Victoria’s mental health system will receive nearly $60 million in an additional boost to get more Victorians support when they need it – now and after the pandemic is over and its effects are still being felt – as we continue to work together to fight this deadly virus.
Public hospitals in regional Victoria will begin winding back all non-urgent surgery on the eve of restrictions coming into force across the state, as we step up protections against the coronavirus pandemic.
More Victoria Police and Australian Defence Force personnel will be out in force ensuring Victorians are abiding by the directions of the Chief Health Officer (CHO), as the next stage of restrictions is supported by stronger enforcement and increased penalties for those who repeatedly breach the directions.
The Commissioner for Senior Victorians, Gerard Mansour, has been appointed as an advisor to the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre.
Yesterday, we asked Victorians to make some big sacrifices. Big, real and meaningful sacrifices. Today, sadly, we need to ask the same of Victorian businesses and Victorian workers.
The Victorian Government is backing cutting-edge medical research projects to better understand, prevent and treat coronavirus. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford today announced the seven beneficiaries of the Government’s $5.5 million COVID-19 Research Fund, which will support continued jobs growth in a sector that already employs tens of thousands of Victorians.
From the outset of this second surge, our aim has been to protect regional communities. By putting a ring around the city, we want to protect the entirety of our state. For the most part, it’s worked. But as we know, this virus doesn’t discriminate, and its only goal is to spread.
I know how much Victorians want to go back to some semblance of normal – or at least “COVID normal”. They want to be able to get a beer with their mates. To drop round and see mum. And they definitely want an end to these daily updates and their grim new milestones.
The latest hospital and ambulance performance data shows Victoria’s health services have continued to provide high quality healthcare for those who need it most, despite being in the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic.
It's extremely disappointing to hear there are Victorians getting calls from people who claim to be from the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services requesting people's credit card details for a COVID-19 testing kit.
The stories emerging from some of Victoria’s private aged care facilities in recent days have been deeply concerning and the Victorian Government and Commonwealth Government are working closely together to protect residents.