Health

$100 Million for the Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment:

A Matthew Guy led government will deliver $100 million in funding for the Warrnambool Base Hospital Stage Two Redevelopment.

The second stage of the project includes the redevelopment of the hospital’s emergency department and operating theatres and the expansion of its day surgery facilities. More patients are presenting to the emergency department than ever before and that number will continue to grow as the region’s population expands. This is a vital project not only for Warrnambool, but the entire south-west region and it will be delivered by a Liberal National Government.

Record funding boost for palliative care:

During my nursing career, I saw firsthand the brilliant work of palliative care. That’s why I’m so proud to announce that a Liberal Nationals Government will provide an additional $140 million to deliver world class community palliative care in Victoria.

This will be the largest investment of its kind in Australia.

Research indicates that around 70% of Victorians want to live their final days at home surrounded by family, friends and memories.  Research also shows that barely a third of Victorians get to realise this final wish due to inadequate funding for community based palliative care services.

Our record investment will address this issue – and ease some of the heartache.

It will afford terminally ill Victorians the right to die in their own home, surrounded by those they love.

It will help an additional 8,000 Victorians by significantly expanding community palliative care services, including in-home respite, overnight care, specialist advice, access to after-hours GPs and pharmacists, and carer support.

With an ageing population and increasing rates of complex chronic illness, demand for palliative care will continue to grow. Only a Liberal Nationals Government will make the necessary investment to deliver timely and comprehensive community palliative care for those who want it.

This commitment will see:

  • A doubling of specialist palliative care medical and nursing services to community palliative care clients, especially in rural and regional Victoria.
  • A 50% funding increase in community palliative care provided in the home and including overnight care, in home respite and carer support and enhanced linkages to after-hours support such as GPs and pharmacists.
  • Significant education and workforce development to recruit and train skilled palliative care workers to deliver expanded services, enhance health professionals capacity to have end-of-life conversations and support volunteers.
  • A community awareness and engagement campaign to assist Victorians to understand the availability and benefits of palliative care including underrepresented groups such as rural and regional Victorians, children, non-cancer related illnesses, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Indigenous Victorians.
  • Establishment of an End-of-Life Ministerial Council, with representation from palliative care and broader health sectors as well as patients and carers, to ensure palliative care is integrated with broader health services and flexibly and effectively meeting the needs of terminally ill Victorians and their families.
  • A Liberal Nationals Government will ensure Victorians who are dying have a genuine choice to spend their final days at home and will also support their families and carers throughout this time.

(This information is based on 2016/17 funding for Community Palliative Care Services and Consultancy Services)

Free flu vaccinations for Victorian children:

If elected, a Liberal Nationals Government will provide up to $7 million over four years for free voluntary flu vaccinations for all Victorian children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old.

Currently, many parents do not have their children vaccinated against the flu due to associated costs. Funding the vaccine for young children will provide a strong incentive and clear message that the safety and wellbeing of their children is paramount. It will also protect the lives of vulnerable people.