Minister vs Shadow Minister: The Great Debate
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The highlight of the VHA Annual Conference will be a pre-election debate between Victorian Health Minister David Davis and Shadow Health Minister Gavin Jennings. This highly anticipated debate will give conference delegates unprecedented access to both sides of parliament in the final weeks before the state election. It will be hosted by respected ABC Radio National journalist and presenter of 'The Health Report' Norman Swan.
The conference 'New Frontiers in Health Funding' is on 9-10 October at Melbourne's Hilton on the Park. 

Conference program and registrations

OECD finds variation in Australian health procedures
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A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found the management of common health conditions varies depending upon where people live. The report 'Geographic Variations in Health Care: What do we know and what can be done to improve health system performance?' compared results from 13 participating countries, including Australia.

Compared to other OECD countries, Australia was found to have a high knee replacement rate, a high rate of caesarean section, and a relatively high rate for hysterectomies. The VHA believes health services should have access to comparable information showing differences in care and service provision by region and data comparing the effects of different models of care for selected procedures, such as hip replacement. Read more

Family violence conference hosted by Ballarat CH
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Early bird registrations close on 30 September for Ballarat Community Health's 'Challenging Responses to Family Violence' conference on 12-13 November. The conference theme reflects the need for cultural and societal views about domestic and family violence to be challenged. It promotes opportunities for practitioners, organisations and funding bodies to explore best practice models for the ongoing provision of prevention and support programs for people affected by family violence.

International keynote speakers , Dr Allan Wade and Dr Steven Stosny, will also host one-day workshops on Tuesday 11 and Friday 14 November.   Read more

VHA Chief Executive takes on new role at LASA (Vic)
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VHA Chief Executive Trevor Carr has resigned to take up a new role as Chief Executive of Leading Aged Services Australia (Victoria).

Trevor has led the VHA for eight years, through a period of significant growth and change. With a focus on policy development, advocacy and representation, Trevor has built up the VHA membership to include more than 90% of Victorian public health services and all of the state's community health services.

Trevor will finish at the VHA on 17 October and commence his new role at LASA (Vic) in November.

Rethinking our health system: State election priorities
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Victorians will go to the polls on 29 November 2014 to elect the 58th Parliament of Victoria. The VHA policy booklet entitled Rethinking our health system outlines 12 policy priorities for action by the next Victorian Government.

These priorities are organised under three key themes to: provide more equitable access to healthcare; empower health services to make the best decisions for their communities; ensure health services are adquately resourced to fulfil their responsibilities.

Read Rethinking our health system

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VHA Annual Conference 2014: ‘New Frontiers in Health Funding’ 09 October 2014

This conference will explore new ways of funding health service delivery and innovation, as well as re-visiting tried and tested models. The program features many high-profile speakers, who will share their insights and provide a critical analysis of trends in healthcare funding. 

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