Statement: 2020-21 Victorian State Budget

We welcome the Victorian Government’s State Budget announcements and enthusiastically support the focus on the key areas of health, employment, mental health, housing, education and support for families and small businesses that will aid the wellbeing and recovery of the community post-pandemic.

EACH, like the rest of the Community Health sector, was hoping for a more evident and direct investment in community health, particularly in this budget cycle. Community Health Services have demonstrated the capacity to bridge the gap between GPs and the hospital sector by providing flexible and targeted responses, meeting the needs of the most vulnerable people within each community; never more evident than in the role we are currently playing in the Victorian COVID response.

While we are disappointed not to see this much-needed direct investment in Community Health in this budget, EACH looks to the $200mill Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund and the 2021/22 Budget to support the Community Health sector to play the dynamic and increasing role in protecting and improving the health of the community into the future.

At EACH, we recognise that health and wellbeing are significantly and negatively affected by factors such as unemployment, homelessness, financial difficulties, social exclusion and addiction.

We continue to offer a wide range of health and support services to assist members of our community to lead happier, healthier lives and we stand ready to deliver further initiatives to contribute to the State’s post-COVID recovery.

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