Victorian election announcements from major parties
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The VHA has compiled a list of health-related election policy and funding announcements by Victoria's major political parties.

This list, which will be updated as further announcements come to hand, can be accessed via our State Election 2014 web page.

While the Coalition Government has made new funding announcements in the past fortnight, Victorian Labor has made no new specific announcements since August and the Victorian Greens have released only broad policy statements to date.

National figures on elective surgery and ED care
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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) this week released 2013-14 statistics for elective surgery waiting times and emergency department care. Elective surgery admissions in Victorian public hospitals increased by 11% from the previous year. But a relatively low proportion of category 2 Victorian public patients were seen within clinically recommended times, compared to other states and territories.

Victorian emergency department admissions increased by 2.9% from the previous year, with three-quarters of these patients being seen on time.

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The late Gough Whitlam's public health legacy
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Former Labor Prime Minister, the late Gough Whitlam, created Medibank as Australia’s first national health insurance system to provide free hospital care and subsidised medical services.

Prior to this, only Queensland and Tasmania had free hospital treatment.

Gough Whitlam also pioneered the Community Health Program in 1973 to shift the emphasis of public healthcare from treatment to prevention, to provide an alternative to general practice medicine, and to reduce the community’s dependence on hospitals.

Staffed by multidisciplinary teams, these revolutionary health centres delivered primary care in local communities, particularly where health services were scarce.

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Minister & Shadow Minister debate our health future
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Although no policy announcements were made, the Victorian Health Minister David Davis and Shadow Health Minister Gavin Jennings expressed views on the following topics at a formal debate held recently by the VHA:

  • Information technology
  • Benchmarking performance
  • Elective surgery waiting lists
  • Patient transport
  • Health service boards
  • Medicare Locals

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Health Matters October edition - out now!
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In our latest edition of Health Matters:

  • Robotic-assisted surgery is improving patient outcomes and achieving cost savings at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (pictured).
  • HIV has tested the moral courage of healthcare professionals and raised the bar for healthcare ethics and equity.
  • The Living Room pavement health service, one of only three in the world, is delivering primary care to homeless people in Melbourne's CBD.
  • Why we need more debate on death and dying. Although 70 per cent of Australians would prefer to die at home, only 14 per cent do.

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