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Healthy Together Victoria

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(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.

Healthy Together Initiatives

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

Healthy Together Achievement Program

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. 

Participants receive guidelines, resources and ongoing support to help meet statewide benchmarks for health promotion. 

Healthy Eating Advisory Service

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

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.

  Healthy Food Connect: A support resource

  Healthy Food Connect: Case Studies

Healthy Eating

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. 

Healthy Together Communities

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.

Healthy Together Communities are operating across:

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 prevention

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.

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:

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

Email: phs@health.vic.gov.au

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