This year’s Budget invests in improving health and wellbeing with a range of services and supports, including:
Improving patient care
$64.4 million to improve nurse to patient ratios and deliver an extra 542 nurses and midwives across our state, ensuring Victorian patients – including new mums – are getting the care they deserve.
Free sanitary essentials in government schools
$20.7 million to make tampons and pads free and available in all government schools.
A 24-hour maternal and child phone line
$7.2 million to implement a dedicated maternal and child 24‑hour phone line with specialists in sleep and settling issues.
Investing in reproductive health
$6 million towards reproductive health including through:
- planning for public IVF services that will, once established, provide bulk‑billed and subsidised treatments for up to 4,000 Victorians a year
- continued funding for the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority, which provides critical support for families accessing assisted reproductive services
Supporting the Country Women's Association
$500,000 to support the Country Women’s Association with its ongoing advocacy on the health and wellbeing of women living in our rural communities.
Reviewed 23 May 2019