Mary Wooldridge MP is the Shadow Minister for Health
Elective surgery performance data doesn't accurately reflect the amount of time a patient spends waiting for treatment. It only measures the final part of a patients' journey from when their specialist lists them for an operation to the time they actually receive it.
An elected Liberal Nationals Government will provide more than $21 million to complete the GV Health Masterplan, deliver a Residential Mother and Baby Unit and progress early works and planning of Stage 2 of the hospital redevelopment. Construction of Stage 2 will follow on from the conclusion of the current building works and the entire redevelopment will be completed within 2 terms.
Liberal Nationals Government will invest $60 million over five years in a revitalised Life. Be in it. campaign to promote positive health and wellbeing for all Victorians. Lack of physical exercise, poor nutrition and excessive weight are all significant risk factors for many chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, kidney and lung disease, cancer and stroke.
Labor's funding for palliative care demonstrates they treat this vital policy area as a political tool and not the life and death policy area it is. This is a reckless, political, short-term commitment to a sector that has been chronically underfunded by Labor.
The Liberal Nationals will fund a 24 hour medical centre for Phillip Island. The $1.8 million two-year trial will see the opening hours of the current medical centre extended to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, manned by appropriately qualified medical, nursing and support staff.
Daniel Andrews has lost control of the cost of living. A Liberal Nationals Government will cut the cost of parking at hospitals saving eligible patients and carers up to $20 a day. The costs of parking at hospitals have also increased, most significantly at Box Hill Hospital where the daily rate has increased from $23 in 2016/17 to $40 presently.
The Liberal Nationals will improve education and awareness of rare diseases so Victorians can receive an earlier diagnosis with quicker and more effective treatment, getting back in control of their health and getting back on the road to recovery faster.
A Liberal Nationals Government will commit to the 2030 95-95-95 UNAIDS target by 2025, while investing $3.6m in rapid HIV testing. Hitting the 2030 UNAIDS target 5 years early will improve treatment and the quality of life for people with HIV, help reduce stigma and contribute to the international goal to eliminate the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
A Liberal Nationals Government will invest $1.5 million to fund a world first Oral Immunotherapy Allergy Trials Program at Melbourne University if elected in November. Victoria has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the world, with 50,000 children suffering from a food allergy and at risk of anaphylaxis.
A Liberal Nationals Government will ease the cost of accessing specialist healthcare for tens of thousands of people living in rural and regional Victoria with significant increases in the reimbursement rates for the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS).