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  • Family violence draft information guidelines

    The VHA has made a submission regarding the consultation on the family violence draft information sharing ministerial guidelines, regulations and the regulatory impact statement

    18 October 2017
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  • VHA Submission: Child well-being & safety information sharing reforms

    The VHA has made a submission in response to the to the DHHS’s child wellbeing and safety reforms consultation paper.

    25 September 2017
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  • VHA Submission: Future reform – an integrated care at home program to support older Australians

    The VHA has made a submission into the discussion paper on an integrated care at home program to support older Australians.

    18 August 2017
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  • VHA Submission: Inquiry into the transitional arrangements for the NDIS

    The VHA has made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s Inquiry into the transitional arrangements for the NDIS.

    08 August 2017
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  • Consultation: Draft cost recovery implementation statement 2018-19

    The VHA has provided a submission to the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement 2018-19.

    21 July 2017
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  • Productivity Commission review: NDIS costs position paper

    The VHA has provided a submission to the Productivity Commission review into the NDIS costs position paper.

    21 July 2017
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  • VHA Submission: Reform to human services

    The VHA responded specifically to recommendations made by the Productivity Commission regarding end of life care, public hospitals and public dental services. 

    14 July 2017
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  • VHA Submission: Inquiry into the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment Bill

    The VHA has presented a submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre) Bill 2017.

    27 April 2017
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  • VHA Submission: Single Aged Care Quality Framework

    The VHA has contributed to the single quality aged care framework consultation.

    20 April 2017
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  • VHA Submission: Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017

    The VHA has lodged a submission regarding the introduction of a voluntary assisted dying framework. If passed, it will reform the ways in which death and dying are viewed and discussed in Victoria.

    12 April 2017
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  • VHA Submission: NDIS Price Controls Review Consultation

    The VHA welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the 2017 NDIS Price Controls Review Consultation.

    12 April 2017
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  • Productivity Commission review: NDIS costs

    The VHA has made a submission to the Productivity Commission review into NDIS costs.

    07 April 2017
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  • Victorian Budget Submission 2017-18

    The VHA has made a submission to the Andrews Government's 2017-18 budget process.

    07 March 2017
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  • VHA Submission: NDIS inquiry for people with psychosocial disabilities.

    The VHA has made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS inquiry into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities.

    27 February 2017
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  • Productivity Commission inquiry: Reform of Human Services

    The VHA submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Human Services.

    16 February 2017
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  • VHA Submission: Nurse/Midwife to Patient Ratio Improvements Taskforce

    The VHA has provided a policy submission to the Nurse/Midwife to Patient Ratio Improvements Taskforce consultation.

    16 February 2017
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  • VHA Submission: 2017-18 Commonwealth Budget

    The VHA has prepared a submission to contribute to the development of the 2017-18 Commonwealth Budget.

    24 January 2017
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  • VHA Submission: Aged Care Legislated Review

    The VHA has provided a submission to the Aged Care Legislated Review. This submission reflects our focus on system design and priority issues for our members.

    13 December 2016
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  • VHA Submission: Introducing competition and informed user choice into the human services

    The VHA is providing this submission to the Productivity Commission following the release of its preliminary findings report: “Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Identifying Sectors for Reform”.

    08 November 2016
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  • VHA Submission: Draft 30 year infrastructure strategy

    The VHA has submitted a draft 30 year infrastructure strategy. 

    28 October 2016
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  • VHA Submission: Victorian state disability plan 2017-2020

    The VHA has submitted a response to the Victorian Government's discussion paper of the Victorian state disability plan 2017-2020.

    14 July 2016
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  • Review into safety and quality assurance in Victorian public hospitals

    The VHA has provided its submission to the review into safety and quality assurance in Victorian public hospitals, led by Stephen Duckett, Maree Cuddihy and Harvey Newnham.

    08 April 2016
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  • VHA Submission: Future of Aged Care Workforce Senate Enquiry
    31 March 2016
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  • Victorian Gender Equality Strategy Submission

    Victorian Gender Equality Strategy Submission

    16 March 2016
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  • Victorian State Budget Submission 2016-17

    Submission to the 2016-17 Victorian State Budget process.

    09 March 2016
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  • 2016-17 Commonwealth Budget Submission

    The VHA's submission to the 2016-17 Commonwealth budget provides recommendations to support and drive public healthcare.

    05 February 2016
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  • Health 2040 submission

    The VHA has submitted a response to the Victorian Government's Health 2040 discussion paper, which sought feedback to shape the future of Victoria's health sector.

    30 October 2015
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  • NSQHS Standards: Version 2

    The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare recently released a draft Version 2 of the National Safety and Quality for Healthcare Service Standards. VHA submitted a response to the consultation paper on 30 October 2015.

    30 October 2015
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  • Increasing Choice in Home Care Stage 1

    This submission responds to the Increasing Choice in Home Care Stage 1 Discussion Paper released by the Department of Social Services in October 2015.

    This discussion paper focuses on the allocation of Home Care Packages directly to consumers by My Aged Care scheduled to commence in February 2017.

    29 October 2015
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  • Aged Care Short-Term Restorative Care Programme

    This submission responds to the New Aged Care Short-Term Restorative Care Programme Policy Consultation Paper released by the Department of Social Services in September 2015.

    19 October 2015
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  • Indpendent Review of the NDIS Act

    This high-level submission into the two year review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Act, focuses on elements of the review that relating directly to the interface between the aged care, health and mental health service systems.

    13 October 2015
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  • Issues Affecting the Financial Performance of Rural and Remote Aged Care Providers

    This submission into the Aged Care Financing Authority's (ACFA) review outlines the high level issues facing aged care providers in rural areas. Its focus is on public sector providers in Victoria, and in particular small rural health services and multi-purpose services.

    01 October 2015
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  • Victoria's 10 Year Mental Health Strategy

    VHA submission into Victoria's long-term strategy for delivering mental health services.

    24 September 2015
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  • VHA submission to the Primary Health Care Advisory Group's consultation
    09 September 2015
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  • Inquiry into End of Life Choices

    The VHA's response to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into End of Life Choices. In our submission, the VHA makes seven recommendations to improve end of life care for Victorians.

    01 September 2015
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  • Independent Review of Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health Community Support Services Programs

    The VHA's submission to the Independent Review of Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health Community Support Services Programs.

    19 August 2015
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  • Modernising Victoria's Health Complaints Legislation

    Response to the Victorian Governmment's Modernising Health Complaints Legislation. 

    17 August 2015
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  • Inquiry into Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Primary Health Care
    14 August 2015
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  • Impact on Victorian Government service delivery of changes to National Partnership Agreements
    29 July 2015
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  • Guide to the NSQHS Standards for community health services
    27 July 2015
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  • Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan

    The VHA welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the development of the 2015-2019 Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (the Plan)

    01 July 2015
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  • Reducing Regulation in the Health Portfolio

    The VHA is pleased to submit our submission to the Reducing Regulation in the Health Portfolio consultation.

    30 June 2015
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  • Re:think Tax Discussion Paper

    The VHA provided a submission to the Commonwealth Government’s Re:think tax reform discussion paper. Re:think is the first step in developing the White Paper on Tax Reform and deals with the Australian tax system broadly, including the current arrangements relating to the not-for-profit sector. 

    10 June 2015
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  • Travis Review

    The VHA provided a submission to the Victorian Government's Travis Review into system-wide health service capacity. The review is being led by former AMA President Dr Doug Travis and will look at opportunities for increasing capacity for improving patient services.

    30 April 2015
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  • Commonwealth Home Support Programme

    Submission to the Department of Social Services in response to the draft CHSP Manual, draft Good Practice Guide for Restorative Care Approaches and the consultation paper on CHSP fee arrangements.


    15 April 2015
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  • Victorian State Budget Submission 2015-16

    VHA submission to the Andrews Victorian Government's first budget process.

    12 March 2015
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  • Federal Budget Submission 2015-16

    Pre-budget submission to the Commonwealth Government.

    15 January 2015
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  • ACQSHC Draft Guide for Health Service Boards

    Submission on the ACQSHC's draft consultation guide for boards implementing the national standards.

    05 January 2015
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  • Primary Health Networks role and boundaries

    The VHA is concerned that the proposed role and boundaries of PHNs may hinder improvements in the coordination of care between health services.

    30 October 2014
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  • National Registration and Accreditation Scheme Review

    VHA submission on the consultation paper relating to the Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions.

    10 October 2014
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  • Community Health Program Guidelines

    The VHA provided the Victorian Department of Health with its contribution and feedback to the draft community health program guidelines.

    03 September 2014
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  • AOD and MHCSS recommissioning consultation

    The VHA's response to the service sector reform council's review of the recommissioning of the alcohol and other drug and mental health community support service programs. 

    03 September 2014
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  • IHPA Pricing Framework for Public Hospitals 2015-16
    25 July 2014
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  • Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia

    Response to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care paper 'Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia: Analyses Resulting from an OECD Study'.

    21 July 2014
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  • Commonwealth Home Support Discussion Paper
    30 June 2014
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  • Public Infrastructure Inquiry

    Submission to Productivity Commission's broad-ranging inquiry into public infrastructure.

    23 December 2013
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  • Plan Melbourne

    Submission to the Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Strategy call for comment.

    06 December 2013
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  • Training and Development Grant

    Response to Victorian Department of Health Training and Development Grant Discussion Paper.

    04 December 2013
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  • Submission to the National Commission of Audit
    23 November 2013
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  • Submission to the review of the PCEHR

    Submission to the review of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR).

    20 November 2013
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  • Clinical Mental Health Service Catchment Consultation

    The VHA's submission to the consultation on clinical mental health service catchment boundaries.

    01 November 2013
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  • National Framework for Action on Dementia
    15 May 2013
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  • Service Sector Reform

    Response to the Towards a more effective and sustainable community services sector discussion paper.

    05 April 2013
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  • Metropolitan Planning Strategy

    Response to the Ministerial Advisory Committee regarding the development of a Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Strategy

    28 March 2013
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  • Proposed changes to Aged Care Act 1997
    21 December 2012
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  • NFP Sector Tax Concession

    This submission outlines the Victorian Healthcare Association’s (VHA) response to the Fairer, simpler and more effective tax concessions for the not-for-profit sector discussion paper.

    17 December 2012
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  • Definition and Cost Drivers for Mental Health Services
    06 December 2012
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  • PDRSS reform framework

    Submission on the proposed reform framework of the Victorian Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation Support Services.

    28 June 2012
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  • PCEHR System Proposals for Rules and Regulations

    Response to the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) System: Proposals for Regulations and Rules

    05 April 2012
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  • Palliative Care in Australia

    Submission to the Australian Senate Community Affairs Committee inquiry into Palliative Care in Australia.

    21 March 2012
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  • ABF for Australian Public Hospitals - Towards a Pricing Framework
    21 February 2012
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  • Ten Year Roadmap for Mental Health Reform
    01 February 2012
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