Improving equity and access

Ensuring access to affordable housing and health services is a growing concern for the most vulnerable in our society.

The Victorian Government is taking a coordinated approach to introduce a range of planning and policy reforms that provide all Victorians with better access to housing and the services they need.

Initiatives include making it easier for first home buyers to enter the market. As well as ensuring access to top quality health care. Regardless of where people live.

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In the future In the future

Over 22,780 people were homeless at the 2011 Census. Independent forecasting predicts this number could more than double by 2021.


Projects and reforms

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan includes 12 projects and reforms under this Health and human services priority. These are detailed in the Health and human services sector plan and full edition VIP, available for download together with:

  • Government response - outlines our position and addresses 137 recommendations made by Infrastructure Victoria in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Technical report - indicates where projects and reforms meet the plan’s four objectives

Case study

The Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) Program

The VST program enables fast clinical decision-making and stroke treatment. It connects 16 rural and regional emergency departments to a 24/7 roster of Melbourne-based neurologists. The program aims include:

  • equity of care in rural and regional hospitals
  • fewer delays in diagnosis and treatment
  • better access to thrombolysis and endovascular clot retrieval

Using bedside telemedicine equipment, VST neurologists can assess patients and review brain imaging. This allows for rapid diagnosis and treatment advice.

Led by Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, VST partner organisations include:

  • state and federal governments
  • Ambulance Victoria
  • Stroke Foundation
  • health services

The VST roll-out ensures most Victorians are within an hour’s reach of a hospital with access to stroke expertise.


The Victorian Infrastructure Plan identifies 4 other priorities within the Health and human services sector. They are:

Building a proactive system that anticipates demand

Driving system-wide reform for safer, better services

Integrating care across the health and social service systems

Investing in the future