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

  • 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.

  • 02.02.21

Submission: Commonwealth Pre-Budget 2021-22

This pre-budget submission builds on the submission made by the VHA on behalf of its members in August 2020. It reflects on how we can implement the learnings from recent challenges to recover and build resilience simultaneously within the Victorian health sector and the communities it serves.

  • 26.11.20

Submission: Health information sharing legislation

This submission on the proposed health information sharing legislative reform includes recommendations based on feedback received in consultation with our members.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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