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Guaranteeing high-quality & safe care: Victorian Budget 2018-19

Posted 08 January 2018

The Victorian public health system is under strain. The population is increasing, it is ageing and the prevalence of chronic disease is on the rise. Victorian hospitals, community health services and multi-purpose services are committed to meeting the challenge of growing patient numbers with quality patient-centred care that is efficient and effective.

But our hospitals and community health services cannot guarantee the safest care without modern digital systems that provide complete, timely and accurate information about the people for whom they are caring. People across Victoria cannot be guaranteed access to the highest quality care without a high quality, appropriately dispersed and appropriately trained workforce. And that workforce cannot provide the highest quality and safest care when working in outdated buildings and with equipment that may not be optimal.

In 2018-19, the Victorian Healthcare Association recommends a focus on change and this change is urgent. In investing in change, the VHA encourages a health system-wide view and a strong consideration of how inaction in the areas of any recommendation will impact the Victorian community.

The VHA’s recommendations are focused on a range of separate but interlinked areas, encompassing workforce, innovation, digital health, funding, managing demand and supporting care, and infrastructure.

The VHA consulted widely with its members in developing its State Budget recommendations. Our recommendations reflect the views of members from hospitals, community health services and multi-purpose services across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria. In its 80th year of representing the Victorian public health sector, the VHA welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the development of the 2018-19 Victorian Budget.

Click here to download the VHA’s 2018-19 Victorian Pre-Budget Submission.

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