Ambulance waiting times getting longer

Original article by Julia Medew, Craig Butt
The Age – Page: 2 : 10-Dec-14

A court bid under Freedom of Information laws has resulted in the paramedics’ union gaining access to statistics kept by Ambulance Victoria. The data show that ambulance response times have deteriorated, with 86,739 patients in a serious condition having to wait more than a quarter of an hour in 2013. This was equivalent to some 28% of all such cases, and an increase from the 19% recorded in the 2010 study by the Victorian Auditor-General. The newly-elected State Government has vowed to lift spending on the ambulance service by $A100m

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AMBULANCE VICTORIA FIRST AID, AMBULANCE EMPLOYEES AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA. DEPT OF HEALTH, VICTORIA. AUDITOR-GENERAL’S OFFICE, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Workload warning after trainee deaths

Original article by Julia Medew
The Age – Page: 6 : 4-Feb-15

David Castle, who chairs the Victorian branch of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, says the body has for some time voiced fears about the job stress created for members by new rules in the Mental Health Act. The comments follow reports that three trainee psychiatrists at the state’s hospitals died unexpectedly in late 2014 and early 2015, as well as an intern at Geelong Hospital. New Victorian Mental Health Minister Martin Foley has refused to declare whether there will be an investigation into the deaths

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THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS, VICTORIA. DEPT OF HEALTH, THE GEELONG HOSPITAL, AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (VICTORIA) LIMITED

Labor to restore free whooping cough vaccine

Original article by Josh Gordon
The Age – Page: 8 : 19-Jan-15

The newly elected Victorian Government will honour an election promise and revive a free whooping cough vaccination program cancelled in 2012. Premier Daniel Andrews notes that there has been a rise in the number of reported cases from 2,926 in 2013 to 4,615 in 2014. Pregnant women can access the vaccine from the third trimester, and it will also be given to infants less than half a year old. The cost of $A8.4m until 2018 will be compensated for by the Australian Labor Party’s abolition of the Building Code and of the Construction Code Compliance Unit

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VICTORIA. DEPT OF PREMIER AND CABINET,{SPAC}VICTORIA. DEPT OF HEALTH,{SPAC}VICTORIA. DEPT OF TREASURY AND FINANCE. CONSTRUCTION CODE COMPLIANCE UNIT,{SPAC}AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Ambulance waiting times getting longer

Original article by Julia Medew, Craig Butt
The Age – Page: 2 : 10-Dec-14

A court bid under Freedom of Information laws has resulted in the paramedics’ union gaining access to statistics kept by Ambulance Victoria. The data show that ambulance response times have deteriorated, with 86,739 patients in a serious condition having to wait more than a quarter of an hour in 2013. This was equivalent to some 28% of all such cases, and an increase from the 19% recorded in the 2010 study by the Victorian Auditor-General. The newly-elected State Government has vowed to lift spending on the ambulance service by $A100m

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AMBULANCE VICTORIA FIRST AID, AMBULANCE EMPLOYEES AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA. DEPT OF HEALTH, VICTORIA. AUDITOR-GENERAL’S OFFICE, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Conflicting vows worry hospitals

Original article by Julia Medew, Kate Hagan
The Age – Page: 9 : 27-Nov-14

New spending of similar magnitude has been pledged by both major parties on hospitals, in the final week of the campaign for the Victorian state election on 29 November 2014. However, there are also significant differences, with the Government favouring the Monash Children’s hospital and the Northern Hospital in Epping, while the Australian Labor Party has a focus on Orygen Youth Health in Parkville and a women’s and children’s hospital in Sunshine. Even the details for the proposed heart hospital in Clayton promised by both sides differ

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, ORYGEN YOUTH HEALTH, MONASH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, MONASH MEDICAL CENTRE, MONASH UNIVERSITY, NORTHERN HOSPITAL

Doctors criticise parties for vague poll bed promises

Original article by Kate Hagan
The Age – Page: 5 : 26-Nov-14

Tony Bartone, president in Victoria of the Australian Medical Association, has said neither major political party is convincing on health in the campaigns for the 29 November 2014 state election. He criticised the Government’s failure to issue details on where a supposed 800 new hospital beds have been allocated. Meanwhile the pledge to invest $A200m in under-utilised hospitals by the Australian Labor Party was also not addressing the longer-term issue of an ageing population. The Coalition has vowed to open a further 800 beds if re-elected

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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (VICTORIA) LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, ANGLISS HOSPITAL, CASEY HOSPITAL, MONASH MEDICAL CENTRE, NORTHERN HOSPITAL, BALLARAT HEALTH SERVICES

Labor pledges $60m for new medi-tech hub

Original article by Kate Hagan
The Age – Page: 4 : 3-Nov-14

Campaigning for the state election to be held on 29 November 2014, Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has pledged that the Australian Labor Party would contribute $A60m to the cost of $A180m for a new biomedical engineering centre at St Vincent’s Hospital. The State Government has not specifically matched the promise. Peter Choong, director of orthopaedics at St Vincent’s Hospital, says the proposed Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery will allow for experts to co-operate across disciplines including engineering, medicine and biological sciences

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, VICTORIA. DEPT OF HEALTH, ST VINCENT’S HOSPITAL (MELBOURNE) LIMITED, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG, SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, VICTORIAN COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTRE LIMITED, OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN CANCER AND WELLNESS CENTRE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Labor will pursue cannabis reform

Original article by Henrietta Cook, Anna Whitelaw
The Age – Page: 3 : 25-Aug-14

Victorian Opposition leader Daniel Andrews has announced that the Australian Labor Party’s platform for the November 2014 state election will contain a pledge to reform current legislation that bans the use of cannabis for medical purposes. If elected, Labor will ask the Victorian Law Reform Commission for proposals on how to decriminalise the use of the drug in the area of pain relief. Tony Bartone, the Australian Medical Association’s state branch president, backs the push

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (VICTORIA) LIMITED, VICTORIAN LAW REFORM COMMISSION