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The Coalition Government is determined to rebuild Victoria’s health system after 11 years of mismanagement by Labor.
One of the key tasks of a government is to plan for the future. The Coalition Government will deliver a statewide health plan – the Health Services Plan 2022 – by the middle of this year. It will incorporate a new metropolitan health plan, a comprehensive rural and regional plan and a new capital works program.
This plan is being developed in extensive consultation with community and healthcare bodies, representatives and practitioners.
The Government is also progressing the establishment of the independent Health Innovation and Reform Council which will inform and advise the Government on areas including data integrity, hospital service quality and safety, hospital access, and clinical and hospital administration best practice.
The Coalition Government will deliver reliable, well managed health care for Victorians, focusing on patient care, cutting waiting lists, improving hospital bed capacity, improving ambulance response times and getting a better health deal from Canberra.
We will continue to work in close co-operation and collaboration with peak bodies, clinicians and the Victorian community as we implement our policy agenda.
We will meet the challenges ahead, fix the problems in the health system, plan for the needs of our growing population, and deliver world-class healthcare Victorians can rely on.
Achievements and policies implemented
- Provided a record $13 billion in health funding, including new programs to improve health service delivery
- Included $448 million in the 2011–12 Victorian Budget to initiate the Victorian Coalition Government's commitment to provide 800 new hospital beds and a $565 million boost to the hospital system, especially for elective and emergency departments
- Protected the Victorian health system by renegotiating the COAG health deal from the Gillard Government, including more funding, no clawback of Victoria's GST and specific arrangements to protect Victoria's rural hospitals and HACC services
- Released Victorian Health Priorities Framework 2012–22: Metropolitan Health Plan
- Strengthened palliative care services with a $34 million funding boost
- Released Strengthening Palliative Care Plan outlining the future direction for Palliative Care Services
- Started work on Ballarat's Regional Integrated Cancer Centre
- Committed to reopen or rebuild Charlton's flooded hospital and established a field hospital to meet the immediate needs of the community
- Funded Labor's black holes for services and major capital works, including an IT system for the Royal Children Hospital ($24.9 million) and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre ($45 million)
- Announced over $2.5 billion of new health and hospital capital initiatives as part of the 2011–12 Victorian Budget
- Opened new Royal Children's Hospital
- Funded new and improved health services at Western, Sunshine Day Hospital, Sunbury and Frankston
- Allocated $259 million to upgrade regional health services across Victoria
- Called for Expressions of Interest to build new $630 million Bendigo Hospital
- Strengthened and enhanced the Ambulance Victoria board
- Halved ambulance membership to $75 for families and $37.50 for singles with 72,000 people benefiting within the first month
- Opened new MICA single responder units in Shepparton, Mildura, Warrnambool and Wonthaggi
- Became the first ambulance service in the world in which helicopter paramedics carry their own supply of blood to administer to patients
- Launched new health performance website with regularly-updated information to help inform patients of health choices
- Commenced a senior card reciprocal arrangement with New Zealand
- Launched iPad application for Better Health Channel
- Implemented patient treatment coordinators, outpatient nurse coordinators and diabetes specialist nurses program to provide support to patients and improve health outcomes