Member briefings

The VHA provides briefings for members on key issues and topics that impact the Victorian healthcare sector.

  • 27.07.21

Member briefing – Health and Human Services Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan

To respond to the current and future risks of climate change, the Department of Health and Department of Families, Fairness and Housing has developed a consultation draft Health and Human Services Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan 2022-2026. The draft Plan is intended to guide climate adaptation response across the health and human services sector, proposing short-, medium- and long-term objectives to address climate change impacts. This member briefing provides a summary of the draft plan and what the proposed actions mean for health and community health services.

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  • 20.07.21

Member briefing – VAGO Clinical Governance: Health Services report

On 24 June 2021, the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) released a report following an audit of clinical governance at four health services in Victoria. This member briefing provides an overview of the audit and report, VAGO's recommendations to the four health services, and how the recommendations can be applied to clinical governance at all health services.

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  • 06.07.21

Member briefing: Mental Health and Wellbeing Act consultation

The Victorian Government is drafting a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act, as recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. A consultation process has been launched and the VHA and Mental Health Victoria are delivering a series of consultation workshops to understand the service perspective. This member briefing has been prepared to support member understanding of what is being proposed.

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  • 20.05.21

Member briefing – Victorian Budget 2021/22

The Victorian 2021-22 Budget signals the first step in a long journey to reform Victoria’s public health system. The Budget includes an overall spend of $23.4 billion to support Victoria’s health system, with a continued focus on COVID-19 response and recovery.

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  • 12.05.21

Member briefing: 2021-22 Commonwealth Budget

The 2021-22 Commonwealth Budget is largely positive with a renewed focus on long-term health priorities, an emphasis on aged care and mental health, and priority investment for inclusion and diversity measures including women’s health.

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  • 06.04.21

Member briefing: State Disability Plan

The Victorian Government is undertaking a consultation on the new State Disability Plan, which had been paused in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • 06.04.21

Member briefing: National Preventive Health Strategy 2030

The Commonwealth Government has launched a consultation on its draft National Preventative Health Strategy which seeks to guide and improve Australia’s preventative health system and its resources and capabilities over the next 10 years.

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  • 02.03.21

Member briefing: Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System’s final report

The final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System was released today, following an historic period of public consultations, hearings and evidence gathering resulting in over 12,500 contributions from individuals and organisations.

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  • 01.03.21

Member briefing: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s final report

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (the Commission) has released its final report, following a comprehensive period of public consultations, hearings and evidence gathering.

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  • 11.02.21

Member briefing: Duty of candour consultation

In December 2020, the Victorian Government announced the launch of a community consultation on a proposed duty of candour law and related proposals aimed at further strengthening the culture of health services. The proposed law is the first of its kind in Australia.

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  • 19.01.21

Member briefing: Legislation reform to enable health information sharing

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is developing a clinical information sharing (CIS) solution which uses a single digital interface to allow health information from services to be stored and held in a central location by DHHS, before being securely shared with other public hospitals and health services. DHHS held a consultation process in November 2020 on potential legislative reform to enable this process.

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  • 21.12.20

Member Briefing: Productivity Commission inquiry report on mental health

The Productivity Commission released its final inquiry report on mental health on 16 November 2020. The report calls for major changes in the national delivery of mental healthcare in Australia, while the Commonwealth Government is yet to release its response to the report.

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