VHA welcomes dismissal of Medicare copayment fee
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VHA welcomes news confirming the Abbott Government’s decision to withdraw its plans to introduce a Medicare co-payment fee.

Acting CEO Mr Tom Symondson said that primary and community healthcare is the front-line of our health system, providing health and preventative care before more costly hospital-based interventions are required

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VHA responds to Victorian public hospital audits
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The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) has released the results of the financial audits of Victoria’s public hospital sector, made up of 87 public hospitals and 23 associated entities.

The VHA has produced a member bulletin summarising the findings and publicly highlighted the challenges that health service boards and senior management face.

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IHPA National Efficient Cost Determination 2015-16
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The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) has released the National Efficient Cost Determination 2015-16. 

The National Efficient Cost (NEC) is the average cost of a block funded rural hospital. The NEC is used to calculate the Commonwealth Government's contribution of funding to small rural health services.

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Recruitment support packages for rural allied health
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Rural Allied Health Recruitment Support Packages (RSP) are available to help rural and regional health services fill recruitment gaps, and meet required levels of allied health service delivery.

Subsidies of up to $10,000 per recruited health practitioner are available for eligible services.  This program can help your rural or regional health service attract and retain the health professionals you need, while minimising your recruitment costs.

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Minister Ley must consult across the healthcare sector
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The Federal Government’s continuing narrow consultation on Medicare reforms shows that it is not learning its lessons on the unintended and negative consequences of policy driven by politics, not evidence, according to the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and the Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA).

 

The VHA and AHHA calls on the Government to include public hospitals and other health service providers in discussions to gain a holistic view of the health sector and understand how to best tackle issues. Read more

Conscious Governance:
Strategic Awareness Workshop16 March 2015

“There is only one thing worse than not having a strategic plan - and that is having one that doesn’t change,” says Steven Bowman, Managing Director of Conscious Governance.

Hosted by the ACHG and co-presented by Steven Bowman and Jodie Willmer, this insightful, productive and challenging workshop will discuss the importance of strategic awareness.

 

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