It is with regret that I announce the closure of Networking Health Victoria (NHV). Our organisation had its beginnings in 1996 as General Practice Divisions Victoria (GPDV), becoming General Practice Victoria (GPV) in 1998. It moved from Melbourne University to the current offices in Swanston Street in Carlton in that year when it received Program funding from the Commonwealth government.
Victorians have a chance to shape how new historic laws will be implemented to give people greater powers to set directives about their future medical treatment, including end-of-life preferences and wishes. In a Victorian first, the State Government will introduce new laws into Parliament this year to protect advance care directives in legislation. As part of this work, Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, is calling for feedback on the Simplifying Medical Treatment Decision Making and Advance Care Planning position paper which will inform how the legislation should be implemented.
Alcohol consumption in Australia has declined steadily during the past decade, with per capita consumption in 2013–14 reaching its lowest level since the early 1960s. A new study published today by the scientific journal Addiction shows that the overall decline in drinking is due mainly to less drinking among people in their teens and early twenties.
The Victorian State Government is improving the health and well-being of families in the Latrobe Valley and making sure mines are safe and can be rehabilitated, with the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Implementation Plan tabled today in Parliament. The Implementation Plan outlines the Government’s response to the 2014 and reopened Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Reports, which together made 44 recommendations and 45 affirmations.
Protecting yourself and your family from whooping cough and the flu has become easier, with Victorians now able to receive their flu and whooping cough vaccinations from their local pharmacist without having to visit a GP or nurse. As part of the Victorian State Government’s work to ensure all Victorians can access the health care they need, eligible adults can now receive vaccines under the National Immunisation Program and the Government’s Parents’ Whooping Cough Vaccination Program from their pharmacists.