Rethinking our health system: State election priorities

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.

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Call for nominations to VHA Board of Directors

Nominations are called for vacant positions on the VHA Board of Directors. Nominations must be received at the VHA office by 5pm on Monday 1 September 2014.

The election and AGM will take place at 9am on Friday 10 October as part of the VHA's annual conference.

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Exploring healthcare variation in Australia

The VHA has responded to a consultation paper from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) entitled 'Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia: Analyses Resulting from an OECD Study'.

The ACSQHC paper analyses the variation of certain conditions and interventions for selected Medicare Local catchments. The conditions and interventions include admissions for hip fractures and knee replacements, and hysterectomy rates for an aged and gender-adjusted population. Variation was found across all areas.

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VHA Annual Award nominations close 22 August

Our Annual Awards recognise outstanding contributions in Victorian public healthcare.

The awards profile initiatives that have challenged an accepted norm to improve the health outcomes for a population or patient cohort in the past 18 months.

The 2014 awards will be presented at the VHA annual conference on 9 October and nominations close on 22 August.

More information or nominate online

ICT a key plank in the VHA's election platform

Information and communication technology (ICT) is a crucial enabler for the health system to respond to increasing demand in an environment of fiscal constraint. Interoperability between health service information systems is a key VHA priority for the forthcoming Victorian election to:
• fast-track implementation of the electronic medical record
• adapt legacy systems to ensure they are interoperable
• expand the use of telehealth to improve access to specialised services.

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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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