GOVERNMENT ACHIEVEMENTS

MINISTER’S STATEMENT: GOVERNMENT ACHIEVEMENTS

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Danslide, my team have set me a challenge to summarise the year in health and ambulance services in 2 minutes, so start the clock. We returned the Mildura Base Hospital to public hands. We delivered the biggest ever boost to public hospitals, with a $2.5 billion boost in this year’s budget. We started to roll out free Smile Squad dental vans to all public schools, ahead of schedule. We funded 500 000 additional specialist appointments in regional Victoria. We delivered the shortest ever median wait for public elective surgery—26 days. We started Victoria’s voluntary assisted dying scheme and delivered a $72 million budget boost for palliative care. We kickstarted a record $3.8 billion health infrastructure pipeline, including the $1.5 billion new Footscray Hospital. We opened the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital. We opened the Northern Hospital’s new intensive care unit, a new stroke care unit at Royal Melbourne Hospital and a refurbished intensive care unit at Mildura Base Hospital. We boosted the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund with another $100 million, and we are getting on with delivering bigger and better hospitals in Ballarat, Bendigo, Casey, Clayton, Frankston, Geelong, Latrobe, Parkville, Shepparton, Sunshine and Wonthaggi. We recorded the fastest ever ambulance response times in Ambulance Victoria’s history and opened new stations in Diamond Creek, Preston, Mernda, Tatura, Winchelsea, Swan Bay, Broadford and Bacchus Marsh, and work is underway at Port Fairy and Terang ambulance stations, with more stations to come. We delivered more than 15 000 baby bundles to first-time parents. We made it easier for families to protect themselves against the flu, with free vaccines for children under five and kids 10 and up able to get flu shots from a pharmacist. We passed legislation enabling separated women to access IVF without their former partner’s consent. We enshrined improved nurse-to-patient ratios into law. We removed discriminatory legal requirements for HIV testing. We passed legislation to close a loophole for tobacco advertising. We invested $116.5 million into cutting-edge medical research. We became the first state to provide a revolutionary, life-saving new treatment for fighting blood cancers—CAR T‑cell therapy. We expanded our landmark medicinal cannabis compassionate access scheme for more of Victoria’s sickest children. We are getting on with delivering for all Victorians, because we are a government that puts people first

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