Department of Health

Key messages

  • Community health services are universal and cover a broad range of services.
  • When managing demand, service providers prioritise Victorians with the greatest risk of poor health outcomes and the greatest economic and social need.
  • No one can be denied a service because they are not able to pay fees.

Community health services funded by the Department of Health are universal and provide a broad range of services.

When managing demand, the Community Health Program prioritises access for groups who:

  • experience poorer overall health outcomes
  • face barriers to accessing adequate healthcare
  • are economically or socially disadvantaged
  • have complex care needs.

The program’s priority population groups are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people with an intellectual disability
  • refugees and people seeking asylum
  • people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • people with a serious mental illness
  • children in out-of-home care.

Reviewed 04 November 2022


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