VHA calls for Commonwealth leadership in health

May 19, 2022

The VHA’s federal election positions paper calls for Commonwealth leadership in prioritising health workforce immigration, support for rural and regional training, increased health funding, and support for more care in the community.

The next Commonwealth Government has a vital role to support and augment the health response post-pandemic.

Victoria’s health system has been under considerable stress since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not alone in facing these issues, but Victoria’s public and community health services have faced more sustained pressure than any other jurisdiction. These pressures continue, as services face staff furloughing, increased emergency demand and greater patient acuity.

The recent 2022-23 Federal Budget did not deliver the support and leadership required by Victoria’s public health and community health services.

This is why the 2022 federal election is vital – the next Commonwealth Government should invest in health.

The VHA’s federal election positions build on our recent Stabilising the System white paper, which highlighted potential solutions to support Victoria’s healthcare system, and the recent Federal Budget briefing. These interconnected resources are all available on our Agenda 2022 page.

 

Our election positions

Address health workforce shortages:

  • Create an industry specific visa for the health and wellbeing sector.
  • Invest in rural and regional training pipeline and infrastructure.

Fund the future of health:

  • Provide 50:50 funding towards the National Health Reform Agreement and remove the 6.5 per cent growth cap.
  • Include out-of-hospital care in the National Health Reform Agreement.

The VHA has been tracking the major parties’ election commitments relating to public health, community health, aged care, ambulance and mental health in Victoria. Check out our live health policy tracker and see how the parties currently score on our election positions below.

 

VHA federal election positions
Federal election positions scorecard