A reset & a rethink: Victorian Election 2018

January 8, 2018

As we move toward a State Election in November 2018, the Victorian Healthcare Association, on behalf of its members, calls for an urgent reset and rethink of our public health system, which is under more strain and more pressure than ever before.

While Victoria’s politicians have always prioritised the important issue of health, we face an ever-increasing population and one that is ageing and is experiencing a growing prevalence of chronic disease.

There is a need to confront the challenges faced by the people working within our system, not in a piecemeal fashion but head-on, through broad, connected strategies that consider all parts of the system and its complexities.

The VHA seeks urgent responses from the Victorian Government in the seven core areas of: workforce, innovation, community health services policy and funding, digital health, hospital funding, demand management, and the appropriate and transparent management of buildings and equipment.

Inaction in any area of recommendation will impact the Victorian public health system’s ability to sustain its world-class standard and impede its ability to deliver to the community the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

The VHA consulted widely with its members in developing its recommendations and positions. Our recommendations reflect the views of members from hospitals, community health services and multi-purpose services across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria.

Click here to download the VHA’s 2018 Victorian Election positions.