Advancing your interests in 2022

This page is a resource hub for the VHA’s activities and outputs that seek to advance the interests of our members through the 2022 state and federal budgets and elections.

The recommendations in our budget submissions stem from research and engagement carried out as part of the VHA’s white paper Stabilising the system: Supporting Victoria’s public health sector to manage sustained COVID-19 demand.

The policies and initiatives in our State Election Platform build on the white paper, and were developed through extensive engagement with VHA members over the course of the year.

State election

26 November 2022

The VHA is seeking nine commitments in its election platform for the 2022 state election, representing significant areas of reform that need State Government intervention during the next four-year term.

Federal Election

21 May 2022

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 our Federal Budget briefing.

These positions call for Commonwealth leadership in prioritising workforce immigration, supporting rural and regional training, increasing health funding, and supporting greater care in the community. The next Commonwealth Government has a vital role to support and augment the health response post-pandemic.

Victorian Budget

3 May 2022

Victoria’s health system has been under considerable and sustained stress since the onset of the pandemic. Community health services have created innovative programs to deliver care within the community, assisting in primary care responses and vaccine delivery. Metropolitan and regional health services have provided quality healthcare when the system’s workforce has been stretched to capacity, while the state’s ambulances experienced record callout demand.

A renewed emphasis on building capacity, public health initiatives, system coordination and out-of-hospital care have led to new forms of health interventions that have improved the health outcomes for Victorians.

The VHA has detailed nine immediate steps the Victorian Government can take to support the Victorian public health system, in its submission to the 2022-23 State Budget.

Federal Budget

Tuesday 29 March 2022

Victoria has suffered the greatest impacts of the pandemic, after facing the most extensive lockdowns in the country.

This has had major ramifications for our public health and aged care services, which fought hard to protect and care for patients and staff.

We called for the Commonwealth to demonstrate stronger leadership by increasing health funding, improving workforce availability and ensuring greater care in the community.

Our Federal Budget submission details the 10 immediate steps we asked the Commonwealth Government to take to support the Victorian public health system.