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

  • 20.12.21

Stabilising the system – State Budget Briefing 2022-23

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’s proposed solutions in this briefing are centred on building on the healthcare system’s strengths as part of its pandemic response, with focus on supporting the system’s workforce, outreach to the community and connections with other services.

  • 17.11.21

Committee Inquiry: Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

On 21 October 2021 the Senate referred the Inquiry into the Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response No.2) Bill 2021 to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 16 November 2021. This submission provides a response to the Committee’s invitation to present a written submission addressing issues that may be of relevance to our members.

  • 03.11.21

Consultation response: Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy Forum Summary

The VHA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy Forum Summary to support the development of the Strategy. The Forum Summary highlights the need for further healthcare sector consultation – while some strong ideas have been identified for the Strategy, there are critical gaps, including the need for a holistic health sector approach and longer-term direction.

  • 19.10.21

Submission: Safe and Strong 2022

Building on Safe and Strong 2016: Victoria's Gender Equality Strategy, the Victorian Government is developing the next Gender Equality Strategy. This submission – developed by the VHA in consultation with the Victorian Health Organisations Gender Equality Network (VHOGEN) - provides feedback to the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing’s Office for Women on the proposed four priority areas of Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Economic Equity, and Leadership and Representation.

  • 07.09.21

Consultation response: Victorian Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy

This consultation response collates feedback from a select VHA member advisory group from Victoria’s public health services to inform a response to the consultation on the proposed Victorian Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy.

  • 05.08.21

Consultation response: Health and Human Services Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan 2022-2026

The VHA is pleased to respond to the consultation on the draft Health and Human Services Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan 2022-2026. The VHA captured sector feedback on the Plan from attendees representing hospitals, community health, emergency, dental and small rural health services. Feedback demonstrated that climate adaptation is already underway across the public health sector, and the sector is keen for additional government support to deliver climate change adaptation actions.

  • 02.08.21

Consultation response: Mental Health and Wellbeing Act

The VHA is pleased to respond to the consultation to contribute to the development of the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act. The development of the Act, as envisioned by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, is an opportunity to drive the changes required to improve mental health care in the state. While we broadly support many of the elements of the proposed Act set out in the engagement paper, the VHA does have concerns about some missing areas from the Act as it is currently articulated.

  • 12.07.21

Consultation response: Pricing framework for Australian public hospital services 2022-23

The VHA is pleased to respond to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority’s (IHPA) consultation on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2022–23 (referred to as NEP22). While we provide further insight on other issues, the VHA’s key focus is on how the effects of COVID-19, direct and indirect, will be encapsulated in the pricing for NEP22. It is vital that NEP22 accurately reflects the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cost of care, as this sets a precedent for how the pricing framework will reflect the ongoing effects of the pandemic on health services.

  • 05.05.21

Consultation response: National Preventive Health Strategy

The VHA welcomes the development of the National Preventive Health Strategy and in particular its commitment to increasing long term, sustainable investment in prevention. We do, however, recommend further work is completed to ensure that national policy aligns and supports state-based approaches to prevention. We strongly agree that preventive practice should be embedded across health systems, but the experience and expertise of health promotion practitioners should be recognised and provide guidance across the health sector relating to varying roles and types of activities.

  • 05.05.21

Consultation response: State Disability Plan 2021-2025

The VHA supports the proposed State Disability Plan 2021-2025. However, it is important that the State Disability Plan, and its proposed activity, are aligned with the wider reform environment, such as the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and building on any success from service provision during the pandemic. It is also vital that health services, some of whom are disability providers while others face the impact of shortfalls in disability care, are appropriately engaged during implementation of the relevant processes included in the new State Disability Plan, including the review of the Disability Act 2006 and any attempt to close gaps with the NDIS interface.

  • 13.04.21

Consultation response: Proposed duty of candour law

The submission for the proposed duty of candour law is based on consultation with legal advisors from VHA member services. The duty should lead to positive outcomes that do not result in an increased administrative burden on health services and their clinical staff, especially following the pressures on the Victorian health system due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 02.02.21

Submission: Victorian State Budget 2021-22

This pre-budget submission is focused on recovery and avoiding a return to the status quo and the ‘old normal’. The learnings of 2020 coupled with the prospect of a reimagined public health system offers many opportunities to create a fit-for-purpose system in a ‘COVID-normal’ and post pandemic world.

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