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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 03.02.20

Submission: Joint submission to the Productivity Commission draft report into mental health

The VHA and Mental Health Victoria have collaborated on a submission to the Productivity Commission’s draft report on Australia’s mental health system. The submission covers the breadth of the mental health system, and the other parts of the public health and social service systems that it commonly interacts with.

  • 09.12.19

Submission: Nurse practitioner prescribing arrangements

The VHA has contributed to the DHHS consultation on nurse practitioner prescribing arrangements.

  • 27.11.19

Submission: Audit of hospital and aged care food

The VHA submission highlights specific aged care issues such as the impact of dementia, appetite loss, mandatory quality indicators, the aged care quality standards, and dignity of risk/human rights, that need to be considered as part of the audit.

  • 12.11.19

Submission: Improving home care payments

The VHA has made a submission to the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) consultation on improving home care payment arrangements.

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