Victorian Greens pledge to stand with community health

August 17, 2018

On the second day of the VHA’s Annual Conference Rethink, reset, reimagine, health spokeswoman for the Victorian Greens, Nina Springle MP, pledged commitment to the Stand with Community Health campaign, which was launched this week.

‘The Greens hold three seats in the Victorian lower house and are a strong force in the upper house. We are delighted that they have shown their commitment to community health today,’ Tom Symondson, VHA CEO said today.

By signing the candidate pledge, the Victorian Greens have committed to: 

  • Leverage Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution funding to establish new community health centres, run by existing community health services.
  • Ensure that Victoria’s 29 registered community health services receive preferred supplier status from the Victorian Government for the provision of services to vulnerable communities.
  • Help establish a dedicated community health service capital fund.
  • Deliver additional funding to keep pace with demand.
  • Invest in pilot hospital diversion projects.
  • Increase public dental funding.

The Greens announcement sees them join the REASON Party in standing with community health to take pressure off emergency departments and reducing outpatient waiting lists.

The Labor Party and the Liberal Coalition are yet to take the candidate pledge. 

‘The good news is that with 98 days until the Election, both parties have plenty of time to pledge their commitment to stand with community health.’