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WORLD CLASS NORTHERN HOSPITAL EXPANSION STARTS

More patients in Melbourne’s north will access care and surgery faster and closer to home thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s world-class expansion of the Northern Hospital in Epping, with early works kick starting today. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today joined Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny, Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio,  Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and Member for Bundoora Colin Brooks to celebrate the important milestone, kick starting early construction works on the project to meet soaring demand in Melbourne’s outer north. The region is one of the nation’s fastest growing and once the $162.7 million project is complete, an additional 10,000 patients will be treated every year, with additional beds and operating theatres. That means families in the booming outer northern suburbs will have access to safe quality healthcare in updated and modern facilities. The seven-storey tower will have 96 new inpatient beds, three operating theatres and more treatment rooms. Extra space is also earmarked the future expansions of cardiology services, cath labs and medical imaging – giving the hospital more room to grow as the community grows into the future. The early works will relocate the existing 18-bed intensive care unit on site, and deliver expanded back office accommodation and a new loading dock with other support services. The project is also a big boost to the economy with 66 new construction jobs created as part of the early works project and 489 overall. The Northern Hospital services more than 365,000 people, which is expected to soar past 550,000 by 2031. Construction is due to be completed in 2021. Last year’s budget delivered $1.67 billion to support hospitals meet demand and provide the high quality care Victorian patients deserve, as well as $428.5 million in new hospital upgrades. Northern Health received $426.7 million in funding from the Labor Government last year - $45.1 million or 11.8 per cent more than provided the previous financial year, and a whopping $106.6 million or 33.3 per cent more than the Liberals’ last budget. Our investment is in stark contrast to Malcolm Turnbull’s dud hospital funding deal which would shortchange Victorians by $2.1 billion in five years. That would mean $83.5 million less for Northern Health, which is equivalent to 13,448 elective surgeries, 668 nurses or 280 doctors. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Today we are breaking ground and getting on with building a bigger and better hospital for families in Melbourne’s outer north.” Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “More and more new families are moving into the booming northern suburbs every day. We are expanding this hospital to meet future demand for world class healthcare.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “This project is vital for our community: it will boost our access to healthcare, create jobs and revitalise our local economy – it’s a win, win win!” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The Andrews Labor Government’s investment to expand the Northern Hospital demonstrates our commitment to provide first class healthcare to residents in the north. I am sure the seven-story tower will become a landmark and will finally put the Northern Hospital on the map.”

WORLD CLASS NORTHERN HOSPITAL EXPANSION STARTS

More patients in Melbourne’s north will access care and surgery faster and closer to home thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s world-class expansion of the Northern Hospital in Epping, with early works kick starting today. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today joined Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny, Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio,  Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and Member for Bundoora Colin Brooks to celebrate the important milestone, kick starting early construction works on the project to meet soaring demand in Melbourne’s outer north. The region is one of the nation’s fastest growing and once the $162.7 million project is complete, an additional 10,000 patients will be treated every year, with additional beds and operating theatres. That means families in the booming outer northern suburbs will have access to safe quality healthcare in updated and modern facilities. The seven-storey tower will have 96 new inpatient beds, three operating theatres and more treatment rooms. Extra space is also earmarked the future expansions of cardiology services, cath labs and medical imaging – giving the hospital more room to grow as the community grows into the future. The early works will relocate the existing 18-bed intensive care unit on site, and deliver expanded back office accommodation and a new loading dock with other support services. The project is also a big boost to the economy with 66 new construction jobs created as part of the early works project and 489 overall. The Northern Hospital services more than 365,000 people, which is expected to soar past 550,000 by 2031. Construction is due to be completed in 2021. Last year’s budget delivered $1.67 billion to support hospitals meet demand and provide the high quality care Victorian patients deserve, as well as $428.5 million in new hospital upgrades. Northern Health received $426.7 million in funding from the Labor Government last year - $45.1 million or 11.8 per cent more than provided the previous financial year, and a whopping $106.6 million or 33.3 per cent more than the Liberals’ last budget. Our investment is in stark contrast to Malcolm Turnbull’s dud hospital funding deal which would shortchange Victorians by $2.1 billion in five years. That would mean $83.5 million less for Northern Health, which is equivalent to 13,448 elective surgeries, 668 nurses or 280 doctors. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Today we are breaking ground and getting on with building a bigger and better hospital for families in Melbourne’s outer north.” Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “More and more new families are moving into the booming northern suburbs every day. We are expanding this hospital to meet future demand for world class healthcare.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “This project is vital for our community: it will boost our access to healthcare, create jobs and revitalise our local economy – it’s a win, win win!” Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The Andrews Labor Government’s investment to expand the Northern Hospital demonstrates our commitment to provide first class healthcare to residents in the north. I am sure the seven-story tower will become a landmark and will finally put the Northern Hospital on the map.”

GIVING LALOR KIDS THE SCHOOL THEY DESERVE

Students in Lalor will have the modern classrooms and school facilities they need to get the great education they deserve, thanks to a major upgrade by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Lalor Gardens Primary School will get a $3.8 million funding boost in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 for its exciting new upgrade. The funding will guarantee local students will have modern facilities, including a new gym, music room and canteen. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $2.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,200 school upgrades and 64 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. We have now invested more than $2.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This contrasts with the Liberals and Nationals who let schools crumble and decay, while slashing $1 billion from the education budget. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny  “This is more fantastic news from the Andrews Labor Government – we support education and want to ensure all students have great facilities no matter where they live.” “The whole school should be so proud of the campaign led by Principal Anne Hulett seeking funds from the Victorian Labor Government for a school hall with a new gym, music room and canteen. The Minister for Education James Merlino previously visited Lalor Gardens Primary School and was treated to some very impressive work from students explaining their need for a school hall.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are undertaking the largest reform of Victorian schools in nearly 150 years and I’m determined that the benefits are reaped by communities living right across our great state.”  

GIVING LALOR KIDS THE SCHOOL THEY DESERVE

Students in Lalor will have the modern classrooms and school facilities they need to get the great education they deserve, thanks to a major upgrade by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced that Lalor Gardens Primary School will get a $3.8 million funding boost in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 for its exciting new upgrade. The funding will guarantee local students will have modern facilities, including a new gym, music room and canteen. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and every community has access to a great local school. This includes an unprecedented $2.8 billion investment to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,200 school upgrades and 64 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. We have now invested more than $2.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This contrasts with the Liberals and Nationals who let schools crumble and decay, while slashing $1 billion from the education budget. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny  “This is more fantastic news from the Andrews Labor Government – we support education and want to ensure all students have great facilities no matter where they live.” “The whole school should be so proud of the campaign led by Principal Anne Hulett seeking funds from the Victorian Labor Government for a school hall with a new gym, music room and canteen. The Minister for Education James Merlino previously visited Lalor Gardens Primary School and was treated to some very impressive work from students explaining their need for a school hall.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are undertaking the largest reform of Victorian schools in nearly 150 years and I’m determined that the benefits are reaped by communities living right across our great state.”  

POLICE BODY-WORN CAMERAS TO BOOST COMMUNITY SAFETY

Police in Melbourne’s north will be patrolling with body-worn cameras to better respond to and investigate crime thanks to a multi-million-dollar investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Police Lisa Neville launched the first stage of the Victoria Police state-wide roll out of body worn cameras this week, which will see 150 cameras deployed this month. The roll out went live on Wednesday with police in Epping wearing the devices. The new small, battery‐powered cameras will be worn on the uniform of general duties police officers as part of a six-week pilot of the new technology. Information from the trial will help inform police policies and procedures ahead of the full rollout of 11,000 cameras to police officers working in the community right across Victoria by 2020. The investment is a part of the Government’s record $227 million technology investment, which is modernising police technology through the delivery of a new intelligence system and the ongoing rollout of iPads to police and Protective Service Officers (PSOs). Recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence called for the trial and evaluation of body worn cameras to collect statements from victims to use as evidence in court. The cameras will help strengthen community safety, and help to improve transparency and accountability in police interactions with the public. They can be used to capture audio and video interactions between police officers and members of the public and real‐time capture video evidence at the scene of a crime. Police will turn the cameras on whenever they are exercising police powers, collecting evidence or when it would provide transparency to a police interaction. Strict laws were introduced last year to ensure adequate protections are in place against the unauthorised disclosure of footage. The technology will support the Labor Government’s more than $2 billion police investment, which includes a record recruitment of 3135 new police.

POLICE BODY-WORN CAMERAS TO BOOST COMMUNITY SAFETY

Police in Melbourne’s north will be patrolling with body-worn cameras to better respond to and investigate crime thanks to a multi-million-dollar investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Police Lisa Neville launched the first stage of the Victoria Police state-wide roll out of body worn cameras this week, which will see 150 cameras deployed this month. The roll out went live on Wednesday with police in Epping wearing the devices. The new small, battery‐powered cameras will be worn on the uniform of general duties police officers as part of a six-week pilot of the new technology. Information from the trial will help inform police policies and procedures ahead of the full rollout of 11,000 cameras to police officers working in the community right across Victoria by 2020. The investment is a part of the Government’s record $227 million technology investment, which is modernising police technology through the delivery of a new intelligence system and the ongoing rollout of iPads to police and Protective Service Officers (PSOs). Recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence called for the trial and evaluation of body worn cameras to collect statements from victims to use as evidence in court. The cameras will help strengthen community safety, and help to improve transparency and accountability in police interactions with the public. They can be used to capture audio and video interactions between police officers and members of the public and real‐time capture video evidence at the scene of a crime. Police will turn the cameras on whenever they are exercising police powers, collecting evidence or when it would provide transparency to a police interaction. Strict laws were introduced last year to ensure adequate protections are in place against the unauthorised disclosure of footage. The technology will support the Labor Government’s more than $2 billion police investment, which includes a record recruitment of 3135 new police.

MORE STATION CAR PARKING FOR EPPING

The Andrews Labor Government will build more than 70 new car parking spaces at Epping Station as part of the biggest one-off boost to train station parking in Victoria's history. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will provide $60 million to build more than 2,000 new parking spaces, deliver more secure storage facilities for cyclists and improve access for pedestrians at key stations across Melbourne. The funding will boost will deliver 74 new parking spaces at Epping Station – a significant increase on the 40 spaces currently available. Parking at Belgrave, Sandown Park and Craigieburn stations will also be boosted, and other stations will be considered for upgrades as part of the package. The extra spaces mean commuters will no longer clog up neighbouring streets with their cars and will free up more car parking for local traders, shoppers and residents. The extra spaces add to the more than 3,000 new and upgraded car parks the Labor Government has built at metropolitan and regional train stations over the past three years to help more commuters get a car park when they take the train. Sites were chosen based on current capacity and demand, available transport land and population growth area data. For more information, visit victrack.com.au/carparkupgrades.   Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Epping Station has desperately needed more car parking spaces. These 74 new spaces will ease some of the pain for both commuters boarding trains at Epping and residents who have to put up with cars clogging up their streets. The Mernda rail extension that Labor is building will also free up parking spaces as residents further down the line will be able to park at a station closer to them.” “The Andrews Labor Government is helping turn our northern suburbs into greater and greater places to live.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “The Andrews Labor Government is making sure that train station parking is more accessible for locals and commuters. We’re making it easier to get a park at Epping Station, and to get home again safer and sooner at the end of the day.”

MORE STATION CAR PARKING FOR EPPING

The Andrews Labor Government will build more than 70 new car parking spaces at Epping Station as part of the biggest one-off boost to train station parking in Victoria's history. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will provide $60 million to build more than 2,000 new parking spaces, deliver more secure storage facilities for cyclists and improve access for pedestrians at key stations across Melbourne. The funding will boost will deliver 74 new parking spaces at Epping Station – a significant increase on the 40 spaces currently available. Parking at Belgrave, Sandown Park and Craigieburn stations will also be boosted, and other stations will be considered for upgrades as part of the package. The extra spaces mean commuters will no longer clog up neighbouring streets with their cars and will free up more car parking for local traders, shoppers and residents. The extra spaces add to the more than 3,000 new and upgraded car parks the Labor Government has built at metropolitan and regional train stations over the past three years to help more commuters get a car park when they take the train. Sites were chosen based on current capacity and demand, available transport land and population growth area data. For more information, visit victrack.com.au/carparkupgrades.   Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “Epping Station has desperately needed more car parking spaces. These 74 new spaces will ease some of the pain for both commuters boarding trains at Epping and residents who have to put up with cars clogging up their streets. The Mernda rail extension that Labor is building will also free up parking spaces as residents further down the line will be able to park at a station closer to them.” “The Andrews Labor Government is helping turn our northern suburbs into greater and greater places to live.” Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “The Andrews Labor Government is making sure that train station parking is more accessible for locals and commuters. We’re making it easier to get a park at Epping Station, and to get home again safer and sooner at the end of the day.”

 

NEW SITES FOR NEW WOLLERT SCHOOLS

The new Wollert Central P6, Wollert East P6 and Wollert East 7-12 are a step closer, with three sites in Wollert being acquired as part of a $236.8 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to buy the land needed to meet the future needs of Melbourne’s fastest growing communities. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said that the sites for the new schools would be acquired as part of a funding package to buy land for 14 new schools. These new schools will build the school capacity needed to meet Melbourne’s growing needs. The Labor Government is now delivering an unprecedented 64 new school projects across Victoria to meet the demand created by state’s population boom, with more than 90,000 school-aged children and teenagers predicted to call Victoria home by 2022. This includes having already delivered the school infrastructure needed to meet the needs of Victoria’s growing student population until 2019 through an unprecedented $2.5 billion investment as part of the Education State. The funding will buy land for schools across Melbourne’s booming inner and outer suburbs, including land in the growth areas of Clyde North, Cranbourne West, Mickleham, Deanside, Rockbank, Cobblebank, Wollert, Wyndham Vale and Pakenham. A site will also be acquired in Seddon for a new Seddon Campus as part of the Footscray Learning Precinct. The new school sites were identified following in-depth analysis of demographic data and enrolments at existing schools. Community engagement on the new schools will start in coming weeks, with details available at the Victoria School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quotes Attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny  “We are building the new schools Victoria needs – not just for today or tomorrow but for years to come.” “This investment will begin to break the cycle of short-term planning for new schools and give families the certainty they need that their kids can attend a great local government school where they can get a great education – no matter where they live.” Quotes Attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio  “It’s no secret that Wollert is booming, and we have got on with the job of delivering the new schools local families are crying out for.” “When the schools open, it will be a great local school that the whole community can be proud of.”

NEW SITES FOR NEW WOLLERT SCHOOLS

The new Wollert Central P6, Wollert East P6 and Wollert East 7-12 are a step closer, with three sites in Wollert being acquired as part of a $236.8 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to buy the land needed to meet the future needs of Melbourne’s fastest growing communities. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said that the sites for the new schools would be acquired as part of a funding package to buy land for 14 new schools. These new schools will build the school capacity needed to meet Melbourne’s growing needs. The Labor Government is now delivering an unprecedented 64 new school projects across Victoria to meet the demand created by state’s population boom, with more than 90,000 school-aged children and teenagers predicted to call Victoria home by 2022. This includes having already delivered the school infrastructure needed to meet the needs of Victoria’s growing student population until 2019 through an unprecedented $2.5 billion investment as part of the Education State. The funding will buy land for schools across Melbourne’s booming inner and outer suburbs, including land in the growth areas of Clyde North, Cranbourne West, Mickleham, Deanside, Rockbank, Cobblebank, Wollert, Wyndham Vale and Pakenham. A site will also be acquired in Seddon for a new Seddon Campus as part of the Footscray Learning Precinct. The new school sites were identified following in-depth analysis of demographic data and enrolments at existing schools. Community engagement on the new schools will start in coming weeks, with details available at the Victoria School Building Authority website: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quotes Attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny  “We are building the new schools Victoria needs – not just for today or tomorrow but for years to come.” “This investment will begin to break the cycle of short-term planning for new schools and give families the certainty they need that their kids can attend a great local government school where they can get a great education – no matter where they live.” Quotes Attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio  “It’s no secret that Wollert is booming, and we have got on with the job of delivering the new schools local families are crying out for.” “When the schools open, it will be a great local school that the whole community can be proud of.”

MAJOR WORKS BEGIN ON O’HERNS ROAD PROJECT

As of Friday 23 February, major construction works are now underway on the O’Herns Road interchange project. The first stage of the project will replace the roundabout at O’Herns Road and High Street with traffic lights and add a raised platform at the intersection to improve safety. Stage 1 is expected to be completed in mid-2018. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said residents have been waiting a long time for this vital upgrade. The second stage of the project includes duplicating O’Herns Road and adding a diamond interchange to provide easier access to the Hume Freeway. Overall completion is due in late 2019. This is election promise from the Victorian Labor Government – we will deliver on all our promises.

MAJOR WORKS BEGIN ON O’HERNS ROAD PROJECT

As of Friday 23 February, major construction works are now underway on the O’Herns Road interchange project. The first stage of the project will replace the roundabout at O’Herns Road and High Street with traffic lights and add a raised platform at the intersection to improve safety. Stage 1 is expected to be completed in mid-2018. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said residents have been waiting a long time for this vital upgrade. The second stage of the project includes duplicating O’Herns Road and adding a diamond interchange to provide easier access to the Hume Freeway. Overall completion is due in late 2019. This is election promise from the Victorian Labor Government – we will deliver on all our promises.

NORTHERN HEALTH FUNDING SLASHED UNDER TURNBULL’S HEALTH CUTS

Northern patients are missing out under the Federal Liberal Government’s health cuts. Northern Health stands to lose over $4 million dollars in next year’s funding because the Federal Liberal Government is refusing to pay more than $100 million it owes to Victorians. Despite conceding late last year that Victoria was owed the money, Malcolm Turnbull has failed to reimburse the Victorian Government for treating tens of thousands of extra patients, putting the future funding of our local hospital at risk. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said the $4.193 million dollars owed was the equivalent of 26 more nurses for the Northern Hospital. These cuts are creating uncertainty for hospitals trying to plan for future patient demand, and the Andrews Labor Government has had to step in and top up funding while waiting for reimbursement. But even though the National Health Funding Pool Administrator – an independent expert – has provided advice that Victoria is owed this money, Malcolm Turnbull has refused to pay up, putting at risk the treatment of thousands of extra Victorian patients. The $104 million owed to Victoria is equivalent to: 100,222 more chemotherapy procedures for Victoria’s cancer patients 212,964 extra dialysis sessions for sick patients More than 650 extra nurses 54,104 colonoscopies. This delay comes after ongoing attempts by Malcolm Turnbull to claw back health funding from the pockets of Victorians, and is in addition to over $1.5 billion in cuts to our hospitals in the Federal Budget’s forward estimates. This is yet another example of the Prime Minister for Sydney – Malcolm Turnbull – again dudding Victorians. Despite being home to more than 25 per cent of the nation’s population, Victoria continues to receive just 10 per cent of federal infrastructure funding. In contrast, Malcolm Turnbull’s home state of New South Wales receives a whopping 45 per cent. Victorians deserve better than that. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “I am devastated that the Federal Liberal Government will be cutting millions of dollars from the Northern Hospital. This is at a time when our hospital needs more resources to support our rapidly growing population.” “What has Malcolm Turnbull got against residents in Melbourne's north? He had to be dragged kicking and screaming to give federal approval to the O'Herns Road project. I can't think of any other announcements he has made to spend any other dollars here, and now he is cutting money to our hospital.” “This callous action undermines the hundreds of millions of dollars the state Labor government has committed to building new wards and theatres at the hospital. Thanks to Malcolm Turnbull we can expect even longer waits in emergency, sitting on waiting lists and cuts to vital patient services.”

NORTHERN HEALTH FUNDING SLASHED UNDER TURNBULL’S HEALTH CUTS

Northern patients are missing out under the Federal Liberal Government’s health cuts. Northern Health stands to lose over $4 million dollars in next year’s funding because the Federal Liberal Government is refusing to pay more than $100 million it owes to Victorians. Despite conceding late last year that Victoria was owed the money, Malcolm Turnbull has failed to reimburse the Victorian Government for treating tens of thousands of extra patients, putting the future funding of our local hospital at risk. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said the $4.193 million dollars owed was the equivalent of 26 more nurses for the Northern Hospital. These cuts are creating uncertainty for hospitals trying to plan for future patient demand, and the Andrews Labor Government has had to step in and top up funding while waiting for reimbursement. But even though the National Health Funding Pool Administrator – an independent expert – has provided advice that Victoria is owed this money, Malcolm Turnbull has refused to pay up, putting at risk the treatment of thousands of extra Victorian patients. The $104 million owed to Victoria is equivalent to: 100,222 more chemotherapy procedures for Victoria’s cancer patients 212,964 extra dialysis sessions for sick patients More than 650 extra nurses 54,104 colonoscopies. This delay comes after ongoing attempts by Malcolm Turnbull to claw back health funding from the pockets of Victorians, and is in addition to over $1.5 billion in cuts to our hospitals in the Federal Budget’s forward estimates. This is yet another example of the Prime Minister for Sydney – Malcolm Turnbull – again dudding Victorians. Despite being home to more than 25 per cent of the nation’s population, Victoria continues to receive just 10 per cent of federal infrastructure funding. In contrast, Malcolm Turnbull’s home state of New South Wales receives a whopping 45 per cent. Victorians deserve better than that. Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “I am devastated that the Federal Liberal Government will be cutting millions of dollars from the Northern Hospital. This is at a time when our hospital needs more resources to support our rapidly growing population.” “What has Malcolm Turnbull got against residents in Melbourne's north? He had to be dragged kicking and screaming to give federal approval to the O'Herns Road project. I can't think of any other announcements he has made to spend any other dollars here, and now he is cutting money to our hospital.” “This callous action undermines the hundreds of millions of dollars the state Labor government has committed to building new wards and theatres at the hospital. Thanks to Malcolm Turnbull we can expect even longer waits in emergency, sitting on waiting lists and cuts to vital patient services.”

VICTORIAN PARENTS REMINDED TO UPDATE KIDS’ JABS

Victorian parents returning from summer holidays are being urged to ensure their children are fully immunised before returning to childcare and school. Visiting Strathmore Children’s Centre today, Minister for Health and Acting Minister for Families and Children Jill Hennessy reminded parents of the Andrews Labor Government’s tough No Jab, No Play law. The law requires all children enrolling in early childhood and care services to be up to date with their immunisations, unless they have an approved exemption. Since introducing the law, Victoria has achieved its best ever immunisation coverage, with 94.9 per cent of Victorian children aged five now fully immunised – the second highest coverage rate in Australia. Before No Jab, No Play, the coverage was just 92.5 per cent. Thanks to the law and efforts by parents, Victoria has almost reached the 95 per cent ‘herd immunity’ target, which is necessary to halt the spread of dangerous and virulent diseases such as measles. That is why the Labor Government is further strengthening the No Jab, No Play law to crack down on rogue practitioners who make false statements about a child’s ability to be immunised. Under the changes, only Immunisation History Statements from the Australian Immunisation Register will be accepted when enrolling in childcare or kindergarten. Documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers will no longer be accepted as proof of immunisation for enrolment. And by having only one form of evidence accepted, the process of enrolling will be much simpler for both parents and early childhood services. To receive reminders of when your child’s immunisation status is due, download the VaxOnTime app from: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/VaxOnTime.

VICTORIAN PARENTS REMINDED TO UPDATE KIDS’ JABS

Victorian parents returning from summer holidays are being urged to ensure their children are fully immunised before returning to childcare and school. Visiting Strathmore Children’s Centre today, Minister for Health and Acting Minister for Families and Children Jill Hennessy reminded parents of the Andrews Labor Government’s tough No Jab, No Play law. The law requires all children enrolling in early childhood and care services to be up to date with their immunisations, unless they have an approved exemption. Since introducing the law, Victoria has achieved its best ever immunisation coverage, with 94.9 per cent of Victorian children aged five now fully immunised – the second highest coverage rate in Australia. Before No Jab, No Play, the coverage was just 92.5 per cent. Thanks to the law and efforts by parents, Victoria has almost reached the 95 per cent ‘herd immunity’ target, which is necessary to halt the spread of dangerous and virulent diseases such as measles. That is why the Labor Government is further strengthening the No Jab, No Play law to crack down on rogue practitioners who make false statements about a child’s ability to be immunised. Under the changes, only Immunisation History Statements from the Australian Immunisation Register will be accepted when enrolling in childcare or kindergarten. Documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers will no longer be accepted as proof of immunisation for enrolment. And by having only one form of evidence accepted, the process of enrolling will be much simpler for both parents and early childhood services. To receive reminders of when your child’s immunisation status is due, download the VaxOnTime app from: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/VaxOnTime.