Department of Health

Key messages

  • The Victorian Population Health Survey gives an annual assessment of the health status and wellbeing of adults living in Victoria and provides data for key population health indicators.
  • Maintaining data quality brought about by the uptake of mobile phone usage has led to improvements to the sampling frame in VHPS 2015 and 2016.
  • The Survey’s findings are used to inform evidence-based policy development and strategic planning across the Department and wider community.

The Victorian Population Health Survey has been conducted each year since 2001 and is based on a sample of adults aged 18 years and over, randomly selected from households from each of the eight health regions of the Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2016, computer-assisted telephone interviewing was undertaken between August and November. Please refer to the Methods section of the report for a more detailed description of the methods.


The indicators presented in the report are:

  • smoking prevalence
  • fruit and vegetable consumption
  • body weight status
  • physical activity
  • alcohol consumption
  • psychological distress
  • hypertension
  • health and wellbeing
  • selected chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes
  • oral health
  • and selected social capital indicators.

Reviewed 01 May 2022


Contact details

Victorian Agency for Health Information

Population Health Insight Unit

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