Annual Report 2021-22
October 6, 2022
Our 2021-22 Annual Report reflects on a challenging year for the Victorian public health sector, with services facing record demand for care, while continuing to respond to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, the VHA has endeavoured to lead, support and strengthen the public health and community health sectors, drawing attention to the challenges the sector has faced, supporting services through those challenges, and advocating for solutions to help alleviate them.
In the report, the VHA’s Board Chair Dr Sue Matthews, said that while Victoria’s health system has been operating under considerable and sustained stress, as the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts linger on, our members have continued to deliver high-quality care.
‘Everyone in the sector should be proud of the role they have played in supporting and caring for Victorians over the past 12 months – and I thank them for their dedication during this trying time,’ Dr Matthews said.
‘I am proud of the role the VHA has played in supporting those in the sector, and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the sector as the Board Chair of the VHA.’
Dr Matthews acknowledged Victorian public health, community health, aged care and ambulance services are likely to face ongoing challenges.
‘Further support will be needed to ensure the sustainability of the healthcare sector – and the VHA will continue to urge all levels of government to invest in the health system to keep Victorians healthy and well.’ Dr Matthews said.
The report highlights key activities that the VHA undertook in 2021-22 to support the sector, in line with its revised Strategic plan.
The VHA will continue its efforts to strengthen the health system so that it is better placed to meet the evolving needs of all Victorians.