Primary care is often the first point of contact people have with the health system. Many also provide services funded by the Commonwealth and other sources.
Victoria's network of community health services deliver a range of primary health, human services and community-based support to meet local community needs. There are currently 81 services that fall into two organisational types:
- 26 independently managed registered community health centres
- 55 community health services that are part of rural or metropolitan health services, including small rural health services.
Community health services provide universal access to services as well as targeted services for vulnerable population groups. They sit alongside general practice and privately funded services to make up the primary health sector in Victoria. Some are also major providers of a range of health and human services including drug and alcohol, disability, dental, post-acute care, home and community care, mental health services and community rehabilitation.
Community health services receive funding from a range of programs across the Department of Health, including funding for the Community Health Program a state funded program that provides health promotion, general counselling, allied health and community nursing services that aim to maximise people's health and wellbeing.
Community health reform plan
Victoria’s community health sector is a critical part of Victoria’s healthcare system, providing locally-based, affordable health and social care to disadvantaged Victorians.
Community health services
An overview of information on community health centre delivery guidelines, budget, governance, eligibility and fees.
Community health pride – LGBTIQ+ inclusive practice resources
Suite of resources developed in consultation with community health service providers and key experts in the LGBTIQ field.
Registration and governance of community health centres
Victoria's registered community health centres comply with performance standards and report regularly to the department.
Community Health Program in Victoria
The Community Health Program provides over one million hours of allied health, counselling and nursing services to the Victorian community.
Community health service improvement
The Department of Health supports continuous quality improvement projects in Victoria’s Community Health Program.
Reviewed 03 March 2022