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Saving Lives: Getting SafeScript Done In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government has taken another step in setting up Australia’s first large-scale prescription monitoring system, with the appointment of an IT specialist to build Victoria’s cutting-edge SafeScript system. With intimate knowledge of the Australian medical and pharmacy sector, and a proven track record of innovation in eHealth, Fred IT Group has been selected to develop a system to meet the needs of Victorians. Real-time prescription monitoring will play a key role in reducing the growing harms from prescription medicine misuse, following the passage of legislation through Parliament last month. Once it’s rolled out next year, SafeScript will give doctors, nurse practitioners and pharmacists access to up-to-the-minute information on the prescription histories of their patients, enable safer clinical decisions and reduce the harms from prescription medicine misuse. SafeScript will be built using advanced technology. The system will be designed to be as quick and easy for clinicians to use as possible, with patient care the key focus. It will leverage electronic Prescription Exchange Services to obtain prescription data for the system. This currently supports the electronic transfer of prescriptions between doctors and pharmacists when medication is dispensed to patients. The Labor Government has invested $29.5 million to implement SafeScript, including comprehensive training and support for health practitioners across Victoria. SafeScript will monitor all Schedule 8 medicines such as morphine and oxycodone – which carry the highest risk of misuse – and other high-risk medicines, including all benzodiazepines such as diazepam. Last year, 372 Victorians died from an overdose of prescription medicines. More people in Victoria have lost their lives from the misuse of prescription medicines than the road toll for five years in a row. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Too many Victorians have died from the misuse of prescription medicines. This is an avoidable tragedy and that’s why we’re getting SafeScript done to fix it.” “We are partnering with Fred IT Group so we can get the best technology for Victorians. SafeScript will save lives.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “We have taken action so vulnerable Victorians can get the support and treatment they need to beat their addiction.” “The system will be designed around clinicians to make sure it is used effectively in clinical practice to contribute to safer patient care – this is our key priority.”

Saving Lives: Getting SafeScript Done In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government has taken another step in setting up Australia’s first large-scale prescription monitoring system, with the appointment of an IT specialist to build Victoria’s cutting-edge SafeScript system. With intimate knowledge of the Australian medical and pharmacy sector, and a proven track record of innovation in eHealth, Fred IT Group has been selected to develop a system to meet the needs of Victorians. Real-time prescription monitoring will play a key role in reducing the growing harms from prescription medicine misuse, following the passage of legislation through Parliament last month. Once it’s rolled out next year, SafeScript will give doctors, nurse practitioners and pharmacists access to up-to-the-minute information on the prescription histories of their patients, enable safer clinical decisions and reduce the harms from prescription medicine misuse. SafeScript will be built using advanced technology. The system will be designed to be as quick and easy for clinicians to use as possible, with patient care the key focus. It will leverage electronic Prescription Exchange Services to obtain prescription data for the system. This currently supports the electronic transfer of prescriptions between doctors and pharmacists when medication is dispensed to patients. The Labor Government has invested $29.5 million to implement SafeScript, including comprehensive training and support for health practitioners across Victoria. SafeScript will monitor all Schedule 8 medicines such as morphine and oxycodone – which carry the highest risk of misuse – and other high-risk medicines, including all benzodiazepines such as diazepam. Last year, 372 Victorians died from an overdose of prescription medicines. More people in Victoria have lost their lives from the misuse of prescription medicines than the road toll for five years in a row. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Too many Victorians have died from the misuse of prescription medicines. This is an avoidable tragedy and that’s why we’re getting SafeScript done to fix it.” “We are partnering with Fred IT Group so we can get the best technology for Victorians. SafeScript will save lives.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “We have taken action so vulnerable Victorians can get the support and treatment they need to beat their addiction.” “The system will be designed around clinicians to make sure it is used effectively in clinical practice to contribute to safer patient care – this is our key priority.”

Victoria Goes Orange For A Future Free Of Violence

The third annual Victoria Against Violence campaign begins today, challenging the attitudes and behaviours that lead to family violence and violence against women. Acting Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence Jill Hennessy will mark the start of the campaign by joining Rosie Batty and other community leaders for the 9th annual Walk Against Family Violence. Following the Walk, the campaign will officially launch with an exhibition of artist Alisa Tanaka-King’s The Bird Girls project, dedicated to women whose lives were taken by family violence. The Arts Centre will tonight light its spire up in the colour orange. A number of other landmarks will also go orange throughout the 16 days, including the Melbourne Star, Bolte Bridge, AAMI Park and Trades Hall. The Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit and Bushrangers cricket teams are encouraging Victorians to go orange, while Metro Trains will show their support with their ’16 Stations for 16 Days’ initiative that will see 16 stations throughout Victoria go orange. To be part of the Victoria Against Violence campaign at work, in the community or at home, the public can wear or display orange and use the #GoOrange and #PutYourHandUp hashtags on social media. The Victoria Against Violence campaign is a key part of the UN’s orange themed UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign from today 25 November to 10 December, International Human Rights Day. To find out more visit vic.gov.au/women/family-violence-prevention Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Jill Hennessy “Preventing family violence is everybody’s business. I encourage all Victorians to join with their local community to put your hand up and go orange to support a Victoria free from violence.” “Victoria Against Violence is an opportunity for all of us think about and challenge those attitudes and behaviours that drive violence.” “We all have a role to play in this and that’s why I’m asking all Victorians to come together and say that violence against women won’t be tolerated.”

Victoria Goes Orange For A Future Free Of Violence

The third annual Victoria Against Violence campaign begins today, challenging the attitudes and behaviours that lead to family violence and violence against women. Acting Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence Jill Hennessy will mark the start of the campaign by joining Rosie Batty and other community leaders for the 9th annual Walk Against Family Violence. Following the Walk, the campaign will officially launch with an exhibition of artist Alisa Tanaka-King’s The Bird Girls project, dedicated to women whose lives were taken by family violence. The Arts Centre will tonight light its spire up in the colour orange. A number of other landmarks will also go orange throughout the 16 days, including the Melbourne Star, Bolte Bridge, AAMI Park and Trades Hall. The Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit and Bushrangers cricket teams are encouraging Victorians to go orange, while Metro Trains will show their support with their ’16 Stations for 16 Days’ initiative that will see 16 stations throughout Victoria go orange. To be part of the Victoria Against Violence campaign at work, in the community or at home, the public can wear or display orange and use the #GoOrange and #PutYourHandUp hashtags on social media. The Victoria Against Violence campaign is a key part of the UN’s orange themed UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign from today 25 November to 10 December, International Human Rights Day. To find out more visit vic.gov.au/women/family-violence-prevention Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Jill Hennessy “Preventing family violence is everybody’s business. I encourage all Victorians to join with their local community to put your hand up and go orange to support a Victoria free from violence.” “Victoria Against Violence is an opportunity for all of us think about and challenge those attitudes and behaviours that drive violence.” “We all have a role to play in this and that’s why I’m asking all Victorians to come together and say that violence against women won’t be tolerated.”

VICTORIA’S ECONOMY LEADING THE NATION

Victoria’s economy leads the nation with gross state product for 2016-17 growing 3.3 per cent in real terms, the highest growth of all Australian states. Victoria’s State Final Demand was the strongest in the nation at 3.9 per cent – a direct reflection of the power of Victoria’s booming economy, aided by the strong financial management and infrastructure pipeline of the Andrews Labor Government. The above-trend growth in Victoria was broad based and driven by positive contributions from consumption, public demand, exports, and business and dwelling investment. The result of 3.3 per cent for the year is higher than at any point during the previous term of the Liberal and National Government. Victoria’s nominal Gross State Product is now valued at $407 billion, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Victoria’s optimistic consumers were the main contributors to this growth, with household consumption again the strongest in Australia at nearly 3 per cent. Pleasingly, Victoria’s export industries were also at the forefront of the State’s economic growth with total exports growing 7.8 per cent in 2016-17, the highest of all the states. Victoria’s international services exports rose 11.1 per cent to a record high of $20.9 billion in 2016-17. A key component of the strength of the Victorian economy has been the Labor Government’s record $9.1 billion infrastructure investment, which means better schools, hospitals, roads and public transport that Victorians need. There was good news also this week for Victorian job seekers, with yesterday’s ABS Labour Force data showing Victoria’s unemployment rate fell to 5.7 per cent. More than 70,000 jobs have been created since October 2016 and more than 266,000 since the Labor Government was elected in November 2014. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “This data once again shows the strength of Victoria’s economy, and reinforces the direction we’ve steered our economy across three successive budgets – with a focus on the infrastructure and services Victorians need.” “Victorians have every right to be optimistic in our great state, as we work tirelessly grow Victoria’s economy jobs and opportunities.”

VICTORIA’S ECONOMY LEADING THE NATION

Victoria’s economy leads the nation with gross state product for 2016-17 growing 3.3 per cent in real terms, the highest growth of all Australian states. Victoria’s State Final Demand was the strongest in the nation at 3.9 per cent – a direct reflection of the power of Victoria’s booming economy, aided by the strong financial management and infrastructure pipeline of the Andrews Labor Government. The above-trend growth in Victoria was broad based and driven by positive contributions from consumption, public demand, exports, and business and dwelling investment. The result of 3.3 per cent for the year is higher than at any point during the previous term of the Liberal and National Government. Victoria’s nominal Gross State Product is now valued at $407 billion, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Victoria’s optimistic consumers were the main contributors to this growth, with household consumption again the strongest in Australia at nearly 3 per cent. Pleasingly, Victoria’s export industries were also at the forefront of the State’s economic growth with total exports growing 7.8 per cent in 2016-17, the highest of all the states. Victoria’s international services exports rose 11.1 per cent to a record high of $20.9 billion in 2016-17. A key component of the strength of the Victorian economy has been the Labor Government’s record $9.1 billion infrastructure investment, which means better schools, hospitals, roads and public transport that Victorians need. There was good news also this week for Victorian job seekers, with yesterday’s ABS Labour Force data showing Victoria’s unemployment rate fell to 5.7 per cent. More than 70,000 jobs have been created since October 2016 and more than 266,000 since the Labor Government was elected in November 2014. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “This data once again shows the strength of Victoria’s economy, and reinforces the direction we’ve steered our economy across three successive budgets – with a focus on the infrastructure and services Victorians need.” “Victorians have every right to be optimistic in our great state, as we work tirelessly grow Victoria’s economy jobs and opportunities.”

Countering Violent Extremism To Keep Victorians Safe

The Andrews Labor Government will strengthen preventative detention laws as part of a suite of measures to counter violent extremism and keep Victorians safe. The Government today released the second report into Victoria’s counter-terrorism laws, following a review led by former Chief Commissioner of Police Ken Lay and former Supreme Court of Appeal Justice, the Honourable David Harper. The second report made 26 recommendations relating to countering violent extremism, disengagement programs, the legislative definition of a ‘terrorist act’, support and engagement orders, preventative detention orders for minors, and post-sentence supervision of high risk terrorist offenders. The Government has accepted in-principle all 26 recommendations of the second report. To tackle violent extremism the Government will provide an immediate injection of $9.4 million to expand Community Support Group pilots, boost community resilience grants, and establish a think-tank on social cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism in Victoria. The sweeping reforms recommended by the Expert Panel include: Extending the existing Preventative Detention Order Scheme to include persons aged 14 years or older (the scheme currently applies to persons 16 years and over). A person under the age of 18 would only be able to be held for 36 hours without a Supreme Court order – compared to four days for adults – with oversight from the Commissioner for Children and Young People That Victoria refer to a national body consideration of amending the national definition of ‘terrorist act’ to remove motive as an essential element Creating a Support and Engagement Order to enable the Chief Commissioner of Police to apply for a Court order requiring a person displaying behaviours indicative of radicalisation and violence to participate in disengagement programs. The Government will also work with the Commonwealth to introduce a new ‘possession of terrorism related material’ offence, and seek national agreement for a post-sentence supervision scheme for high risk terrorist offenders. A Bill will be introduced in early 2018 to progress critical legislative reforms from Report 1 and Report 2. The Government also launched the Counter Terrorism Statement 2017, which details the comprehensive actions the Government is taking to keep Victorians safe. The statement and the Panel’s reports are available at www.vic.gov.au/safeguarding-victorians-against-terrorism.html. Parts of the Panel’s reports are redacted for security reasons. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “These new measures give our law enforcement agencies the powers they need to help keep Victorians safe from terror and violent extremists.”  Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “We’re significantly overhauling our counter terrorism laws to better protect the Victorian community.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “These new measures will help police intervene early and stop people exhibiting violent or extremist behaviour from committing these terrible acts.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott “This is about working with our community and putting in place the programs we need to engage people and give them the support they need to get back on track.”

Countering Violent Extremism To Keep Victorians Safe

The Andrews Labor Government will strengthen preventative detention laws as part of a suite of measures to counter violent extremism and keep Victorians safe. The Government today released the second report into Victoria’s counter-terrorism laws, following a review led by former Chief Commissioner of Police Ken Lay and former Supreme Court of Appeal Justice, the Honourable David Harper. The second report made 26 recommendations relating to countering violent extremism, disengagement programs, the legislative definition of a ‘terrorist act’, support and engagement orders, preventative detention orders for minors, and post-sentence supervision of high risk terrorist offenders. The Government has accepted in-principle all 26 recommendations of the second report. To tackle violent extremism the Government will provide an immediate injection of $9.4 million to expand Community Support Group pilots, boost community resilience grants, and establish a think-tank on social cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism in Victoria. The sweeping reforms recommended by the Expert Panel include: Extending the existing Preventative Detention Order Scheme to include persons aged 14 years or older (the scheme currently applies to persons 16 years and over). A person under the age of 18 would only be able to be held for 36 hours without a Supreme Court order – compared to four days for adults – with oversight from the Commissioner for Children and Young People That Victoria refer to a national body consideration of amending the national definition of ‘terrorist act’ to remove motive as an essential element Creating a Support and Engagement Order to enable the Chief Commissioner of Police to apply for a Court order requiring a person displaying behaviours indicative of radicalisation and violence to participate in disengagement programs. The Government will also work with the Commonwealth to introduce a new ‘possession of terrorism related material’ offence, and seek national agreement for a post-sentence supervision scheme for high risk terrorist offenders. A Bill will be introduced in early 2018 to progress critical legislative reforms from Report 1 and Report 2. The Government also launched the Counter Terrorism Statement 2017, which details the comprehensive actions the Government is taking to keep Victorians safe. The statement and the Panel’s reports are available at www.vic.gov.au/safeguarding-victorians-against-terrorism.html. Parts of the Panel’s reports are redacted for security reasons. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “These new measures give our law enforcement agencies the powers they need to help keep Victorians safe from terror and violent extremists.”  Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “We’re significantly overhauling our counter terrorism laws to better protect the Victorian community.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “These new measures will help police intervene early and stop people exhibiting violent or extremist behaviour from committing these terrible acts.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott “This is about working with our community and putting in place the programs we need to engage people and give them the support they need to get back on track.”

 

LIBERALS SECRET PLAN TO CUT VITAL SERVICES IN CRANBOURNE

Matthew Guy and the Liberals planned ‘Commission of Audit’ will once again see funding ripped out of Cranbourne’s schools, hospitals, transport and other services if they win the next election A recent media report states: “If Matthew Guy wins the election and becomes premier next year, the opposition has promised to undertake a cost audit and a review within the first 100 days of forming government.” Sunday Herald Sun, 15 October 2017 If this isn’t enough Shadow Treasurer Michael O’Brien, has confirmed that frontline public sector workers are once again in Liberal Party sights as they seek to once again cut Victoria’s services. Attacking the Andrews Labor Government for having boosted the numbers of teachers, police officers, corrections officers and paramedics, Mr O’Brien bizarrely claimed this was bloating the public service. The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when in power they cut the services that hard working families across Cranbourne depend upon. The Liberal Party have form on this. When last in government, they smashed their way through our local services, including: Ripping almost $1 billion out of schools and axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and School Start Bonus Slashing over $1 billion from TAFE, shutting down courses Cutting funding to ambulances and hospitals that saw a blow out in local ambulance response times and hospital waiting lists Not even babies and young children were safe from Liberal cuts, with the whooping cough vaccination program cruelly cut. Now the Liberals and Matthew Guy want to do it all over again. Matthew Guy must make clear to people living in Cranbourne, which local frontline services will be subject to their razor gang – hard working locals deserve to know what services are set to be axed and whether their jobs are safe. What is on the Liberals chopping block? Will funding for the breakfast club at Cranbourne Primary, Cranbourne Park Primary, Cranbourne West Primary, Rangbank Primary, Marnebek Cranbourne, Lynbrook Primary, Carlisle Primary be axed, are paramedics at Cranbourne and Lyndhurst stations facing the sack, how many surgeries at Monash hospital are at threat and will the proposed Mernda Station  level crossing removal still take place? Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne “Matthew Guy with his cost audit, wants to cut the very services that locals across Cranbourne depend upon – cuts to local health, cuts to local education, cuts to local transport.” “Whether it’s axing the education maintenance allowance, gutting Chisholm TAFE or slashing health funding, the former Liberal Government cut our services deeply, and given the chance will do it all over again.” “In stark contrast, Labor will always put people first in Cranbourne and make the investments needed to boost jobs and create the world class schools, hospitals and TAFEs we need.”

LIBERALS SECRET PLAN TO CUT VITAL SERVICES IN CRANBOURNE

Matthew Guy and the Liberals planned ‘Commission of Audit’ will once again see funding ripped out of Cranbourne’s schools, hospitals, transport and other services if they win the next election A recent media report states: “If Matthew Guy wins the election and becomes premier next year, the opposition has promised to undertake a cost audit and a review within the first 100 days of forming government.” Sunday Herald Sun, 15 October 2017 If this isn’t enough Shadow Treasurer Michael O’Brien, has confirmed that frontline public sector workers are once again in Liberal Party sights as they seek to once again cut Victoria’s services. Attacking the Andrews Labor Government for having boosted the numbers of teachers, police officers, corrections officers and paramedics, Mr O’Brien bizarrely claimed this was bloating the public service. The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when in power they cut the services that hard working families across Cranbourne depend upon. The Liberal Party have form on this. When last in government, they smashed their way through our local services, including: Ripping almost $1 billion out of schools and axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and School Start Bonus Slashing over $1 billion from TAFE, shutting down courses Cutting funding to ambulances and hospitals that saw a blow out in local ambulance response times and hospital waiting lists Not even babies and young children were safe from Liberal cuts, with the whooping cough vaccination program cruelly cut. Now the Liberals and Matthew Guy want to do it all over again. Matthew Guy must make clear to people living in Cranbourne, which local frontline services will be subject to their razor gang – hard working locals deserve to know what services are set to be axed and whether their jobs are safe. What is on the Liberals chopping block? Will funding for the breakfast club at Cranbourne Primary, Cranbourne Park Primary, Cranbourne West Primary, Rangbank Primary, Marnebek Cranbourne, Lynbrook Primary, Carlisle Primary be axed, are paramedics at Cranbourne and Lyndhurst stations facing the sack, how many surgeries at Monash hospital are at threat and will the proposed Mernda Station  level crossing removal still take place? Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne “Matthew Guy with his cost audit, wants to cut the very services that locals across Cranbourne depend upon – cuts to local health, cuts to local education, cuts to local transport.” “Whether it’s axing the education maintenance allowance, gutting Chisholm TAFE or slashing health funding, the former Liberal Government cut our services deeply, and given the chance will do it all over again.” “In stark contrast, Labor will always put people first in Cranbourne and make the investments needed to boost jobs and create the world class schools, hospitals and TAFEs we need.”

CAMPS AND EXCURSIONS FUND AT RISK FROM LIBERAL CUTS

The Andrews Labor Government’s School Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund that is doing so much to support students is at risk from the Liberal cost audit. The Liberal Party have proposed a ‘Commission of Audit’ that will once again see funding ripped out of Cranbourne’s schools, TAFEs and educational support services. A recent media report states: “If Matthew Guy wins the election and becomes premier next year, the opposition has promised to undertake a cost audit and a review within the first 100 days of forming government.” Sunday Herald Sun, 15 October 2017 The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when in power they cut the services that hard working families across Cranbourne depend upon. The Liberal Party have form on this. As part of their cruel $1 billion cut to education, the Liberals axed the Educational Maintenance Allowance that was supporting so many hard working families with the basic costs of schooling and accessing school camps and excursions. Across Cranbourne, 3,810 would have lost out in support thanks to the cruel Liberal cuts. It was only the election of the Labor Government that ensured kids across Cranbourne got the support they needed with the dedicated School Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund, alongside the Breakfast Club program that is supporting around 25,000 kids. Now it seems the Liberals and Matthew Guy want to do it all over again. Matthew Guy and Liberals must rule out attacking the School Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund and Breakfast Club program from their planned cost audit that will do so much damage to families across Cranbourne and the services they rely upon. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “The Liberals axed the Educational Maintenance Allowance that was supporting so many students in Cranbourne and now it seems they want to do it all over again if given the chance.” “Matthew Guy’s cost audit will cut the very services that hard working families across Cranbourne depend upon.” “In stark contrast, Labor will always put people first in Cranbourne and make the investments needed to deliver the world class education system we need.”

CAMPS AND EXCURSIONS FUND AT RISK FROM LIBERAL CUTS

The Andrews Labor Government’s School Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund that is doing so much to support students is at risk from the Liberal cost audit. The Liberal Party have proposed a ‘Commission of Audit’ that will once again see funding ripped out of Cranbourne’s schools, TAFEs and educational support services. A recent media report states: “If Matthew Guy wins the election and becomes premier next year, the opposition has promised to undertake a cost audit and a review within the first 100 days of forming government.” Sunday Herald Sun, 15 October 2017 The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when in power they cut the services that hard working families across Cranbourne depend upon. The Liberal Party have form on this. As part of their cruel $1 billion cut to education, the Liberals axed the Educational Maintenance Allowance that was supporting so many hard working families with the basic costs of schooling and accessing school camps and excursions. Across Cranbourne, 3,810 would have lost out in support thanks to the cruel Liberal cuts. It was only the election of the Labor Government that ensured kids across Cranbourne got the support they needed with the dedicated School Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund, alongside the Breakfast Club program that is supporting around 25,000 kids. Now it seems the Liberals and Matthew Guy want to do it all over again. Matthew Guy and Liberals must rule out attacking the School Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund and Breakfast Club program from their planned cost audit that will do so much damage to families across Cranbourne and the services they rely upon. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “The Liberals axed the Educational Maintenance Allowance that was supporting so many students in Cranbourne and now it seems they want to do it all over again if given the chance.” “Matthew Guy’s cost audit will cut the very services that hard working families across Cranbourne depend upon.” “In stark contrast, Labor will always put people first in Cranbourne and make the investments needed to deliver the world class education system we need.”

A Right Word At The Right Time Could Save Lives

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to help people make long-lasting health and lifestyle choices with the launch of a new preventative health campaign. The Labor Government has partnered with Alfred Health to develop the 'Right Word. Right Time' campaign designed to put health professionals front and centre in raising the issue of preventive health with their patients. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today launched the campaign developed in response to research revealing that the majority of illness and death in Australia is due to chronic conditions that are mainly preventable. It advocates that people can turn their lives around by making better health, wellbeing and lifestyle choices. A right word from health care professionals at the right time can save lives by creating lasting change and helping people avoid chronic conditions that are mainly preventable. Victoria is at the forefront in leading reform in disease prevention and early detection, and has invested in a range of prevention initiatives targeting specific areas such as tobacco reform, obesity, physical activity, sexual health, heart disease, vaccination investment, cancer screening and skin cancer prevention. The Government is funding Alfred Health to support their efforts and other health services to deliver prevention initiatives in health services. The campaign can be viewed at www.rightwordrighttime.org.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “There’s nothing better than getting in early to make the lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime.” “We’re putting the health of Victorians first, with health protection and prevention placed at the heart of multiple strategies to deliver lasting changes to health and wellbeing outcomes and equity”. “Keeping our population healthy is important. Our vision is to achieve the best health, wellbeing and safety of all Victorians - and this campaign will help us do that.”

A Right Word At The Right Time Could Save Lives

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to help people make long-lasting health and lifestyle choices with the launch of a new preventative health campaign. The Labor Government has partnered with Alfred Health to develop the 'Right Word. Right Time' campaign designed to put health professionals front and centre in raising the issue of preventive health with their patients. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today launched the campaign developed in response to research revealing that the majority of illness and death in Australia is due to chronic conditions that are mainly preventable. It advocates that people can turn their lives around by making better health, wellbeing and lifestyle choices. A right word from health care professionals at the right time can save lives by creating lasting change and helping people avoid chronic conditions that are mainly preventable. Victoria is at the forefront in leading reform in disease prevention and early detection, and has invested in a range of prevention initiatives targeting specific areas such as tobacco reform, obesity, physical activity, sexual health, heart disease, vaccination investment, cancer screening and skin cancer prevention. The Government is funding Alfred Health to support their efforts and other health services to deliver prevention initiatives in health services. The campaign can be viewed at www.rightwordrighttime.org.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “There’s nothing better than getting in early to make the lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime.” “We’re putting the health of Victorians first, with health protection and prevention placed at the heart of multiple strategies to deliver lasting changes to health and wellbeing outcomes and equity”. “Keeping our population healthy is important. Our vision is to achieve the best health, wellbeing and safety of all Victorians - and this campaign will help us do that.”

Palliative Care Boost To Support Terminally Ill Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $62 million in additional funding over the next five years to increase the options for people with a terminal illness to be cared for, and die, in their place of choice. This includes $19 million to be provided immediately for this financial year. This will help provide more options for support and care, particularly for people living in regional Victoria. This funding boost will provide: $19.9 million to support home-based palliative care across regional and rural Victoria to provide care for an additional 1,215 people and their families each year $6.25 million to establish a 24-hour expert advice line to address variability of access to after-hours palliative care advice for clients, carers and generalist health services, and address gaps for people living in rural areas $19.5 million to better respond to demand and patient complexity by providing additional palliative care physician or nurse practitioner positions in Regional Palliative Care Consultancy Services $10 million in one off grants for end of life auxiliary support services to assist people, families and carers to manage the day to day activities associated with caring for someone with a terminal illness at home $6.35 million from 2018-19 in the event that Voluntary Assisted Dying is introduced to support the families of people who have accessed Voluntary Assisted Dying. The Labor Government will also support an independent review of palliative care funding to address any inequities that exist with the current model. The review will consider how to improve sustainability for palliative care services and boost their capacity to deliver flexible patient-centred care. It will be led by Melbourne Health Board Chair Robert Doyle, St Vincent’s Health Australia Deputy Chair Patricia Faulkner and Goulburn Valley Hospice CEO Carmel Smith. Most people want to die at home, and we can do more to support their preference. The Labor Government invests around $135 million per year on palliative care services, and has increased palliative care funding each year since coming into office. In March this year, the Government also announced a $5 million equipment and infrastructure grant for community palliative care agencies to assist them to deliver care in people’s homes. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “We‘re supporting quality and compassionate end-of-life and palliative care that relieves pain and suffering, and helps family, friends and carers.” “This investment builds on our work to ensure that more Victorians can die at home, surrounded by their loved ones.” “It will make a real difference to our hardworking palliative care workers and services across the state – particularly in regional Victoria – and will help more people get the care and support they need.”

Palliative Care Boost To Support Terminally Ill Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $62 million in additional funding over the next five years to increase the options for people with a terminal illness to be cared for, and die, in their place of choice. This includes $19 million to be provided immediately for this financial year. This will help provide more options for support and care, particularly for people living in regional Victoria. This funding boost will provide: $19.9 million to support home-based palliative care across regional and rural Victoria to provide care for an additional 1,215 people and their families each year $6.25 million to establish a 24-hour expert advice line to address variability of access to after-hours palliative care advice for clients, carers and generalist health services, and address gaps for people living in rural areas $19.5 million to better respond to demand and patient complexity by providing additional palliative care physician or nurse practitioner positions in Regional Palliative Care Consultancy Services $10 million in one off grants for end of life auxiliary support services to assist people, families and carers to manage the day to day activities associated with caring for someone with a terminal illness at home $6.35 million from 2018-19 in the event that Voluntary Assisted Dying is introduced to support the families of people who have accessed Voluntary Assisted Dying. The Labor Government will also support an independent review of palliative care funding to address any inequities that exist with the current model. The review will consider how to improve sustainability for palliative care services and boost their capacity to deliver flexible patient-centred care. It will be led by Melbourne Health Board Chair Robert Doyle, St Vincent’s Health Australia Deputy Chair Patricia Faulkner and Goulburn Valley Hospice CEO Carmel Smith. Most people want to die at home, and we can do more to support their preference. The Labor Government invests around $135 million per year on palliative care services, and has increased palliative care funding each year since coming into office. In March this year, the Government also announced a $5 million equipment and infrastructure grant for community palliative care agencies to assist them to deliver care in people’s homes. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “We‘re supporting quality and compassionate end-of-life and palliative care that relieves pain and suffering, and helps family, friends and carers.” “This investment builds on our work to ensure that more Victorians can die at home, surrounded by their loved ones.” “It will make a real difference to our hardworking palliative care workers and services across the state – particularly in regional Victoria – and will help more people get the care and support they need.”