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Budgets & State election consultations

Posted 26 October 2017

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.

Members’ sessions in Ballarat, Shepparton, Traralgon and Melbourne elicited robust discussion and welcome contributions.

VHA Director of Policy Emma Liepa, pictured right, said today that the VHA is analysing the information to determine key priorities for the submissions. 

“We’re sifting through every comment and assessing each idea and opportunity our members contributed, and there are some clear themes emerging.”

Any contributions that don’t make next year’s final submission won’t be lost, she said.

“It’s important we focus our advocacy efforts on fewer items in submissions for budgets and the State election so that our message is as strong as possible. But all issues are being logged and plans will subsequently be put into place where appropriate,” she said.

Feedback from session attendees was overwhelmingly positive and the VHA will run similar sessions in the future.

“It’s an excellent way to share information and hear the burning issues and opportunities for change. We appreciate the generosity of CEOs, board members and members of executive teams who have contributed their time and thinking to this process.”

Draft submissions will be emailed to attendees and member CEOs in November for review.

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