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VHA launches plan to support “lifeblood”

Posted 08 March 2017

The Victorian Healthcare Association today called on the Andrews Government to invest in health workers and significantly improve services in Melbourne’s growth areas.

Our doctors, nurses and midwives, allied health professionals and support workers are the Victorian public health and aged care system’s greatest asset, said VHA CEO Tom Symondson.

“The 130,000 public hospital and community health service workers are the health system’s lifeblood. It is essential the Victorian Government invest in their training, recruitment and retention particularly in rural and regional areas,” Mr Symondson said.

“Our health services face serious workforce challenges – particularly the projected shortfall of nurses and doctors by 2025. This will be compounded by geographic challenges, exposing rural Victorian communities to even more severe shortages.”

The VHA has also called on the government to build a system for the future by targeting capital investment in the areas of Melbourne experiencing population booms – like Whittlesea, Hume, Melton and Plenty Valley.

Capital investment and support of Victoria’s health workforce are platforms of the VHA’s 17-18 Budget submission, launched this afternoon at State Parliament House.

“It’s not just about asking the Andrews Government for more funding, it is as much about better directing funds to elevate the importance of health and support its biggest asset – the Victorians who care about, work in, and receive care in our health system.

“They are passionate about health. Because health counts. There is no more important priority than health.”

The VHA, the peak body for Victoria’s public hospitals and community health services, has nominated six priorities for the 2017-18 Budget and 31 recommendations for the health system.

All Victorians regardless of where they live or how much money they have should be able to access safe, high-quality health, aged, disability and community care where and when they need, it states.

On behalf of its members at the front line, the VHA calls on the government to:

  • Build a health system for the future
  • Support high quality hospital boards
  • Invest in our people
  • Care for people who need it most
  • Reflect the real cost of delivering care
  • Support Victorians’ end-of-life choices

In the 2016-17 Budget the VHA was pleased to see government respond to many of its recommendations including unprecedented investment into the capital needs of Victoria’s rural and regional health services.

Click here to view the submission. 

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