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VHA launches blueprint to futureproof health

Posted 09 March 2016

The Victorian Healthcare Association today called on the Andrews Government to consider innovative initiatives to improve clinical safety and quality, stamp out family violence, assist people exiting prison and provide better end-of-life care, in a bid to futureproof Victoria’s health system.

Driving innovation to ensure ‘’better bang for buck” and increased capital investment are also some of the key platforms of the VHA’s 2016-17 Budget submission, which was launched this afternoon at State Parliament House.

The VHA, the peak body for Victoria’s public hospitals and community health services, has nominated nine priorities for the 2016-17 Budget and 29 recommendations which will futureproof Victoria’s health system.

“Efficiencies should be driven through innovation and partnerships to deliver Victoria’s health system ‘better bang for its buck’”, said Chief Executive Officer Tom Symondson.

“There is an opportunity for the Andrews Government to make a real difference in the health and wellbeing of Victorians,” he said.

He called on the government to:

·         cultivate stronger links between service providers across the healthcare system

·         innovate with new technologies and care models

·         support  health services to achieve clinical quality and safety excellence

·         expand integrated, community based care

·         engage people more in managing their healthcare

Funding growth should reflect the rising cost of delivering healthcare due to Victoria’s ageing and growing population, wage growth, increasing expectations of care and the burden of chronic and complex disease, he said.

“These pressures are set to increase with the 2017-18 Commonwealth funding reductions.”

The VHA has also called for funding continuation for community health promotion and disease prevention and supportive transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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About the Victorian Healthcare Association

The VHA - established in 1938 - is the not-for-profit peak body representing Victoria’s public health and community health services. Members include more than 120 public hospitals, rural and regional health services, aged care facilities, community health services and primary care providers.

Media contact: Rosanne Michie – 0411 868535 rosanne.michie@vha.org.au

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