Legistrative Council E-Petitions

E-petition Number
Bush Nursing Centres
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the funding shortfall for our Bush Nursing Centres across the state of Victoria. Management of legislated quality and compliance, along with incremental changes to award pay rates and nursing Enterprise Bargaining Agreements, mean that Bush Nursing Centre budgets are out of balance and unsustainable, with current health funding inadequate to meet these requirements.

Ask anyone living in a rural community and you will quickly realise the immense value, respect and reliance they have on Bush Nurses and their Centres. There are emergencies which have occurred that were it not for our Bush Nurses, the patient would have died, as the speed in which these highly trained individuals can attend an emergency is crucial. However, it’s not just emergency situations that the centres are vital for. They also provide services that mean if people develop a serious health problem they can stay in the area, rather than having to travel huge distances or even moving away.

Bush Nursing Centres that have strong partnerships with local schools, community groups and sporting clubs provide opportunities to promote community health through education. They also provide Allied Health, General Practitioner and videolink to specialist services, support for residents living with chronic disease, access to respite care, disability support services and transportation, given the absence of public transport to these areas.

Bush Nursing Centres are vital for the population of rural Communities.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to address the funding shortfall to Bush Nursing Centres in rural Victoria, to ensure this vital service (which in Balmoral has been running for over 90 years!) remains sustainable for the future, and prove that the health and wellbeing of all Victorians matter.

We request that Health Minister meet with the Centres and their representatives to discuss how this funding shortfall can be solved and request the support of the Victorian Government.
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Ms Melina Bath