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The Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2014 (Health) provides an overview of public hospital, primary and community health, and mental health services in Australia.
The VHA has published a bulletin which describes reported variances in Victorian health sector costs, activity, funding and performance, as compared to the national average. Ambulance, aged care, and community services are reported separately and are not included in this bulletin.
Total (recurrent and capital) expenditure on healthcare in Australia was estimated to be $140.2 billion or 9.5 per cent of GDP in 2011-12 (up from 7.8 per cent of GDP in 2002-03). Total health expenditure per person in Victoria was $6,099 - slightly less than the national average of $6,230 per person.
The number of available beds per 1,000 people in Victoria was 2.4 in 2011-12, compared to 2.6 across Australia. This number has been consistent over recent years, but other considerations should be taken into account when interpreting this data.
Community Health Australia (CHA) is a new entity of the VHA and a founding member of the International Federation of Community Health Centres (IFCHC). Our partners include the National Association for Community Health Centres (USA), the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres, and the European Forum for Primary Care. The IFCHC promotes:
- advocacy at national, state and local levels
- adoption of the community health model of care
- alignment of this model with the World Health Organisation’s vision for primary care
- a research and evidence base that underscores the value of community health.
The VHA’s 2014-15 Victorian State Budget Submission has been provided to the Minister for Health and to State Treasury. The submission was informed by VHA members’ insights into the most critical issues facing healthcare organisations and their provision of services.
The submission contains five policy priority areas - service planning, system design, capital planning,
recurrent funding and eHealth - and more than 30 recommendations for government action on policy change and system reform.
The VHA has made a submission to Plan Melbourne - Victoria's metropolitan planning strategy to 2050.
The VHA supports the co-location of services into planned health and education precincts. We are hopeful that the Victorian Government will ensure not-for-profit, community and public health sectors are represented in these planned precincts.
The VHA also supports the development of '20-minute communities' which emphasise public and active transport, open green spaces and access to community facilities.
The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) has released the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2014-15. This document provides the key principles, scope and approach to be adopted by IHPA in pricing public hospital services from 1 July 2014.
The VHA sent a submission to IHPA on behalf of our members in July this year. The 2014-15 Pricing Framework supports many of the views in our submission, which is referenced in the IHPA document.
IHPA will release a discussion paper on options for incorporating safety and quality into public hospital pricing in early 2014.
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- 2014-15 Commonwealth Budget Submission05 Feb 2014
- Productivity Commission Report on Health31 Jan 2014
- Victorian State Budget Submission 2014-1524 Dec 2013
- Public Infrastructure Inquiry23 Dec 2013
- Plan Melbourne06 Dec 2013
- Training and Development Grant04 Dec 2013
- Government Withdraws Changes to Education Deductions and FBT on Cars12 Nov 2013
- Clinical Mental Health Service Catchment Consultation01 Nov 2013