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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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