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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

Herald Sun
Friday 20 January 2023

'An alliance of 24 independent allied health providers will call on Daniel Andrews to fix the state’s struggling healthcare system, saying Victorians are being “robbed” of quality care.

Independent community health services, which care for the state’s most vulnerable people, have launched a campaign for a 20 per cent funding increase and a match in funds from the federal government.

Community health services, which employ 10,000 staff across the state and are largely not for-profit, provide care for at-risk people including the drug affected, refugees and those in public housing.

“The Community Health First campaign is calling on the Andrews government to urgently fund community health services throughout metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria,” a spokesman said.

“We commend the government on their commitment to building new and improved hospitals, however, opportunities are being overlooked to invest in prevention, early intervention and primary care in people’s own communities.

“Without adequate investment in community health Victorians are being robbed of the opportunity to receive quality care that is focused on keeping communities healthy and out of emergency departments.”'

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