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Labor invests in health for families in Ivanhoe

The Andrews Labor Government is putting the health of Victorian
families first, investing an extra $1.38 billion in our hospitals, ambulances
and health programs.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget provides hospitals across
Victoria with additional funding to help reduce waiting times in emergency
departments and elective surgery lists.

The increased funding will enable hospitals to admit an
extra 60,000 patients and treat an extra 40,000 patients in emergency
departments each year.

The Government knows the Austin Health is under immense
pressure after four years of neglect under the former Liberal Government.

This Budget clearly demonstrates the Labor Government’s
commitments to ensuring families in Ivanhoe can access quality health care in a
timely way.

The Government has invested $200 million to increase
Victoria’s hospital capacity over the next four years, in line with findings of
the review undertaken by respected surgeon and former AMA Victoria President Dr
Doug Travis.

The $200 million Hospital Beds Rescue Fund will see new beds
and points of care opened across the state – including 6 beds at the Austin
Hospital – which will mean more local families can receive the care they need.

These new beds to expand elective surgery at the Austin Hospital
will enable and additional 750 patients to be treated each year.

The Government is also investing in new and upgraded hospital
buildings and equipment, with a $560 million capital and infrastructure program
over the next four years.

The Labor Government wants to ensure Victorians, no matter
where they live, are able to access the health services they need closer to
home. 

An extra $99 million is also being provided to help address
the ambulance crisis left behind by the Liberals. 

This increased funding for Ambulance Victoria will deliver more ambulance services, upgrade ambulance branches and provide new and replacement vehicles and equipment. It will also deliver increased support services for Victoria’s hardworking paramedics.

The Ambulance Performance and Policy Consultative Committee is undertaking public consultation on its interim report and will provide final recommendations to the Government by the end of the year about how to improve ambulance response times, reduce ramping and better manage paramedic workload and fatigue.

Families in Ivanhoe, particularly those with young children will benefit from the Government’s reinstruction of the Parents’ Whooping Cough
Vaccination Program, which will commence from 1 June this year. This program
was axed by the previous Liberal Government in 2012.

The Government has invested $8.4 million to provide this
vaccine for all pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation and their partners and
all parents and guardians of newborn babies less than six months of age.

Victorians will so be able to access 24-hour health support
though new Super Pharmacies.  The $28.7
million program will provide for 15 metropolitan pharmacies and five in
regional areas to stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This will provide Victorians with an alternative to going to
an emergency department for minor health problems and will reduce pressure on
our hospitals.

Local families and children will also benefit from the
Government’s $15 million SunSmart education campaign to highlight the dangers
of sun exposure and increase shading in public areas, particularly schools, playgrounds,
beaches and parks.

The Government is also investing in medical research and
cutting-edge treatments to help better diagnose and treat disease and increase
clinical trials.

World-class medical research institutes, teaching hospitals
and universities in Victoria will work together to develop a state-wide genomic
sequencing capability thanks to a $25 million investing in genomics testing.

This will help health professionals to more quickly diagnose
and treat a range of rare medical conditions and illnesses such as inherited
neuropathies, epilepsy, leukaemia, cancers and childhood disease.

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines MP

”We are investing in
our hospitals and our ambulances service to reduce emergency department waiting
times and improve ambulance response times.”

“Labor always invests
in health and, from upgrading our hospitals, to better supporting our ambulance
services, building sunshades and opening new beds, we are doing everything we
can to fix our health system.”