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Fair Work Commission supports unpaid family & domestic violence leave

In March 2017, Russell Kennedy Lawyers published an alert about the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission’s consideration of the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ application … Read more

Herald the death of the dashboard ... brave new ideas in quality & safety

The health sector has an over-reliance on learning from error. We need to shift the focus from learning from when things go wrong to the insights when things go right, according to Derek Feeley, … Read more

Russell Kennedy: Health Insights

The latest insights from the Russell Kennedy health law team. In this edition: High-tech trauma specs a vision of the future Improving communication between health services and doctors How … Read more

New obligation for hospitals: consultation paper

The Victorian Government is considering legislative reforms arising from the Duckett Review. One of the recommendations was the introduction of a Statutory Duty of Candour for Victoria. Written by&… Read more

Regional health services for LGBTIQ children: VHA forum

An innovative project is taking steps to boost limited health services for trans and gender diverse children in regional Victoria. Gateway Health's WayOut Wodonga (WOW) project began in 2013 with … Read more

VHA position on marriage equality result

The Victorian Healthcare Association is pleased the Australian public has voted yes for marriage equality and calls on the Australian Parliament to enshrine their clear position. VHA CEO Tom … Read more

Hear about the algorithm that saves lives: Rural & Regional Forum

Two years ago there wasn’t a protocol in place for chest pain presentations at Alpine Health. Today, thanks to the resolve and ingenuity of registered nurse Olivia Stapleton, Assoc Prof Leslie … Read more

VHA applauds safe injecting facility trial

The peak body for Victoria’s public health services has applauded today’s courageous State Government announcement of a supervised injecting facility trial, Victorian Healthcare … Read more

2017 Victorian Public Healthcare Premier's Awards

The Victorian Healthcare Association CEO Tom Symondson congratulates the member health services which featured in the prestigious 2017 Victorian Public Healthcare Premier’s Awards. … Read more

Health services in financial abuse fight

Health services can play a significant role in fighting financial abuse, says Sandy Probert of State Trustees. Ms Probert who is the relationship manager at State Trustees and a passionate advocate … Read more

Budgets & State election consultations

Hundreds of recommendations and concepts were shared by more than 50 member representatives, as part of the VHA’s extensive 2018 budget and election consultations, which culminated this week. … Read more

New option for police checks

The VHA has negotiated the best price in the market for its members for National History Police Checks by partnering with Clear to Work. Clear to Work police checks, which are online, are accredited … Read more

The Face of Health

Health attracts some very special people. The VHA believes that storytelling is a powerful way to communicate the great work and people we represent in your health service. We're calling this … Read more

VHA Annual Report tabled

It’s been another excellent year for the Victorian Healthcare Association with unprecedented member engagement and advocacy, a comprehensive events schedule and new business growth, the VHA … Read more

VHA welcomes new Board Directors

VHA Chair Gary Thomas today welcomed four new members to the Board of Directors. Jon Anstey of Castlemaine District Community Health, Margaret Bennett of Northeast Health Wangaratta, Abbas Khambati … Read more

Suicide can be prevented: VHA conference told

First Graeme Holdsworh lost his job. Next he lost his family. Then he nearly lost his life, by his own hand. “Thankfully I was saved,” the former architect and Beyond Blue ambassador told … Read more

Humanity a global struggle: Justice Kirby tells VHA conference

The way the Australian marriage equality debate is being conducted is extremely distressing for LGBTIQ people with a potentially-negative impact on their health, said the former High Court judge … Read more

Minister Hennessy opens VHA conference

We don’t have nearly enough humanity in health, the Minister for Health and Ambulance services, the Hon Jill Hennessy told the VHA conference at the MCG today. “We talk about patient … Read more

I’ll never stop: Susan Alberti tells VHA conference

Susan Alberti would be forgiven for taking it a bit easier – after pioneering women’s AFL, running a big construction company, beating numerous personal health challenges and raising … Read more

VHA Award winners celebrate

The 2017 VHA Award winnners were announced at the VHA Annual Conference Humanity in health last night. VHA CEO Tom Symondson thanked member health services that nominated for an award and … Read more

Experience the NEXA solution in action at RCH

Exclusively for VHA members, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne is conducting walk-throughs of their facility on 27 October to demonstrate how the NEXA Health Solution helps them enhance … Read more

New Australian Centre of Healthcare Governance brand launched

The Australian Centre of Healthcare Governance – which provides clinical and organisational corporate governance services to support the health and community sector – was today relaunched … Read more

Quality & safety expert to lead conference panel

The VHA has convened a panel of highly respected governance experts for day one of the 2017 VHA Annual Conference Humanity in health, at the MCG on October 5-6. In the wake of a number … Read more

Have your say: Budgets and State Election consultations

Attend a session and have your say on the things that matter most.     The Victorian and Commonwealth budgets will be handed down in early May 2018, while a Victorian election will be held … Read more

VHA supports marriage equality

The Board and employees of the Victorian Healthcare Association believe marriage equality is a powerful public health strategy that reduces stigma and discrimination and improves the health of … Read more

Making disability services viable within an ‘NDIS world’

Knowing ‘thy core mission’ is the key to surviving the transition to a NDIS environment. Dedication to delivering excellence around a narrower range of ‘efficiently-priced&… Read more

World-leading genomics expert to speak at VHA Conference

Internationally-renowned translational scientist Professor North, who leads a large multi-disciplinary research team at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, will speak on day one at the … Read more

The evolution of ransomware & how to protect your business

Ransomware has been a threat to businesses across all sectors for more than a decade, but in recent years its popularity has exploded. According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Report1, … Read more

VHA strikes partnership with nDiscovery for managed cyber-security treat detection

The VHA has joined forces with international cybersecurity threat detection experts nDiscovery, it was announced today. VHA CEO Tom Symondson said cybersecurity was of paramount importance … Read more

Leveraging existing IT infrastructure for implementing & integrating a patient engagement system

Applying patient engagement technology is often associated with acquiring new hardware technology. What many health care facilities may not realize is that much of the infrastructure&… Read more

The connection between patient satisfaction and readmission rates

Did you know that higher overall patient satisfaction and satisfaction with discharge planning are associated with lower 30-day hospital readmission rates? One study suggests that taking a patient-… Read more

What are the benefits of outsourced event log management?

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Building digital trust with Australian healthcare consumers

Most Australian consumers (89 percent) believe the security of their digital healthcare data is important, yet according to an Accenture survey, 16 percent have experienced a breach of their … Read more

Do your end users really trust you?

Consumers in the NFP and health sectors are being empowered to choose their services from the providers they trust. If these consumers are not satisfied with the service they receive – or … Read more

Safe injecting report tabled

The Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues committee last week tabled the final report of its Inquiry into the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Pilot Medically … Read more

Disrupting the waiting room

“Am I the next patient to be seen?”. Asked endlessly in waiting rooms all over the country, it’s a question born of anxiety, boredom and frustration. As clinics run over time, … Read more

Michael Kirby to speak at VHA conference

Former High Court judge and human rights activist Michael Kirby AC CMG will headline day two of the VHA 2017 Annual Conference. VHA CEO Tom Symondson announced today that Australia’s … Read more

REDHS enhance clinical governance from VHA award

Rochester and Elmore District Health Service evaluated its clinical governance last week – thanks to Russell Kennedy Lawyers and the VHA. The health service won last year’s inaugural VHA … Read more

Member visits: North West Victoria

VHA CEO Tom Symondson and Director of Membership and Events Kerri Langes visited several member health services in the state's north west this week. They met with staff and toured facilites at … Read more

Working natural lighting in healthcare design

Natural daylight is an environmental factor that has perhaps the greatest impact on the health and wellbeing of people within a space. It's also one of the cheapest and most effective elements to … Read more

Tips for designing aged care facilities in Australia

As a nation, we’re getting older. The number of Australians over the age of 65 has tripled in the last decade to over 3.4 million, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. … Read more

Vale Fiona Richardson

The VHA is greatly saddened by the passing of Victorian MP Fiona Richardson, who died this week after a battle with cancer. VHA CEO Tom Symondson said Australia’s first Minister for the … Read more

Susan Alberti to headline VHA Conference

Pre-eminent Australian Susan Alberti AC – a successful businesswoman who has donated millions of dollars to medical research and other causes – will headline the VHA 2017 Annual … Read more

Regional Victorians scoop Aged Care Awards

Dedicated aged care workers from the Wimmera, Kilmore and Gippsland regions have scored top honours in this year’s Celebrating Aged Care awards. Finalists included staff from Bairnsdale, … Read more

Move it, don’t lose it!

You are never too old or frail to participate in physical activity. That’s the message from Dr Frances Batchelor, keynote speaker at the VHA’s Celebrating Aged Care Active for Life event … Read more

Person-centred segmentation for a better healthcare system

Accenture has released a report into how patient attitudes and behaviours reveal new perspectives on demographic segmentation in Australian healthcare.  The report provides insights from a … Read more

Celebrating Aged Care Week salutes workers

Meet the Mad Hatter with the magic hands. Peter Walsgott can never be accused of not giving his all for his job. Resplendent in fake red curls, huge green hat, impeccable make up, knickerbockers and … Read more

Celebrating Aged Care Week kicks off in madcap style

Staff of Wimmera Health Care Group’s Kurrajong Lodge have enthusiastically embraced 2017 Celebrating Aged Care Week, fabulously recreating the Mad Hatter’s tea party for delighted … Read more

Nominations open: 2017 VHA Annual Awards

Nominations for the 2017 VHA Annual Awards open today. The awards - to be presented at the VHA Annual Conference cocktail function at the MCG - have been invigorated to offer new categories and … Read more

Denis Walter OAM named Celebrating Aged Care Week Ambassador

Well-known broadcaster and entertainer Denis Walter has been named ambassador for 2017 Celebrating Aged Care Week, it was announced today. Walter, who has received the Order of Australia for services … Read more

UK Study Tour provides useful insight

The VHA’s 2017 study tour - led by CEO Tom Symondson – has provided an excellent overview of the English and Scottish public health and social care system, he said today. “The UK … Read more

The path to patient centricity

Your patients aren’t comparing their hospital experience to other hospitals, they’re comparing them to CBA’s banking app, their latest purchase on Amazon, how easy it was to book a … Read more

Humanity in health

Here’s a sneak peak of the theme and logo for the 2017 VHA Annual Conference. In a nod to the importance of altruism derived from the human condition in all aspects of healthcare, Humanity … Read more

VHA strikes KLAS deal

The VHA has forged a deal with healthcare research insights company KLAS to be the VHA’s international research partner, it was announced today. VHA Director of Development David Fien said the … Read more

Mature technology

Australians today are living longer, and the population is getting older. This puts complex pressures on the healthcare system—from an increase in chronic conditions, to growing demand for … Read more

Artificial intelligence: healthcare's new nervous system

Growth opportunities are hard to come by without significant investment, but artificial intelligence is a self-running engine for growth in healthcare. According to Accenture analysis, when combined, … Read more

VHA forges partnership with CX specialist NEXA

The VHA has joined forces with customer experience specialist NEXA, it was announced today. VHA Director of Development David Fien said the partnership with NEXA - which already provides customer … Read more

The Internet of Health Things

The Internet of Health Things is already delivering tangible cost savings, but continuous investment is essential. To succeed in the digital economy, healthcare providers and payers must take full … Read more

VHA saddened by doctor tragedy

The Victorian Healthcare Association is greatly saddened by the death of Dr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann, who died yesterday after an incident at Box Hill hospital. Our thoughts are with Dr Pritzwald-… Read more

Minister makes announcements at VHA Forum

The State Government will increase funding for adult dental services to help address the 30 per cent Federal Government cut, the Minister for Health Jill Hennessy announced at a VHA forum today. … Read more

VHA congratulates board chairs

The Victorian Healthcare Association CEO Tom Symondson today congratulated the new chairs of Victorian Health Service Boards. “It’s excellent to see a good blend of experience and skills … Read more

VHA launches issues register

The VHA will this week launch a new issues register for members to log queries and challenges about aged care and NDIS reforms. The VHA’s capacity building function supports health care … Read more

Minister to headline forum

The Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy will be keynote speaker at the VHA’s Community Health Forum, the CEO of the VHA Tom Symondson announced today. The forum, which has … Read more

Exciting time for healthcare governance

Former hospital clinician and quality and safety expert Jo-Anne Moorfoot has been appointed to lead the Australian Centre of Healthcare Governance, it was announced this week. Ms Moorfoot will lead … Read more

Managing the minefield: Roxon

You don’t have to have a PhD in microbiology to play a crucial role on a health board charged with clinical governance, former Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon told the VHA’s … Read more

Federal Budget 2017

Important health decisions which sure up the future of Medicare and the National Disability Insurance Scheme were welcomed by VHA CEO Tom Symondson. But more needs to be done for health prevention … Read more

Home care fraught for employer industrial relations: VHA forum told

The advent of consumer-directed healthcare like the NDIS, home care and other aged care services has created a raft of potential risks and safety issues for health services, the VHA Industrial … Read more

Victorian Budget 2017–18: Good news for health but more certainty needed for rural communities

The Victorian Healthcare Association has welcomed the Andrews Government’s historic commitment to address family violence, capital development needs of major metropolitan hospitals, mental … Read more

MEMBER VISIT: Kidzspace for Bendigo community

VHA Director of Membership and Events, Kerri Langes and Policy Advisor, Paul Tuvey visited Castlemaine District Community Health, Cobaw Community Health Services and Bendigo Community Health Services … Read more

Hear from Victoria’s Health Complaints watchdog

Dodgy health providers can now be named, shamed and banned in Victoria – good news for VHA members who cite governance as one of the most important issues on their agenda. Victoria's … Read more

Nurse/midwife ratio taskforce consultation with VHA

VHA met with the Nurse/Midwife to Patient Ratio Improvements Taskforce this week.  Representing the public health sector, the VHA presented a range of workforce and quality measures in improving … Read more

BLOG: CEO grumpy about health insurance

Tom Symondson's first monthly blog launches today. Murphy’s law was probably invented by a health insurance strategist. Fear - and, of course common sense for those who choose and can afford it … Read more

Police told family violence a crime: VHA forum

Victoria Police needs to constantly remind its officers that family violence is actually a crime, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner for Family Violence Command Dean McWhirter told the Victorian … Read more

No honey pot: Jennings tells VHA forum

There’s no magic, one-size-fits-all solution to family violence, Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings told a VHA forum.  “I have never believed in the honey pot phenomenon of one … Read more

Digital health data launched: silver surf's up

Older Australians are affluent, health literate and surprisingly proactive in managing their own health. And they are using digital health tool to do so, according to latest research from Accenture, … Read more

Health must embrace change: expert

Hospitals are being called “houses of ritual” – such is the resistance to change, international health system expert Dr John Øvretveit has told a VHA event. Dr Ø… Read more

Digital health research launch dinner with Accenture

VHA digital partner, Accenturecommissioned a seven-country survey of 7,840 consumers aged 18+ to assess their attitudes toward health, the healthcare system, electronic health records, … Read more

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


Rural Allied Health Support Programs 2016-19 will now be administered through RWAV, direct queries here. Read more

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

VHA inks Kronos deal

The VHA is delighted to ink a deal with respected healthcare industry solutions company Kronos as VHA Workforce Strategy Partner. VHA CEO Tom Symondson said the deal would potentially add significant … 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

Accenture & VHA innovation workshop

Eighty five per cent of Australians are actually happy with the healthcare they receive, according to latest research from Digital Advisory Partner Accenture. Accenture’s Ian Manovel said the … 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

Victorian Houses of Parliament

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

Stethoscope is lying on papers

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

Victorian Houses of Parliament

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

Workforce health's biggest challenge: VHA

Managing the workforce to meet the changing health environment is the sector’s most important challenge, the VHA’s CEO Tom Symondson said today. “Workforce is a massive part of … 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