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.