30 September 2020

HealthShare Victoria to commence operations

A new centralised statewide purchasing and supply organisation will bring together the purchasing power of all of Victoria’s public hospitals.

HealthShare Victoria will manage the purchase, supply and distribution of health-related goods, services and equipment across our hospitals from 1 January 2021.

Expanding centralised procurement, supply and distribution means Victoria’s public health services will get better prices and have an efficient network of warehouses and delivery services – with any savings to be reinvested into patient care.  

The former Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos announced the establishment of the new organisation on 23 September 2020, highlighting that collaborative approaches have enabled Victoria to manage significant global challenges in securing essential medical supplies.

“This pandemic has shown us how all of our health services working together to source the same critical medical supplies means more equipment at a better price for all of them.

“Creating a centralised procurement and supply organisation means medical supplies are available where they’re needed most, when they’re needed most,” said the former Minister.

HealthShare Victoria will absorb the functions currently provided by Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV) and some other Victorian health organisations. Clinical experts will guide the state’s selection of medical products, while a single integrated stock monitoring and ordering system will minimise the risk of localised shortages. 

A transition team has been established to set up the organisation and will also manage the ongoing emergency procurement and supply program established for the COVID-19 pandemic response until HealthShare Victoria commences operations on 1 January 2021.