Member briefings

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

  • 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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  • 02.10.20

Briefing: Aged care and COVID-19: a special report

Following a brief inquiry into the aged care response to COVID-19, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety have released a special report with six key recommendations.

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  • 06.09.20

Hearings into aged care response to COVID-19

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety held two hearings between 10-14 August 2020. The first hearing, from 10-13 August, was examining the response to COVID-19 in aged care. The second hearing, from 13-14 August, focused on accommodation. The VHA has developed brief summaries to provide key details and themes for VHA members.

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  • 06.08.20

Aged Care Royal Commission hearings, 15-17 July

The VHA has developed a member briefing on the hearings held by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety from 15-17 July 2020 into how mental health, oral health and allied health care could be improved for people accessing aged care services.

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