Department of Health

Primary care is often someone’s first point of contact with the health system. Victoria's community health services play an important role in the delivery of state-funded, population-focused, and community-based health services.

Primary care services are usually:

  • the pathway people generally take to other services
  • a point of coordination between other services
  • located in the community
  • directly connected to people’s daily lives and to the management of their wellbeing.

The department is responsible for funding, monitoring and planning the provision of primary and community health care services (including counselling, allied health and nursing), dental services, maternal and child health, and early parenting services.

Reviewed 24 July 2023


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