Today marks 100 days until the Victoria State election.

Community health services have a unique understanding of the people we serve, informing our ability to develop localised responses to social and health issues. We deliver primary health, human services and community-based support to meet local community need.

In the lead up to the Victorian election, we are working with the Victorian Healthcare Association to call on the next government to better leverage and support community health services to meet the needs of our clients and communities. The campaign is called Stand with Community Health and it’s being launched today.

To support the campaign I’m asking community members to do three simple things:
1.If you have a twitter account, please tweet your support with a message about why you support community health and use the hashtag #standwithcommunityhealth and @BanyuleCHS
2.Head to the campaign website at www.standwithcommunityhealth.org.au and pledge to show your support.
3.Share the campaign with your friends and family.

To say you stand with community health is to stand for a stronger health system. This campaign is calling on the next Victorian government to:
• Leverage Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution funding to establish new community health centres. These centres would be run by existing community health services and be registered under the Health Services Act.
• Allocate 29 registered community health services preferred supplier status from the Victorian Government for provision of services to vulnerable communities.
• Establish an annual $60 million dedicated community health service capital fund to ensure existing facilities can adequately support growth and continue to provide a service offering that meets the needs of the community in fit-for-purpose facilities.
• Deliver additional funding to enable community health services to keep pace with demand brought about by population growth and to provide a stronger health safety net for vulnerable Victorians, to help keep them healthy and out of public hospital emergency departments.
• Invest $4 million to fund six pilot hospital diversion projects including supporting partnerships between hospitals and community health services that see people presenting to hospital appropriately triaged to a community health setting, ensuring people receive the right care in the right place, alleviating demand on the public hospital system and ensuring community health services are adequately equipped to support these clients.
• Increase public dental funding to reduce wait time and ensure more people receive dental care in a timely manner, reducing the potential impacts on other areas of their health.

There are number of materials that will be displayed to provide them with more information about the campaign. Take a minute to look at the website www.standwithcommunityhealth.org.au and get on board.


Mick Geary
Chief Executive Officer