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Victorian Budget 22/23

Supporting our health workers

Our health workers have borne the brunt of the pandemic, and Victorians are so proud of their dedication and sacrifice.

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We know how important it is that we support our health workers into the future.

That’s why we’re backing our healthcare workforce with training and the extra pair of helping hands they need – so they can give the very best care.

Ambulance Victoria will recruit 90 more paramedics with a $124 million investment to put more ambos on the road, while we’re unclogging emergency departments to prevent ramping.

In a huge boost to care, we're delivering 1,125 new Registered Undergraduate Nursing Positions per year over the next two years.

We will also improve training for nurses and midwives by reviewing clinical placements, and roll out nursing and midwifery pilot programs.

There’s a further $9.7 million to support an additional 75 Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery positions, and to boost our flexible maternity staffing pool.

We are also supporting more cadetships, scholarships and traineeships for Aboriginal healthcare workers, to ensure that more Aboriginal Victorians can get culturally sensitive care.

Our paramedics, nurses and doctors have given so much to our state – and it’s had a cost on their mental health.

That’s why we are expanding the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program to provide one-on-one psychological support for up to 600 additional nurses and midwives.

We’re also expanding Safer Care Victoria’s Healthcare Worker Wellbeing Centre program. This will help our health system manage staff fatigue and stress, and provide advice and training opportunities.

Our investment includes $8 million for Ambulance Victoria to deliver the recommendations of the Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s review into workplace equality.

Reviewed 29 April 2022


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