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Victorian Budget 21/22

Investing in our healthcare system

Our healthcare system and dedicated workforce faced an unprecedented challenge in 2020.

Medical staff member in PPE

That challenge continues, with unprecedented levels of demand expected across the country.

Delivering for our paramedics

This demand is being driven by more people presenting to our emergency departments, including people who deferred their normal check-ups and are now experiencing more complex or critical conditions.

It's why this Budget will deliver more than $759 million in funding for more paramedics, more triage care and support staff for Ambulance Victoria, as well as targeted funding to improve flow of patients in our busy emergency departments.

The investment will also support the opening of new beds in health services across the state, supported by Victoria’s hardworking healthcare workforce.

Our support for Ambulance Victoria will also provide new funding for more than 200 paramedics, helping ensure our ambulance services can respond rapidly in emergencies.

It includes an extra $266 million to support the work of Ambulance Victoria, with additional triage nurses, an expansion to secondary triage services and non-emergency patient transfers.

This funding will kick-start planning for new ambulance stations at Marong and Armstrong Creek.

It will also fund a $204 million investment to bolster Ambulance Victoria’s resources through programs like Telehealth, and will deliver ongoing operational improvements across the state.

Boosting capacity in emergency departments

Our busy emergency departments will receive $89 million to boost capacity and drive improvements, and we will fund $200 million to commission the opening of hospital facilities. This will support the operation of previously-announced beds and the additional staff to support them, including our hardworking nurses, allied health professionals and doctors.

Overall, the Budget delivers $3.7 billion in funding to meet demand for hospital services, including more emergency department staff, extra highly specialised therapies, and support for new wards as they open.

Elective surgery improvement fund

This funding also meets demand for more elective surgeries, and supports a $136 million elective surgery improvement fund to reduce the elective surgery waitlist and deliver better outcomes for patients.

Community-based health services

Community-based health services will also receive a $91 million boost, including help to catch-up on treatments that Victorians have deferred during the pandemic like public dental, cancer diagnoses and screening, and maternal and child health.

Expanding the future of Victoria's healthcare workforce

We’re also expanding the future pipeline of Victoria’s healthcare workforce, delivering 200,000 additional student placement days in the public health system and supporting clinicians to supervise students.

More alcohol and other drug services

Recognising the need for more alcohol and other drug (AOD) services – particularly in regional Victoria – this Budget will deliver nearly $38 million to build and open new residential rehabilitation beds, and boost community-based treatment services.

Reviewed 16 May 2021

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