Health 2040: advancing health, access and care

Health 2040: advancing health, access and care presents a clear vision for the health and wellbeing of Victorians and for the Victorian healthcare system. Health 2040 is built around three pillars:

  • Better health: focuses on prevention, early intervention, community engagement and people's self-management to maximise the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.
  • Better access: focuses on reducing waiting times and delivering equal access to care via statewide service planning, targeted investment, and unlocking innovation.
  • Better care: focuses on people's experience of care, improving quality and safety, ensuring accountability for achieving the best health outcomes, and supporting the workforce to deliver the best care.

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Health 2040: Achievements and next steps

Health 2040: achievements and next steps is a companion resource to Health 2040: advancing health, access and care. It sets out the key government initiatives that will deliver the Health 2040 vision.

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Victoria's health system

The healthcare system exists to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians. The Victorian Government is responsible for delivering the system that looks after Victorians. It sets the direction and funds the services that people use every day.

The government funds more than 500 organisations to provide healthcare to Victorians. This includes hospitals and emergency services, and services provided in the community and in people's homes.  Many of these services require specialised buildings and equipment; Victoria's public health infrastructure is worth around $11.3 billion.

Our public healthcare workforce is one of the largest in Australia.  The 100,000 people who work in our public services are the heart of Victorian healthcare.  Another 160,000 work in private health, including those working in general practice, allied health, community pharmacy, specialist care, diagnostic services and private hospitals.

The health system provides everything from health promotion to hospital care. People move back and forth across different types of care on a daily basis and at different stages in their lives.