Victorian election announcements from major parties
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Two weeks before the state election, the Coalition has announced $85 million to support older Victorians' health and wellbeing.

Labor has announced $200m to build a dedicated women's and children's hospital in Sunshine, matching an earlier pledge from the Greens. Labor would also allow private midwives to provide birthing services in public hospitals, and would build the first stage of a Breast Cancer Centre at Maroondah Hospital.

Announcements from Victoria's three major parties can be dowloaded from our State Election 2014 web page.

Draft guide on quality standards for health boards
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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has released a draft guide for health service boards exercising their governance responsibilities and accountabilities in implementing the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

The ACSQHC is seeking feedback on the draft guide. The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) and the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance (ACHG) are also interested in hearing feedback, particularly from smaller and rural health service boards that may have less access to educational resources than larger metropolitan boards.

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VHA concern over PHN role and boundaries
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The VHA is concerned that the Commonwealth's proposed role and boundaries for Primary Health Networks (PHNs) may hinder, rather than facilitate, improvements in the coordination of care between health services.

The VHA believes the proposed role and boundaries may add to the care burden in the acute sector, thereby increasing the cost of providing public healthcare.

Health services will have to work with multiple PHNs and the VHA is concerned that this will also increase the administrative burden, further adding to the cost of providing care. 

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Health Capital and Resources Plan released
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The Victorian Government has released its Health Capital and Resources Plan, which describes future health policy directions without outlining specific planned investments in health capital and resources across the state.

Many policy actions described in the plan are supportive of VHA priorities, however the VHA is disappointed by the lack of detail on how these important actions will be funded and implemented.

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National figures on elective surgery and ED care
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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has 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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