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Minister makes announcements at VHA Forum

Posted 28 June 2017

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. 

She pledged a rise for the 28 lowest-funded Victorian community dental services, which will now receive an increase in the floor price to $410 (up from $373).

“Dental has been the poor cousin of general health. But its impact on people’s general health and vulnerable communities is huge,” Minister Hennessy said.

She also unveiled plans for much-needed $9.8m capital investment in community heath infrastructure for community health services.

Minister Hennessy also announced to the community health service leaders at today’s Collaborate or Compete forum the regulatory burden would be eased.

“Rest assured I have heard the advocacy from the VHA which has been encouraging us to reduce the red tape.”

A formal announcement would come from the DHHS later this week, she said. VHA CEO Tom Symondson welcomed today’s announcements.

“This represents important recognition of the incredibly valuable role that community health plays in our health system,” he said.

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