Government transfers co-payment fee to doctors
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The Federal Government has abandoned plans for a $7 GP co-payment, conceding the unpopular budget measure would not pass in the Senate. Instead, the government will invite doctors to charge a $5 discretionary fee for consultations with non-concessional patients.

The VHA is pleased that the most vulnerable people will be exempt from any co-payment. However, a discretionary fee from GPs will potentially push more people into hospital emergency departments for general medical care.

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VHA congratulates Victoria's new ministers
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The VHA has written to congratulate Victoria's new Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Minister for Mental Health, Ageing and Disability Martin Foley.

Ms Hennessy (right) was elected Member for Altona at a 2010 by-election then re-elected at the 2010 Victorian election. Her health portflio will include ambulance services. She was previously Shadow Minister for Public Transport and Shadow Minister for Anti-Corruption, Corrections, Crime Prevention and Women.

Mr Foley was elected Member for Albert Park in September 2007. He has ministerial responsibility for mental health, ageing and disability. He was previously Shadow Minister for Water, Shadow Minister for Arts, and Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs.

The VHA looks forward to working closely with both new ministers in the coming weeks and months on improving our health system and health outcomes for all Victorians.

Federal Government moves to abolish ACNC
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The Federal Government reintroduced legislation to the House of Representatives on Wednesday 3 December to abolish the national charity regulator.

Claiming that the removal of the ACNC will significantly reduce red tape and the administrataive burden on charities, the government plans to return regulatory functions to the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, and establish a National Centre for Excellence to support the community sector.

VHA keen to engage with new Labor Government
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The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) has congratulated Premier-elect Daniel Andrews and the Victorian Labor Party for their election victory on Saturday 29 November.

The VHA looks forward to engaging with the new government to ensure the Victorian health system is well-placed to meet rapidly increasing demand for services.

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Guidelines and applications to operate PHNs released
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The Federal Minister for Health, Hon Peter Dutton, has released an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and Programme Guidelines for the selection of Primary Health Network (PHN) operators. Applications will close at 2pm on Wednesday 27 January 2015.

The department will also hold a briefing for organisations wanting to apply to become a PHN this Wednesday 10 December 10am–12pm at Cliftons Melbourne, Level 1, 440 Collins Street. To attend please RSVP to phn@health.gov.au

The briefing will be made available on the department’s website - please visit the tenders and grants page to apply to operate a PHN.

Community Health CEO Meetings for 201527 February 2015

All meetings will take place at the VHA’s offices. These meetings are specifically targeted at CEOs of registered community health services.

 

27 February 10am–2pm

22 May 10am–2pm

28 August 10am–2pm

27 November 10am–2pm

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