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VHA applauds health windfall: Andrews Budget
Posted 27 April 2016
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 hospitals and community health services - also applauded the $200 million committed to a Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.
CEO Tom Symondson said, while we are yet to see a boost in investment for health IT, it was pleasing to see significant commitments in capital works for hospitals, community health and aged care; mental health and responses to family violence.
“The increase is hugely positive for health services,” Mr Symondson said outside Parliament House today. “The increase is a windfall for our health sector."
“It’s disappointing, however, not to see more commitment to illness prevention funding initiatives like Healthy Together Victoria.”
He was particularly pleased that many of the VHA’s 2016-17 Victorian Budget submission recommendations had been adopted.
· Significant growth in acute health funding
· Dedicated capital fund for regional and rural health services ($200 million over four years)
· Funding for public sector residential aged care capital
· Support for public and community health service providers to transition to the NDIS
“We also acknowledge the important signal the Government has sent to the aged care sector through its $57 million commitment to a new public sector, 90-bed facility in metro Melbourne and we look forward to similar investments in the future,” Mr Symondson said. “Nevertheless, there remain important initiatives where we call on the Andrews Government to take action in future budgets.”
· Ongoing commitment for innovation support through Better Care Victoria and illness prevention initiatives like Healthy Together Victoria.
· Statewide strategy for digital health with substantial statewide health IT investment.
· Funding to care for those community mental health consumers who will not be served by the NDIS.
For more information contact:
Rosanne Michie – 0411 868535
VHA Director of Media and Communication
Rosanne.Michie@vha.org.au Wednesday 27 April, 2016
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