Sexual health promotion
The department is responsible for developing sexual health policy in accordance with the Victorian Health Priorities Framework 2012-2022 (Metropolitan Health Plan) and the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2011-2015, and implements this policy through various partnerships in the health sector to better serve the community.
Key priority practices
The government has identified key practices to help build quality evidence based prevention programs and treatment services. The main practices are;
- Strategic engagement with stakeholders and partners to monitor relationships with a focus on improved outcomes.
- Facilitated service system development using a partnership approach.
- Facilitation of a guided, flexible, engaged and equitable whole of government response on matters related to sexual health, blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.
- Development and engagement of health and community services (including non-government organisations) to support a system that is responsive to community needs.
Evidence and evaluation
- Contributing to the evidence-base including best practice programs.
- Monitoring of emerging and potential issues and facilitation of strategic population based responses.
- Working to decrease the incidence of infections and minimise impacts on affected populations to improve health outcomes.
- Building on the capacity and capability of the funded sector.