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Public aged care commitment required: VHA

Posted 04 October 2016

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 aged care capital, which did not get a mention, said the Victorian Healthcare Association’s CEO Tom Symondson today.

“There are some excellent recommendations which we call on the government to fund. But state investment in residential aged care infrastructure is required. It’s vital the government help our public hospitals to care for older Victorians in this all-important area,” Mr Symondson said.

The VHA is the peak body for the $16 billion public health system.

“Another challenge is that the horizon of 30 years – which we understand is necessary given the scale of some projects – carries the priorities across many government election cycles. But we understand this is to be expected.”

My Symondson called on a bi-partisan commitment to ensure its long term sustainability.

The draft strategy presents a suite of health infrastructure priorities for the Victorian Government to invest in.

The VHA applauds the draft strategy’s mix of new capital projects and investment to upgrade existing assets but called for health prevention and primary care options and local services to be a continued priority.

“It’s also important for patients to have access to care close to home, which reduces pressure on higher-cost acute hospitals. The vision to expand both acute and primary and community health facilities is appropriate and should be supported by government.

“We also support the recommended investment to improve the uptake and use of health ICT systems.”

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