To take action and improve healthy eating in the community, the Victorian Government has developed healthy eating, prevention and public health strategies, policies and programs. These are driven by key national and state strategies and guidelines.
Victorian strategies, policies and guidelines
Health 2040: advancing health, access and care
In achieving "Better Health", and maximise the health and wellbeing of all Victorians the plan focuses on:
- early intervention
- community engagement
- people’s self-management.
Victorian public health and wellbeing plan
This would enable all Victorians to enjoy the highest standards of health and wellbeing.
Tackling climate change (and its impact on health), and increasing healthy eating are two key focus areas of the plan.
By integrating climate change (and its impact on health) into other key focus areas such as increasing healthy eating and active living, benefits can come to all focus areas. More information can be found
Guidance is available for community areas to help them implement actions for these key focus areas.
Healthy kids, healthy futures
It focuses on supportive environments for healthy eating, active living and mental wellbeing.
Koolin balit Aboriginal Health Strategy
- planning and strategic development of the health system
- building relationships through improved practices.
The vision of the strategy is a 'Self-determining, healthy and safe Aboriginal people and communities' in Victoria.
Korin korin balit-djak
It also provides the plan for implementing the Victorian Government's vision for the Koolin balit: Victorian Government strategic directions for Aboriginal health 2012–2022.
Healthy eating guidelines for early childhood and education care services
These services include:
- long day care
- family day care
- outside school hours care
By following these guidelines, these services can provide nutritious and varied foods, drinks and menus that also meet the cultural, health and religious needs of each child.
School canteens, healthy eating and other food services
The Victorian Department of Education and Training also aims to ensure that school food services provide healthier food and drinks. This contributes to a more supportive and healthier school environment.
It includes policies and guidelines to support the implementation of the framework in hospitals and health services, sport and recreation centres, workplaces and parks and recreational reserves.
Victorian cancer plan 2020-2024: improving cancer outcomes for all Victorians
- prevent cancer
- increase survival
- improve the experience of the cancer treatment and care system
- achieve equitable outcomes for all Victorians with cancer.
The plan includes the following goal:
- That at least 80 per cent of hospital and health services' retail outlets and vending machines meet the recommended Victorian Government food and nutrition standards (Healthy choices) by 2024.
Victorian action plan to prevent oral disease 2020-30
It includes actions to embed healthy food and drink policies in key settings, such as:
- early childhood and education care services
- health services
- residential aged care services
- disability settings.
National strategies and guidelines
It does by providing a wholistic approach to prevention that:
- addresses the wider determinants of health
- reduces health inequities
- decreases the overall burden of disease.
Improving access and consumption of a healthy diet, and increasing physical activity are key focus areas.
Reviewed 22 July 2022