Department of Health

Aboriginal health in Victoria

Key messages

  • The Victorian Government is committed to increasing the life expectancy of Aboriginal people in Victoria.
  • The Victorian Government provides a range of health services and health information for Aboriginal people in Victoria.

Many Aboriginal people enjoy good or excellent health. However, as a group, Aboriginal people in Victoria are more likely to experience poorer health outcomes.

Person-centred care lies at the heart of good Aboriginal health service delivery, early intervention and prevention. It is locally developed, culturally informed and empowers Aboriginal people to make the best choices about their health.

Aboriginal people access both mainstream and Aboriginal community-controlled health services. All program areas in the department and all service providers in the health sector have a role to play to ensure that Aboriginal Victorians get the best quality healthcare, regardless of the location or provider where care is sought.

Koolin Balit - Aboriginal health strategy

Koolin Balit means 'healthy people' in the Boonwurrung language. It is a Victorian Government strategy that commits the health system to improve the increase the life expectancy and improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people in Victoria by 2022.

Koolin Balit provides a clear path forward to achieving significant and measureable outcomes in Aboriginal health.

Reviewed 09 September 2015


Contact details

Koolin Balit Workforce

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