2022 Victorian Election

To support people living with asthma, their carers and health professionals, Asthma Australia has identified four priority areas for the 2022 Victorian Election. These priority areas focus on people who need support and will influence the systemic changes needed to ensure these people are supported to live healthy lives. The programs outlined below will lighten the burden for people with asthma in Victoria.

1. Fund services for people with asthma in Victoria

Asthma Australia provides the Victorian community with a range of services which currently do not receive any ongoing funding from the Victorian Government. These services are our 1800 phone line; Schools and Young Peoples Program; and the education of health care professionals. Asthma affects 11.4% of Victorians, more than 714,000 people, and we are seeking funding to provide these services and improve the lives of Victorians living with asthma.

Priority: Program funding for asthma support and education in Victoria

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2. Contribute funding to a national AirSmart public education campaign

Asthma Australia seeks funding to implement and evaluate the national AirSmart campaign. AirSmart aims to educate and empower people with the information, tools and strategies needed to minimise or avoid exposure to unhealthy air and by doing so, reduce the negative impacts of unhealthy air on their health, wellbeing and participation in society. AirSmart was piloted in July and August 2022 and regional Victoria was included in the pilot sites.

Priority: Contribute to the national AirSmart public education campaign to reduce the health impacts of air pollution

3. Deliver cleaner air for Victorians

Asthma Australia notes the Victorian Government response to the Victorian Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee Inquiry into the Health Impacts of Air Pollution in Victoria is now overdue, and recommends the immediate response to this report and the implementation of the report’s recommendations.

Priority: Respond to and implement in full recommendations from the Victorian air pollution inquiry

4. Response to the ESTA capability and service review: final report and Review of Victoria’s emergency ambulance call answer performance: COVID-19 pandemic-related 000 surge demand

Asthma Australia considers that the Victorian Government must restore public confidence in the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) through the following actions:

  1. Publish online a table setting out the real-time status of the implementation of the recommendations from the ESTA capability and service review: final report and the Review of Victoria’s emergency ambulance call answer performance: COVID-19 pandemic-related 000 demand surge by the Inspector General for Emergency Management, and the proposed completion date of each recommendation.
  2. Engage Graham Ashton, who led the review, to conduct an evaluation of the implementation of the ESTA capability and service review: final report recommendations in May 2023 which should be made publicly available.

Priority: Restore public confidence in ESTA