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Victorian Budget 2018-19: VHA praises an historic health budget

Posted 01 May 2018

The Victorian Healthcare Association applauds the historic $19.4 billion investment in the Victorian public and community health sector, announced in the 2018-19 State Budget today, a 6.9 per cent increase on the previous year’s budget.

The Andrews Government has committed to an increase in funding across health infrastructure including funding a landmark electronic health record for the Parkville precinct and major projects in regional Victoria, action to address the workforce pipeline issues in disability and aged care, and a significant boost to mental health funding.

Chief Executive of the VHA, Mr Tom Symondson, says the VHA is, on behalf of its members, delighted that many of its 2018-19 Budget Submission recommendations have been adopted.

“Today’s budget sees an historic increase in health funding overall and, crucially, in community and rural health.

“The announcement of the electronic medical record funding is a strong demonstration of leadership by the Andrews Government and it will make a significant difference to patients ensuring they receive the most timely and the safest care possible.”

The budget included a strong response to addressing health workforce issues by making a large number of health and community sector training courses more accessible and affordable to encourage people to enter health, aged care and disability sectors.

Mr Symondson said the significant investment in mental health was much needed and will go someway towards addressing the massive impact to hospitals and to the community.

“We’re delighted to see the investment in initiatives such as the crisis hubs in emergency departments, but a significant gap remains in community-based mental health and we hope to work with the government ahead of the November election to identify solutions to this important issue.”

VHA CEO Tom Symondson will host an analysis on the health sector impacts and highlights at a VHA Budget Breakfast on Wednesday 9 May. For more information go to www.vha.org.au/events

Now in its 80th year, the VHA proudly represents 96 per cent of the state’s public hospitals and community health services.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Mr Symondson, contact:
Zhoe Jess, Media and Communications Manager, on 0400 952 120 or at zhoe.jess@vha.org.au

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