11 May 2021
“A number of key women’s health services in Victoria have come together to issue an urgent call to the state government for funding support.
The Women’s Health Service Council features the CEOs from 12 Women’s Health Services who’ve issued the joint plea, representing services across metropolitan and regional Victoria.
They say that a failure to address a funding anomaly has left the sector severely underfunded for years, with women’s health funding dropping from $4 per Victorian woman in 1988, to just $2 today.”
“We would be devastated if, for the fifth year in a row, Treasury would enable an effective cut to women’s health services by refusing to redress the historic funding anomaly in this sector,” the group has said via a joint statement through GENVIC.
“Women’s health funding has eroded from $4 per woman upon commencement in 1988, to $2 per Victorian woman today. That is an effective cut of 50% due to population growth having to be absorbed by under pressure women, staff and governance committees.”