Submissions

Submissions are prepared on behalf of and in consultation with members and are aimed at driving change to legislation and State and Commonwealth policy.

  • 12.11.20

Submission: Counsel Assisting Aged Care Royal Commission

The VHA has prepared a response to relevant aspects of Counsel Assisting’s final submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and other matters arising at the hearing, including remarks made by Commissioners.

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  • 04.09.20

Submission: The impact of COVID-19 on the Victorian public aged care sector

This submission has been made to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on the impact and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shaped by sector-wide consultations, it represents and reflects the views of Victorian public hospitals and registered community health services.

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  • 24.08.20

Submission: Commonwealth Pre-Budget 2020-21

This pre-Budget submission builds on the VHA's submission, made on behalf of its members in February 2020, to reflect the impacts of COVID-19 across key sector priority areas. This budget offers the opportunity to build on initiatives across the sector that are supporting the COVID-19 response and safeguard service delivery across the healthcare continuum.

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  • 17.08.20

Submission: Inquiry into the Victorian Government’s Response to the COVID- 19 Pandemic

In parallel with health systems across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is testing the Victorian health system. Back-to-back crises in 2020, from devastating bushfires to the COVID-19 pandemic, have exposed the weaknesses of our current system but have also shone a light on its strengths. The pandemic crisis presents an opportunity to address the long-term success of the health system, but to do so we need to understand what has changed, what has worked and what the opportunities are to fast-track system transformation.

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  • 03.08.20

Submission: Rural and Isolated Practice Registered Nurse

The VHA welcomes the proposed regulatory amendments and supports the aim of this consultation to continue the role of RIPRNs by creating a new category of registered nurse: an approved registered nurse. The VHA also supports the focus of the consultation on increasing the scope of nurses to meet rural health needs and mitigate current rural clinical workforce shortages.

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  • 03.08.20

Submission: Aged care financing

This submission intends to support the Royal Commission to consider the diverse needs of consumers and public sector providers as it develops and undertakes further modelling on the final recommendations on the financing of the aged care system to government.

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  • 27.07.20

Submission: Adult Mental Health Centres

The VHA broadly welcomes the proposed service models for the Adult Mental Health Centres, including a focus on reducing mental health demand on local hospital Emergency Departments, the development of a ‘no wrong door’ approach for users to access and be referred to care, as well as the recognition of the need for a holistic approach to care. These are important elements that will enable these Centres to have an impact on the current mental health landscape. However, there are missing aspects to this service model which should be added to ensure that the trial of the Centres is successful and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and users.

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  • 03.07.20

Submission: Aged Care Worker Regulation Scheme Consultation

The VHA has made a submission to the Aged Care Worker Regulation Scheme Consultation. With Victorian public aged care providers already operating in a stressed workforce environment, some proposals explored in this consultation have the potential to add further strain to the situation. The VHA supports the introduction of a screening and/or register process to increase consumer and public confidence in the aged care workforce and suggests concurrent initiatives to support the implementation of a screening and registration scheme, acknowledging this approach would place additional burden on staff and providers.

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  • 03.07.20

Submission: Long Service Benefits Portability Regulations 2020

The VHA and its members support the extension of long service leave (LSL) portability to workers who have not had access to this entitlement, such as cleaners and security workers. However, the VHA continues to oppose the inclusion of community health centres in the scheme on the basis that community health centres already provide portability and a higher rate of leave entitlements to their employees. In addition, the cost of compliance for community health centres will be greater than other sectors due to the unprecedented processing of dual LSL entitlements.

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  • 16.03.20

Submission: Response to Counsel Assisting’s recommendations on residential aged care workforce

The VHA has made a submission to the Royal Commission to support their inquiry into: ‘what the Australian government can do to strengthen the system of aged care services to ensure that the services provided are of high quality and safe and ensure that aged care services are person-centred.’ The submission to support the Counsel Assisting’s recommendations on residential aged care workforce provides a response across two key areas including mandatory minimum staffing requirements and funding for increased staff levels and reporting.

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  • 16.03.20

Submission: National Medical Workforce Strategy

The VHA represented Victorian public sector health services and community health services at a stakeholder consultation forum in Melbourne aimed at testing and refining the current set of drafted potential solutions for the National Medical Workforce Strategy. The VHA also made a written submission to the Department of Health to ensure the proposed solutions benefit and support the needs of health services and community health services across the state and do not result in any unintended consequences, particularly for regional and rural services.

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  • 17.02.20

Submission: Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission Roadmap

The VHA has made a submission on the Mission Roadmap as the Federal Government seeks to prioritise funding for critical dementia and aged care research that aims to support older Australians to maintain their health and quality of life as they age, live independently for longer and access quality care when they need.

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