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New PHNs need bilateral support
Posted 11 April 2015
The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) has welcomed the Commonwealth's announcement of Victoria's six Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and has called for both the Commonwealth and Victorian governments to demonstrate their commitment to the success of PHNs as highlighted in the VHA’s 2015-16 State and Commonwealth budget submissions.
Acting VHA CEO Tom Symondson said as the peak body for Victoria’s public and community health services the VHA is keen to support the new PHNs to work in partnership with Victorian healthcare providers to see the effective and efficient delivery of primary care to all Victorians.
"Now that the PHNs are known, we must all focus on ensuring they are adequately resourced and supported to perform their integral role,” Mr Symondson said.
"In Victoria, we believe this requires a coordinated approach from the Commonwealth and the State to assist the PHNs build capacity so they can hit the ground running.
"There is no time better than now for the Commonwealth and Victorian governments to initiate the development of a Victorian Primary Health Plan with input from all interested stakeholders to set out how primary health in Victoria should be delivered and link across our healthcare system.
"It is also important we don't see Victorians miss out on vital services during the transition from Medicare Locals to PHNs, such as after hours care. The VHA is committed to supporting PHNs in the lead up to their formal commencement of operations on 1 July as well as working in partnership going forward.”
Mr Symondson congratulated the successful tenders on their selection to perform the important role of integrating and coordinating the delivery of primary health across Victoria.
"We have existing relationships with many of the successful bidders, with three being led by VHA members, and we look forward to engaging with all the successful bidders in building the foundations that will see them thrive and best serve their communities," Mr Symondson said.
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