By 2020 the Department of Health will have had a significant and measurable impact on improving the length and quality of the lives of Aboriginal Victorians.
In recent decades Victoria’s Aboriginal communities have emerged as strong voices and vibrant advocates. But despite the efforts of the Aboriginal community controlled health sector and of a range of government and non-government organisations a significant gap in health status and life expectancy remains.
Working in partnership with Aboriginal people and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations is critical to achieving health equality.
It also requires attention to not only medical factors but also the social, emotional, and cultural well-being of the whole community.
Improving health outcomes requires action to improve the determinants of health as well as action to improve health system performance. This site details the department's activities, programs and strategies in Aboriginal health.
The collage below represents the Department of Health’s work to close the health gap on Aboriginal disadvantage. It consists of four images by Victorian Aboriginal artists. Each image contributes to the story of Aboriginal health in Victoria. To read these stories, please click on the images below.
The main banner image is the work of Vicki Couzens and was commissioned by the department. The inclusion of the remaining three images is courtesy of the artists and the Koorie Heritage Trust Collection.
Throughout the website, the term Aboriginal is taken to include people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. Aboriginal is used in preference of Indigenous and Koori, although these terms are retained when they feature as part of a title of a report, program or quotation.
Koolin Balit Stronger Skilled Workforce Training Grants for 2013-14 are now open for round one
There will be two rounds this financial year, closing 30 September 2013 and 3 March 2014.
Submissions/applications for the first round are due Monday 30 September 2013, by 4:00pm.
Applications can be addressed to Snezana Milosavic, Project Officer, Medical and Aboriginal Health Workforce.
Mail to: 16/50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Fax: 03 9096 9190
Phone: 03 9096 0614
Submission Specifications 2013-14
Submission Form 2013-14
This report is supplementary to the Closing the gap: Koolin Balit, Aboriginal health 2011 update report; which is the second iteration of the Closing the Gap in Aboriginal Health: baseline report, produced in 2009.
This supplementary report provides data for the eight regions in Victoria on a number of key indicators of Aboriginal health and wellbeing in Victoria. It consists of twelve measurable indicators across four life stages at a regional level, covering three tiers: health status and outcomes, determinants of health, and health systems performance.
This report is the second iteration of the report Closing the gap in Aboriginal health: baseline report, produced in 2009. The original baseline report aimed to assist in the preparation of regional Closing the Gap implementation plans.
The current report provides timeline series data on a number of key indicators for Aboriginal health and wellbeing in Victoria. It consists of twelve measurable indicators across four life stages at a state-wide level, covering three tiers: health status and outcomes, determinants of health, and health systems performance.