Dangerous Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passes Victorian Legislative Assembly

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) is disappointed the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Bill has been passed today by the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

"It is disheartening to see that Victorian parliamentarians in the lower house neglected to heed the safety and ethical concerns of many medical professionals and palliative care experts when voting in favour of this flawed and dangerous bill", said CHA Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Greenwood.

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Private health insurance reforms improve value and access

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) congratulates the Health Minister for continuing to pursue important reforms in the private health insurance sector.

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Aged Care Review signals a pathway for further aged care reform

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) today stated that the David Tune five year review of aged care reform signals a way forward for further reform toward a single care service system with both residential and home care places allocated direct to consumers based on assessed needs.

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Health Minister launches CHA report on the impact of private patients in public hospitals

Federal Health Minister the Hon Greg Hunt MP today at Parliament House launched Catholic Health Australia’s (CHA) newest report examining how the growth of privately insured patients in public hospitals is impacting Australia’s health system.

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Private sector steps up to train Australia’s health workforce

The Australian private hospital sector makes a substantial contribution to training Australia’s health workforce and with further investment from governments could do much more, a new CHA-APHA report shows (available to download).

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Respecting and meeting end-of-life care needs in residential aged care

Access to high quality palliative and end-of-life care in aged care facilities will enable more Australians to have a good death, aged care, palliative care and aged care consumer peak bodies said today.

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Regional end-of-life care spend welcome but Andrews Government must still deliver equitable access (Victoria)

Catholic Health Australia’s (CHA) CEO Suzanne Greenwood today welcomed Health Minister Jill Hennessy’s announcement that the government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will for the first time be expanded to include publically funded community palliative care services.

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Billion dollar Medicare investment positive for health (Federal Budget 2017/18)

Announced tonight in the 2017/18 Federal Budget, Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has welcomed the partial end to the four-year freeze on the Medicare rebate, however asserts the savings should be passed on to consumers to reduce the financial burden of accessing medical care.

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Government review of aged care quality regulatory arrangements welcomed by Catholic Health Australia

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) welcomes today’s announcement by Minister Wyatt that the government will respond to the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service review with an independent review of aged care quality regulatory arrangements.

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Voluntary Assisted Dying: Andrews Government must guarantee equitable access to all end-of-life options

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has urged the Andrews Government to release its financial modelling to demonstrate how the government will resource both end-of-life care and education to ensure all Victorians have equitable access to options other than voluntary assisted suicide (VAS) should VAS be made legal in Victoria this year.

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Older Australians to have increased choice with funds following the consumer from today

Older Australians who access home care services will – for the first time – be able to exercise greater choice and control from today with the commencement of Increasing Choice in Home Care, launched this morning by Minister Ken Wyatt.

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