Mary Wooldridge MP is the Shadow Minister for Health
The Liberal Nationals will build a new and improved Ballarat Base Hospital by investing $461 million for expanded surgical theatres, the emergency department, mental health facilities and a women and children's hub. We will also immediately expand the chronic pain management clinic and the mother and baby unit.
A Liberal Nationals Government will invest $40 million in pain services across the State. Over a million Victorians live with chronic pain, reducing workforce participation, community participation and overall quality of life. It impacts not only their lives, but their families and loved ones as well.
A Liberal Nationals Government will ensure pregnant women living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes have access to a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) while they are pregnant, reducing complications and improving outcomes for the mother and baby during this critical time. CGM alerts users to rising or falling blood glucose levels allowing them to take action to reduce fluctuations.
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.