Healthy Together Victoria

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — (Question 261) My question is to the Minister for Health, and it concerns Healthy Together Victoria. It is a fantastic program that 14 local governments, 520 schools, 938 early childhood services, 4400 workplaces and 1.3 million Victorians have been involved in.

I know that Cardinia Shire Council, which is just next to my electorate, has been doing great work as part of this initiative. Sadly, the Abbott government ceased funding the program in last year’s federal budget, despite the fact that the national partnership agreement on preventive health was supposed to continue until June 2018. I also understand that the previous state Minister for Health had assured stakeholders that a deal had been struck with the federal government for the program to continue. Yet it seems that with a much needed change of government in our great state, this deal has gone up in smoke. Since coming to government I know that our hardworking new minister has continually sought assurances that this deal would be honoured and funding provided.

I ask the minister to advise Healthy Together Victoria of what steps the Andrews government is taking to ensure that Victorians live healthier, happier and more active lives.