Federal election result provides opportunities for reset
Jun01

Federal election result provides opportunities for reset

It has been said numerous times already this past week, but the federal election result really is a massive shift in our nation’s politics. While some will attempt to downplay and minimise the result, we can be sure that voters want change. This was not just a city or urban phenomenon. Right across the country, there were significant swings against the Liberal National coalition. Clearly, Victorians, and Australians more broadly, want...

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The Victorian Budget and a Federal Election
May09

The Victorian Budget and a Federal Election

This week the Victorian budget was handed down. Members may have missed it given the attention and focus on the federal election. This year’s state budget is primarily focused on health and healthcare. It’s easy to see why with the significant and large investments across Victoria’s health sector have been decided. Disappointingly though, the Premier made no mention of healthcare workers beyond doctors, nurses and paramedics for their...

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VPA calls on Department to appoint Chief Psychologist and increase EFT
Feb28

VPA calls on Department to appoint Chief Psychologist and increase EFT

Following the release of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, the VPA has invested resources to engage with the Department in consultation. In December last year, the Department published the anticipated Mental Health Workforce Strategy. You can find a copy of the strategy here. The Strategy Paper aims to set out a coordinated and strategic approach to deliver the diverse, skilled and...

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No Pay? No Way!

Over the past decade staff reductions forced through budget cuts has caused workloads to steadily increase. Health managers have long stopped thinking about how we cope with extra work. We are just expected to do more and more work in the same amount of time. In 2015, hundreds of thousands of hours of unpaid time will be worked to cope with unreasonably high workloads. There is growing evidence of a systemic reliance on unpaid work to...

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