Department of Health

Achieving improved public health and wellbeing outcomes require collective action across the system and everyone has a role to play.

  • At a state level: Victorian government departments; peak bodies, professional organisations and specialist agencies.
  • At a local level: local government; regional and metropolitan partnerships; social and aged care services; early childhood services and schools; women's health services; workplaces.
  • At a service level: hospitals; community health and primary care organisations; Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations; human services provider agencies, community organisations.

Taking an evidence-informed and coordinated approach can maximise opportunities across communities and within settings and services to support Victorians to live healthy lives.

The wider determinants of health are integral to the long-term vision for public health and wellbeing in Victoria and should be considered when designing and delivering public health and wellbeing interventions. Place-based and co-design approaches are also important mechanisms for driving improvements in public health and wellbeing.

Guidance to assist with implementation of the focus areas and three of the priorities of the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2019-2023 in early childhood settings and schools, local government, health and human services and workplaces is available from this site.

Knowing what works is also vital, and the Victorian public health and wellbeing outcomes framework (the outcomes framework) provides a platform for monitoring (refer to monitoring public health and wellbeing outcomes).

A comprehensive approach

Improved outcomes in public health and wellbeing are rarely realised with a one size fits all approach. By taking coordinated action towards the factors that contribute most strongly to the burden of disease and health inequalities we can foster an inclusive system which affords all Victorians the opportunity for optimal health and wellbeing.

To aid a comprehensive approach this guidance seeks to drive action across multiple parts of the health and wellbeing sector. In addition to action at the federal and state level, progress towards improving health and wellbeing requires coordinated actions across early childhood settings, schools, health and human services, within local government and workplaces.

Statewide resources

Achievement Program - provides guidance and support for settings to become healthier places for their communities. It is a voluntary, free initiative that identifies evidence-based actions to create a healthy place, links members to best-practice resources and examples, supported by local experts and provides Victorian Government recognition once these standards have been met.

Healthy Eating Advisory Service - helps organisations provide and promote healthier foods and drinks to improve the health of all Victorians. The Healthy Eating Advisory Service (HEAS) supports early childhood services, outside school hours care, schools, workplaces, hospitals, sport and recreation centres, tertiary education and parks to provide healthier foods and drinks in their menus and through catering, food outlets and vending. The service can also support food industry, food outlets, caterers, and suppliers.

Advice for public health and wellbeing planning in Victoria: Planning cycle 2017-2021

Alfred Health support for hospitals and health services - Alfred Health is widely recognised for its leadership in prevention, population health and health promotion. The Department funds Alfred Health to support Victorian health services to implement primary and secondary prevention. Alfred Health provides coaching on how organisations can promote healthier environments, a healthy workforce and embed prevention into clinical interactions.

Reviewed 28 October 2021


Contact details

Prevention and Population Health Department of Health

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