget breakfast forum exclusively for members this morning. VHA CEO Tom Symondson provided a summary of key health highlights and impacts of the 2016-17 State and … Read more

Vic hospitals leading health pack: report

Victorian hospitals continue to punch above their weight in efficiency, the CEO of the Victorian Healthcare Association Tom Symondson said today. A new National Health Performance Authority report:… Read more

VHA applauds health windfall: Andrews Budget

The Victorian Healthcare Association has welcomed the record 8.3 per cent increase in acute health funding in today’s Victorian Budget. The VHA - the peak body for Victoria’s public … Read more

Act now - it's flu season!

Get your flu vax. That's the message from VHA CEO Tom Symondson, who took the chance to "vax up" while meeting with the Royal Women's Hospital this week. Read more

New Clinical Services Plan for Bass Coast Health

Bass Coast Health - the area's major public healthcare provider offering a broad range of specialist medical, surgical, obstetric and aged care services -  has received the good news it has … Read more

Eye and Ear on the move

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital is in the midst of an exciting redevelopment. VHA CEO Tom Symondson, centre;  Jenni Bliss, Eye and Ear COO, left, and CEO Mark Petty, right, caught up … Read more

Global leader VHA guest in Melbourne today

The wellbeing of clinicians was the missing ingredient in improving the patient experience, global health expert Professor David Sobel said in Melbourne today. “If we want to serve patients, we … Read more

VHA launches blueprint to futureproof health

The Victorian Healthcare Association today called on the Andrews Government to consider innovative initiatives to improve clinical safety and quality, stamp out family violence, assist people exiting … Read more

Private health insurers accused of misleading consumers about public hospitals

The VHA is outraged that, at a time when private health insurers are raising premiums, they seek to reduce benefit payments for their members, shift the cost of healthcare delivery to taxpayers and … Read more

CEO Member visits

Ensuring it is a vital part of the community has been central to the success of Kooweerup Regional Health Service, said VHA Chief Executive Tom Symondson. “Ï am not only impressed by the … Read more

VAGO report - Hospital Performance: Length of Stay

Today the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) released its report on hospital performance: length of stay. Below is an analysis and summary of the report for VHA members. The full report … Read more

VHA Financial Modelling Tool

The VHA is delivering a financial modelling tool and workshop package to assist member providers in their transition to an increasingly competitive, market-driven aged and disability service … Read more

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VHA calls for community members to get onboard

The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) has encouraged Victorians to consider applying to serve on their local hospital board as applications for the role open across the state this Saturday. VHA … Read more

Coping with extreme heat

Extreme heat and heatwaves kill more people than any natural disasters in Australia. The Department of Health and Human Services has developed the 'Survive the heat' campaign to raise … Read more

Balancing the Accounts

MYEFO misses mark on health

Tuesday 15 December 2015 The mid-year economic fiscal outlook figures released today have seen health draw the short straw and more than $1.8 billion over four years of crucial funding in the health … Read more

Mental Health Help for Wye River Community

It is vital the Wye River community is supported after the Christmas Day bushfires and that there is capacity in the health system to assist those needing care, said the CEO of Lorne Community … Read more

Report confirms too many seeking help are falling through cracks

Friday 20 November 2015 With the independent review into Victoria’s alcohol and other drug (AOD) and mental health community support services today revealing a 21 per cent drop in drug … Read more

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VHA statement on hospital car parking challenge

Thursday 19 November 2015 The below can be attributed to Tom Symondson, CEO Victorian Healthcare Association Hospitals want to ensure access to their services for the many patients who need to travel … Read more

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VHA statement on VAGO report: Public Hospitals 2014–15 Audit Snapshot

Thursday 12 November 2015 The below can be attributed to Tom Symondson, CEO Victorian Healthcare Association Victorian hospitals run very efficiently while meeting the health needs of Victorians. In … Read more

Aged care review chance to fix funding disparity in rural Victoria

Wednesday 11 November 2015 New modelling commissioned by the Victorian Healthcare Association shows the disadvantage experienced by aged care providers with less than 50 beds, most of which are … Read more

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Priority groups must be protected under new home care system

The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) has today emphasised the need to ensure priority groups with specific care needs don’t fall through the cracks following the introduction of the new … Read more

VHA hopeful of bright future under Health 2040

A health system that focuses on prevention rather than disease, is measured on outcomes instead of outputs, delivers wraparound care, incentivises innovation and is truly integrated both within … Read more

Congratulations to the VHA Award winners!

A big congratulations to Manningham Community Health Services and Wimmera Health Care Group for taking home the 2015 VHA Awards for their innovative approaches to care. The VHA awards, sponsored … Read more

Nursing workforce must keep pace with need under new nurse to patient ratio legislation

Monday 5 October 2015 With the nurse to patient ratio Bill before Parliament’s Upper House for debate tomorrow, the Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) has urged the Government to invest in … Read more

Milestone for future of home care provides 3-year certainty

Thursday 17 September 2015 Victorian consumers and health service providers finally have some certainty as a major milestone was reached for the Victorian introduction of the National Disability … Read more

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VHA will closely monitor progress of nursing ratios Bill

Sunday 30 August 2015 Following today's announcement that the Bill to legislate nursing ratios will be introduced to Parliament this week, the Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) has said it will … Read more

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Innovation is key to hospital capacity and performance

Monday 18 August 2015 The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) welcomes the long-awaited big picture outlook on Victoria’s health system as outlined in the recommendations of the Travis … Read more

MBS reforms needed for effective care of chronic disease patients

Friday 14 August 2015 Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing research released this week reveals half of all Australians have a chronic disease. It emphasises the need for changes to the … Read more

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Cuts to health NPAs undermine progress

Thursday 30 July 2015 The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) has today vented its frustration on the unreliable nature of national partnership agreements (NPAs) due to successive federal … Read more

VHA hosted global healthcare expert

Dr Helen Bevan is acknowledged globally for her expertise in large-scale change and how to translate it into practical actions and outcomes. She has led initiatives that have created improvements for … Read more

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Review of Victoria's health complaints legislation

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has released a consultation paper on Modernising Victoria’s Health Complaints Legislation as part of a review that will include changes to the Office of the … Read more

VHA hopes review will address AOD/community mental health service gaps

Tuesday 21 July 2015 The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) has welcomed the Victorian Government’s recent decision to review the way alcohol and other drug (AOD) and mental health … Read more

ACSQHC standards for community health services

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)is seeking feedback on its draft Standards Guide for Community Health Services by Friday 24 July. The draft guide discusses … Read more

In our latest edition of Health Matters ...

Our latest issue of Health Matters is available online now! Featured articles include: PHNs are a new opportunity to build on the good work of the past and should be seen as core components of our … Read more

VHA calls for genuine debate on health future following White Paper leak

Tuesday 23 June 2015 Today’s leaked White Paper proposal on the future of hospital funding raises some important questions regarding the future of the health sector that will hopefully spark a … Read more

VHA advocates for fairer aged care MPS funding

The VHA has been working with Victoria’s multi-purpose services (MPSs) to highlight issues regarding a funding shortfall for their aged care services arising from their unique funding … Read more

Enquiry into end-of-life-care

The VHA is seeking member feedback to prepare a submission to the Victorian Legal and Social Issues Legislation Committee inquiry into end-of-life-choices. The inquiry will focus on the overarching … Read more

Aged care places at risk in areas with greatest need

Wednesday 17 June 2015 Aged care service providers in some of Victoria’s smallest and most isolated communities may be forced to limit aged care places without changes to an outdated funding … Read more

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VHA submission on fringe benefits tax re-think

The VHA's submission to the Commonwealth Government’s Re:think tax reform discussion paper focuses on meals, entertainment and entertainment facility leasing exemptions to the fringe benefits … Read more

VHA CEO appointment confirmed

Tuesday 9 June 2015 The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer Tom Symondson (pictured left). Chair of the VHA Board Gary … Read more

Commonwealth Budget a mixed bag for Victoria's health system

The Commonwealth Budget handed down tonight includes some positive announcements but overall has missed the mark in ensuring a fair, effective and sustainable future for Victoria’s public … Read more

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VHA welcomes first Andrews Government Budget

The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) has welcomed the first Andrews State Budget which has delivered a 6 per cent increase in overall funding for health. VHA Acting CEO Tom Symondson said it is … Read more

Funding for programs targeting social inequity

VicHealth's Social Innovation for Health Equity project is offering seed funding of up to $135,000 for programs that target the common drivers of health inequitiy. According to VidHealth: "Some of … Read more

National report on mental health services

Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley has released the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) report on the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services. The review’s 25 … Read more

VHA hopeful Federal Government will see sense to restore funding

The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) puts its full support behind Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jill Hennessy as they make the case for restoring the $13 billion wiped … Read more

New PHNs need bilateral support

The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) has welcomed the Commonwealth's announcement of Victoria's six Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and has called for both the Commonwealth and Victorian … Read more

Still no certainty for hospitals on public holiday cost burden

Friday 3 April 2015 Still no certainty for hospitals on public holiday cost burden With just two days to go until Easter Sunday health services in country Victoria are still at risk over the Easter … Read more

Travis report reinforces VHA call for capital plan

The VHA today welcomes the Interim Report into Dr Doug Travis’ review of Victoria’s public hospitals which identifies the mismatch between demand and the support Victoria’s health … Read more

Telstra Health calls for central coordination of ICT

Telstra Health's Chief Information Officer, Dr David Doolan, has called for the central coordination of health technology and for healthcare providers to invest further in ICT. Speaking at the … Read more

Smoking ban at health services brought forward

Smoking within four metres of government institutions, including public health services, will be banned from 13 April. The ban was to be introduced on 30 June, but has been brought forward to the … Read more

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VAGO and VHA discuss hospital performance

Representatives of the Victorian Auditor General's Office (VAGO) yesterday met with the VHA to discuss a hospital performance audit which VAGO plans to undertake in 2015-16. VAGO sought engagement … Read more

National Close The Gap Day 2015

National Close the Gap Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the significant health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. To mark the occasion, the VHA hosted a Close … Read more

Report on ambulance reforms

 Ambulance Performance and Policy Consultative Committee has released an iterim report on proposed reforms to improve ambulance performance in Victoria, including: better integration of … Read more

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Public holidays to impact on health services

Public hospitals and community health services may be forced to cut services to cover the cost of new public holidays if the State Government fails to help, the Victorian Healthcare … Read more

Ice Action Plan invests $45.5 million

The Andrews Government, on the advice of Victoria Police and health and legal experts, has released its Ice Action Plan. Supported by a $45.5 million investment, the plan aims to reduce the supply, … Read more

Medicare copayment tossed out

VHA welcomes news confirming the Abbott Government’s decision to withdraw its plans to introduce a Medicare co-payment fee.  Acting CEO Mr Tom Symondson said that primary and community … Read more

VHA responds to Victorian public hospital audits

The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) has released the results of the financial audits of Victoria’s public hospital sector, made up of 87 public hospitals and 23 associated … Read more

IHPA National Efficient Cost Determination

The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) has released the National Efficient Cost Determination 2015-16.  The National Efficient Cost (NEC) is the average cost of a block funded … Read more


Minister Ley must consult across the healthcare sector

The Federal Government’s continuing narrow consultation on Medicare reforms shows that it is not learning its lessons on the unintended and negative consequences of policy driven by politics, … Read more

Commowealth pre-budget submission 2015-16

The VHA is calling on the Federal Government to reinstate health funding commitments made by the Commonwealth under the National Health Reform Agreement (NRHA). The Rudd Government and all state … Read more

Medicare rebates and co-payments: a summary

Health Minister Susan Ley has announced that proposed changes to Medicare have been put on hold for further consultation with GPs and the sector. The Abbott Government’s 2014-15 Budget … Read more

Draft guide on quality standards for health boards

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has released a draft guide for health service boards on the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, which all … Read more

Federal Government moves to abolish ACNC

The Federal Government reintroduced legislation to the House of Representatives on Wednesday 3 December to abolish the national charity regulator. Claiming that the removal of the ACNC will … Read more

Victorian election announcements from major parties

While the focus of both the Labor Party and Coalition election campaigns was mostly on capital investment, some policy announcements did align with the VHA's broader election priorities. The … Read more

Community health lessons from Europe study tour

Community health services are the ideal platform to provide innovative service delivery models for clients with multiple co-morbidities and chronic disease, say Victorian delegates from a recent … Read more

National figures on elective surgery and ED care

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released Australia's 2013-14 hospital statistics for elective surgery waiting times and for emergency department care. Elective surgery waiting … Read more

Most cancer surgeries done within a month

A report released today by the National Health Performance Authority has found that most Victorian hospitals complete at least 90 percent of malignant cancer surgeries within 30 days. Hospital … Read more

OECD finds variation in Australian health procedures

A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found the management of common health conditions varies depending upon where people live. The report 'Geographic … Read more

Exploring healthcare variation in Australia

The VHA has responded to a paper from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) entitled 'Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia: Analyses Resulting from an OECD … Read more

KPMG on competitive elective surgery

An evaluation by KPMG has found the Competitive Elective Surgery Funding Initiative has been well-received by Victorian health services, and has resulted in an average discount of 5.3 per cent of … Read more

Commonwealth Budget 2014-15: VHA Response

Commonwealth Treasurer Joe Hockey's first budget delivers more than $8.5 billion in cuts to the health system over the forward estimates, including: - cuts of more than $1 billion to national … Read more

Victorian Budget 2014-15: VHA Response

Total health spending of $14.95 billion has been announced in the 2014-15 Victorian Budget, which is an increase of $607.6 million (4.2 per cent) on 2013-14. Taking inflation and population growth … Read more

Funding hole risks decay in dental services

Friday 24 April 2015 The number of Victorian patients waiting for public dental treatment is growing as public dental services hold out for the commencement of the currently delayed second National … Read more

VHA PLUS+ partnership launched

In an industry first, the VHA has launched a new partnership – VHA PLUS+ – which will deliver salary packaging and novated leasing to all member employers.  VHA CEO Tom Symondson … Read more

Annual Conference big success

Well that’s a wrap! The 2016 VHA Annual Conference Inspiring Health Leadership was a huge success, with many attendees saying it was the best health conference they’d attended. VHA CEO … Read more