How will you ensure people have access to health care when they need it?
From emergency departments to GP access, mental health to ambulances, Victorians are looking for reassurance on the future of their health system.
Health worker resignations surge by almost 20%, fresh data shows
Resignations undermine efforts to recruit tens of thousands of doctors, nurses and midwives needed to relieve stress on the overburdened health system and staff new hospitals.
- by Josh Gordon
Victoria is missing a golden opportunity to rethink the health system
Experts say there are two glaring omissions among the billion-dollar election promises - a failure of much-needed reform and lack of crucial investment in preventive health.
- by Aisha Dow and Melissa Cunningham
Health system needs reboot, not just a spending spree
There is an opportunity here for a leader with vision to change the entire system for the better.
- The Age's View
More and more hospital beds: Health promises lack vision
Unfortunately, 2022 looks like another election where neither major party is offering a 21st-century vision for a better health system.
- by Stephen Duckett
Long COVID clinics ‘inundated’ with patients, and doctors can’t cope
The nation’s long COVID clinics are so under-resourced patients are waiting almost a year for treatment.
- by Liam Mannix
Nursing applications remain high, as Andrews promises $5k bonus
Victorian universities have already received more than 33,000 applications to study nursing next year, mostly from year 12 students, despite the COVID-19 pandemic stretching nurses unlike ever before.
- by Melissa Cunningham and Adam Carey
A new approach needed to help our emergency departments and ambulance service
Weekend discharges and establishing a community paramedic program would go some way to reducing pressure on our health system.
- by Juan Paolo Legaspi
Fears of late diagnoses as worker shortages blow out medical scan waitlists
Victorians are waiting up to six months for crucial scans as record demand and ongoing staff shortages force wait times for vital health checks to blow out.
- by Melissa Cunningham
‘The edifice complex’: How elections turn health needs into hospitals
Tens of billions of dollars promised towards “shiny” new hospitals during the state election campaign are not necessarily what the health system needs, experts say.
- by Clay Lucas and Aisha Dow
Wobbly floors, leaking ceilings and demountables: The health centres waiting for election promises
Conversations between doctors and patients can be heard through the walls of the dingy Collingwood cohealth centre, which has to close off part of its facility when it rains because the ceiling leaks.
- by Rachel Eddie
‘Serious trouble’: Victorians waiting six months for mental health support
Victorians are waiting more than six months to see a psychiatrist, despite the state government committing billions of dollars to overhaul the struggling mental health system.
- by Melissa Cunningham
And on the second day, they made promises about healthcare
On the first day of the election campaign, the major parties made commitments addressing cost-of-living pressures. On day two they focused on Victoria’s overburdened health system.
- by Sumeyya Ilanbey and Rachel Eddie
Patients pay hefty price for urgent care in rural Victoria
Rural Victorians face fees of hundreds of dollars when seeking urgent care or treatment that is free in Melbourne hospitals. Health groups want that to change.
- by Benjamin Preiss
ALP promise to upgrade Dandenong Hospital
Premier Daniel Andrews has promised to upgrade Dandenong Hospital, and addressed the warning from Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton about a new COVID-19 wave in Victoria.
- by Paul Sakkal and Tom Cowie
What is Victoria’s Agenda for the 2022 state election?
For this election, The Age is shifting its approach to focus on what Victorians want to discuss – what matters most to you – rather than what the political parties and candidates want the election to be about.
- by Gay Alcorn
How will you ensure people have access to healthcare when they need it?
Getting to see a GP on time. The availability of specialists. The mental health crisis. These are the things Victorian voters want politicians to address in the November election.
- by Aisha Dow
What Victorians want to hear from politicians
The Age surveyed thousands of Victorians in August and September to help inform its coverage of the Victorian election in November.
- by Rachel Eddie