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October 29, 2015

Victoria’s public hospitals get $980m funding in 2015-16 state budget

The government of Victoria in Australia has provided an additional funding of A$1.38bn ($980m) in the 2015-16 State Budget for public hospitals in the region.

The government of Victoria in Australia has provided an additional funding of A$1.38bn ($980m) in the 2015-16 State Budget for public hospitals in the region.

The funding will support hospitals in Victoria to meet the increasing demands of a growing and ageing population, expand and improve services and care, as well as reduce waiting times.

All 78 statements of priorities with Victoria’s hospitals for 2015-16 were published by the government and they outline key priorities and agreed performance targets.

The government has also published the statements of priorities with Dental Health Services Victoria and Ambulance Victoria.

These statements of priorities also include a new measure to hold hospitals and health services more accountable for workplace culture, requiring them to have strategies in place to prevent bullying and harassment.

Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services has also published the Victorian Health Services Performance Report for the three months to the end of September, which showed that 428,889 Victorians were admitted to hospital in the September quarter, an increase from 410,629 for the same period the previous year.

The report showed that as there were 42,981 patients on the elective surgery waiting list at the end of September, the amount of time Victorians are waiting for surgery has reduced; patients are undergoing operations sooner, and the most complex cases are being managed first.

According to the report, all Category 1 urgent patients received their operations within 30 days, 77% of Category 2 semi-urgent patients received their operations within 90 days while 94% of Category 3 patients received their surgery within a year.

In order to reduce elective surgery waiting lists, the government has invested A$60m ($42m) in an elective surgery blitz this year.

The statements of priorities also include a new performance measure for hospitals to treat their longest-waiting, most complex patients before the end of the financial year.

In the three months to the end of September, 415,937 Victorians were presented to emergency departments across the state, which is an increase from 399,984 for the same period prior year.

To improve accuracy and consistency of how emergency department waiting times are reported across the state, changes have been made in the September report.

In the September quarter, there were 65,787 new specialist clinic consultations, and 236,093 follow-up appointments, according to the Specialist Clinics Activity and Wait Time Report published by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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