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.

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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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Competitive elective surgery initiative: KPMG report

A KPMG evaluation has found the Competitive Elective Surgery Funding Initiative has been well-received by Victorian health services, and has resulted in an average discount of 5.3 per cent of the full WIES rate for elective surgical procedures performed under the initiative.

However, the VHA is concerned that some public hospitals have been short-changed by the initiative and will be impacted financially if it is expanded. The VHA view is that public hospital funding should be adjusted to reflect the increasing proportion of complex patients presenting for some surgical procedures as a result of the initiative.    Read more

Understanding and reducing healthcare variation

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has produced a discussion paper called Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia: Analyses Resulting from an OECD Study.

This 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. The VHA is working with members to make this issue a Victorian election priority, and is seeking member feedback for a submission to the ACSQHC.   Read more

VHA analysis of Plan Melbourne

Future health precincts will be sited within National Employment Clusters, which are described in the newly-released metropolitan planning strategy Plan Melbourne.

The VHA provided several submissions to the consultation process many of our key recommendations were adopted. We supports the creation of planned health precincts, providing they incorporate not-for-profit, community and public health services.

We also support the development of '20-minute communities' which emphasise public and active transport, open green spaces and access to community facilities.

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Midyear Conference: Rethinking Healthcare07 August 2014

This conference is a valuable opportunity for organisations in Victoria’s health sector to come together and understand how the environment is changing, and the way the Victorian health sector may respond to this change.   

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