Minister & Shadow Minister debate our health future

Although no policy announcements were made, the Victorian Health Minister David Davis and Shadow Health Minister Gavin Jennings expressed views on the following topics at a formal debate held recently by the VHA:

  • Information technology
  • Benchmarking performance
  • Elective surgery waiting lists
  • Patient transport
  • Health service boards
  • Medicare Locals

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Health Matters October edition - out now!

In our latest edition of Health Matters:

  • - Robotic-assisted surgery is improving patient outcomes and achieving cost savings at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (pictured).
  • - HIV has tested the moral courage of healthcare professionals and raised the bar for healthcare ethics and equity.
  • - The Living Room pavement health service, one of only three in the world, is delivering primary care to homeless people in Melbourne's CBD.
  • - Why we need more debate on death and dying. Although 70 per cent of Australians would prefer to die at home, only 14 per cent do.

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Western Health & Rural Northwest Health winners

Victorian Health Minister David Davis presented the 2014 VHA Annual Award to Western Health for its Symptom Urgent Review Clinic (SURC), which resulted in a nine per cent drop in chemotherpay patients presenting at the emergency department.

Minister Davis also presented the 2014 VHA Members' Choice Award to Rural Northwest Health, as voted by annual conference delegates. Its community participation project involved 500 community members in implementing strategies to address local health concerns.

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Most cancer surgeries performed within 30 days

A report released today by the National Health Performance Authority has found that most Victorian hospitals complete at least 90 percent of malignant cancer surgeries within 30 days.  Hospital Performance: Cancer surgery waiting times in public hospitals in 2012-13 finds that, nationwide, most patients with malignant bowel, breast or lung cancer receive surgery within 30 days, but some patients wait longer. The NHPA findings are consistent with Victorian public hospitals' strong performance in admitting category 1 patients for elective surgery.                     Read NHPA report

Government must reinvest savings into health system

The Victorian Government has for many years realised productivity savings from public hospitals and health services. A VHA priority for the 2014 state election is the reinvestment of these savings into health service innovation and system design.

Productivity savings may be explicit, such as through the reallocation of existing resources, or implicit through funding increases either not keeping pace with rising demand or being less than the increasing unavoidable costs for providing health services, such as wages. The VHA believes that arbitrary savings targets are barriers to innovation.  Read or Download Rethinking our health system