Member briefings

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

  • 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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  • 26.11.20

Briefing: State budget snapshot for community health

A summary of funding provided for community health in the 2020-21 State Budget, handed down on Tuesday 24 November

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  • 26.11.20

Briefing: State Budget 2020-21

A comprehensive analysis of the $31 billion investment in health and human services outlined in the 2020-21 Victorian Budget, handed down on Tuesday 24 November.

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  • 07.10.20

Briefing: Commonwealth Budget 2020-21

A high-level analysis of core health, community health and aged care policy areas provided in the 2020-21 Commonwealth Budget, handed down on Tuesday 6 October.

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