Most cancer surgeries performed within 30 days
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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
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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

Family violence conference hosted by Ballarat CH
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Ballarat Community Health's 'Challenging Responses to Family Violence' conference on 12-13 November will challenge cultural and societal views about domestic and family violence. The conference will provide opportunities for practitioners, organisations and funding bodies to explore best practice models for prevention and support programs for people affected by family violence.

International keynote speakers , Dr Allan Wade and Dr Steven Stosny, will also host one-day workshops on Tuesday 11 and Friday 14 November.   Read more

Minister vs Shadow Minister: The Great Debate
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The highlight of the VHA Annual Conference will be a pre-election debate between Victorian Health Minister David Davis and Shadow Health Minister Gavin Jennings. This highly anticipated debate will give conference delegates unprecedented access to both sides of parliament in the final weeks before the state election. It will be hosted by respected ABC Radio National journalist and presenter of 'The Health Report' Norman Swan.
The conference 'New Frontiers in Health Funding' is on 9-10 October at Melbourne's Hilton on the Park. 

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Rethinking our health system: State election priorities
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Victorians will go to the polls on 29 November 2014 to elect the 58th Parliament of Victoria. The VHA policy booklet entitled Rethinking our health system outlines 12 policy priorities for action by the next Victorian Government.

These priorities are organised under three key themes to: provide more equitable access to healthcare; empower health services to make the best decisions for their communities; ensure health services are adquately resourced to fulfil their responsibilities.

Read Rethinking our health system

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VHA Annual Conference 2014: ‘New Frontiers in Health Funding’ 09 October 2014

This conference will explore new ways of funding health service delivery and innovation, as well as re-visiting tried and tested models. The program features many high-profile speakers, who will share their insights and provide a critical analysis of trends in healthcare funding. 

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