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VHA welcomes first Andrews Government Budget

Posted 05 May 2015

The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) has welcomed the first Andrews State Budget which has delivered a 6 per cent increase in overall funding for health.

VHA Acting CEO Tom Symondson said it is reassuring the Andrews Government has not just increased funding for acute care but has also recognised the important role community health services play in contributing to the overall well-being of Victorians.

“This strong investment in health will help ease current pressures impacting on health services today. What we now need to see is investment in future proofing the health system with a dedicated health capital program, particularly for regional and rural health, community and aged care services.

“We look forward to working with the Andrews Government in developing a long-term health capital and service plan based on identified need as recognised in the Government’s own Travis review recommendations, which have all been accepted in-principle by the Andrews Government.

“The VHA will also provide ongoing support to the State Government in its efforts to work with the Commonwealth to secure funding for preventative health measures and dental care as well as hospital funding into the future beyond 2017/18.”

The VHA is delighted to see in the Budget:

  • A significant overall increase in health funding including acute care, community care and drug and alcohol services
  • Significant investment in Melbourne’s growth areas including a new commitment to redevelop the Werribee Mercy Hospital
  • That the $200 million ‘beds rescue fund’ is in addition to growth funding
  • Increased capacity in community-based care.

There are a number of areas on which we are hopeful the Victorian Government will take action over the coming months and in future budgets including:

  • A commitment to investing in preventative health in addition to previous investments by the Commonwealth Government
  • A commitment to dedicated capital funding for rural hospitals, community health and public residential aged care services
  • Boosting health ICT to ensure health services are better supported to share information to provide the best clinical care.

While there is no separate line item in the budget we are assured the Public Holiday costs incurred by health services have been fully funded.

The VHA would also like to acknowledge the number of investments in public health initiatives, which will have a positive impact on the overall wellbeing of Victorian communities.

For more information contact

Rachel White – 0438 815 561

Senior Media Adviser

rachel.white@vha.org.au

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