Victoria's healthcare system is already one of the best in the world.
However, our population is growing and ageing, and rates of chronic disease are rising. Without reform, our health system will not meet the demands of the future.
The Victorian Government is investing in and improving Victoria's health system to ensure all Victorians get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
The Victorian Government's Better Care Victoria initiative will help improve outcomes for patients and reduce waiting times by focusing on improving productivity in Victorian hospitals. This initiative is a key element of the Victorian Government's broader health reform agenda.
Our doctors, nurses, other health care professionals and support staff are among the best in the world. They are already seeing opportunities to change the way we do things in our health system, to deliver better access, care, quality and safety; and are making positive changes every day.
The role of Better Care Victoria will be to support Victoria's health sector to identify innovations, and promote their more widespread adoption as new ways of working: to encourage those working across our health system to continually search for better ways to do things, and share and develop the many good ideas that are already making a positive impact at the local level.
Better Care Victoria will also have a role in building the capability of the health sector to sustain delivery of new ideas and improvement activities.
The independent Better Care Victoria Board, chaired by surgeon and former AMA President Dr Douglas Travis, will advise me on health sector innovation and investment of the Better Care Victoria's innovation funding.
We know that Government alone can't drive the change we need in our health system. That's why Better Care Victoria is looking across our health system to draw on the expertise and innovation that is out there.
I look forward to working with everyone across the Victorian health sector to ensure we can build a stronger health system for Victoria today and for the decades ahead.
Hon Jill Hennessy MP
Minister for Health