Victory
Petitioning Premier of Victoria Premier Denis Napthine and 2 others

Prevention is better than cure - Stop the budget cuts to community health

Prevention is the best cure for sickness, and prevention is exactly what Community and Women's Health Care does.

Community and Women's Health Centres provide crucial preventative health services that keep people off hospital waiting lists and living productive lives in the community. They run programs aimed at addressing the root causes of health problems like diabetes, heart disease, childhood obesity, family violence and depression.

Under Ted Baillieu, the Government has cut almost $32 million from community health care funding, with the main cut being phased in over two years. The first year of cuts hit hard. If the second year of planned cuts go ahead, many community and women’s health programs will be rolled back.

With Denis Napthine now Premier, we are calling on the Government to end the cuts to community health care and boost funding for these vital services. Please sign the petition below.

If the cuts proceed, community and women’s health centres will be forced to cut back programs in areas of chronic disease prevention, health education, sexual and reproductive health, prevention of violence against women, food security, and race-based discrimination.

Instead of reducing costs to government, the funding cuts will place an additional burden on other parts of the health care system. Without preventative health care, people get sick and end up on hospital waiting lists. The cost of treating sick people is far greater than the cost of prevention.

Letter to
Premier of Victoria Premier Denis Napthine
Minister for Health Hon David Davis
Treasurer Hon Michael O'Brien
Prevention is better than cure - stop the budget cuts to community health care

Community and Women's Health Care provides crucial preventative health services that keep people off hospital waiting lists and living productive lives in the community.

Under Ted Baillieu, the Government has cut almost $32 million from community health care funding, with the main cut being phased in over two years.

The impacts of the first years of cuts hit hard. It has directly impacted programs aimed at addressing the root causes of health problems, like diabetes, heart disease, childhood obesity, family violence, and depression.

If the government’s proposed cuts proceed for the second year, there will be further cutbacks in programs including health education, chronic disease prevention, food security, sexual and reproductive health, and health leadership.

We can’t afford to lose these programs.

Not only will our health suffer, so too will the public health system as hospital waiting lists worsen. Without health prevention, people will get sick. Increasing demand on the public health system is even worse for Victoria’s budget bottom line.

I ask you Premier Napthine, please do not proceed with the planned cuts to community health care in 2013-14 and future Victorian Budgets. You have the opportunity to show that you understand that prevention is better than cure. Please boost funding to this crucial area of health care.