Healthy Together Victoria
Video by Healthy Together Victoria
(An initiative by the Victorian and Australian Government)
Healthy Together Victoria aims to improve people's health where they live, learn, work and play. It focuses on addressing the underlying causes of poor health in children's settings, workplaces and communities by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity, and reducing smoking and harmful alcohol use.
Healthy Together Victoria incorporates policies and strategies to support good health across Victoria, as well as locally-led Healthy Together Communities.
Healthy Together Victoria, funded by the Victorian Government, is improving the health of our community.
- Factsheet: What is Healthy Together Victoria
- Healthy Together Victoria (FAQs)
- Factsheet: Strengthening Victoria's prevention system
- Brochure: You have the power to create healthy change
Healthy Together Initiatives
- Healthy Together Achievement Program
- Healthy Eating Advisory Service
- Healthy Food Connect
- Live Lighter
- Healthy Eating
- Healthy Together Communities
- Leadership for prevention
- Preventive Health Study
Healthy Together Victoria also creates links to health promotion and prevention initiatives, services and programs underway across Victoria such as LiveLighter, Victoria Walks, Life! and Premier's Active April
The Healthy Together Achievement Program supports early childhood education and care services, schools and workplaces and workforces to create healthy environments for learning, working and living.
Healthy Together Healthy Eating Advisory Service is providing healthy eating and nutrition advice to early childhood education and care services, primary and secondary schools, hospitals and workplaces.
Healthy Food Connect is a model to address local food system change. It aims to improve access to healthy food choices where people live, work, learn, and play. The initiative is part of Victoria’s comprehensive approach to preventing chronic disease being delivered through Healthy Together Victoria.
The Department of Health is implementing Healthy Food Connect in the 12 Healthy Together Communities (14 local government areas) as part of Healthy Together Victoria.
Healthy Food Connect is one of the local initiatives that form part of the Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise.
There are a range of healthy eating initiatives underway to support good health across Victoria. For more information see Food, Nutrition and Public health. Oral health is important for overall health and wellbeing.
Locally-led Healthy Together Communities are operating in 12 areas across Victoria. In these areas, local governments, in partnership with community health organisations, local stakeholders and communities, are leading comprehensive local efforts to support the development of a local prevention system.
A significant new workforce and extensive capacity building are being provided by the Department of Health to ensure the skills and resources within these areas are strengthened and aligned. Healthy Together Communities aim to make a real impact on the health and wellbeing of local populations.
- Working together towards healthier communities: Joint statement of commitment to prevention
- Healthy Together Communities (FAQs)
- Healthy Together Bendigo
- Healthy Together Cardinia Shire
- Healthy Together Geelong
- Healthy Together Grampians Goldfields - Ararat, Central Goldfields and Pyrenees
- Healthy Together Greater Dandenong
- Healthy Together Hume
- Healthy Together Knox
- Healthy Together Latrobe
- Healthy Together Mildura
- Healthy Together Whittlesea
- Healthy Together Wodonga
- Healthy Together Wyndham
Local government is one of a number of players whose actions influence the health and wellbeing of a community. For more information see Local Government Planning for Health and Wellbeing.
Leadership for systems change in preventive health by Dr Sally Fawkes from La Trobe University was commissioned by the Department of Health and managed by the Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science. It provides the foundations for developing leadership to support Victoria’s prevention system.
- Leadership for systems change in preventive health: Review of the literature and current activity
- Leadership for systems change to strengthen preventive health: summary
- Leadership for systems change to strengthen preventive health: poster
Preventative Health Study
The Victorian Department of Health conducted the Preventive Health Study (PHS) to collect information about the lifestyles of Victorians.
Information from the PHS will inform decisions about preventive health priorities and lifestyle behaviour including: tobacco consumption, attitudes and behaviour towards fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity, and obesity. The survey findings fill a gap in preventive health research and policy, and provide data that are needed to ensure that public health programs remain relevant and responsive to current and emerging health issues.
The PHS includes two populations groups:
- Adults aged 18 years and above, and
- Parents with children aged 5-17 years.
The telephone interviews for the PHS 2012/13 have ended. The Department of Health thanks PHS participants for their time.
If you have any queries related to PHS please contact
- Healthy Together Newsletter Issue 12: June 2014
- Healthy Together Newsletter Issue 11: December 2013
- Healthy Together Newsletter Issue 10: August 2013
- Healthy Together Newsletter Issue 9: July 2013
- Healthy Together Newsletter Issue 8: May 2013
- Healthy Together Newsletter Issue 7: March 2013
- Healthy Together Newsletter Issue 6: December 2012