Key messages

  • The Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019 outlines the government's key priorities over the next four years to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians.
  • The plan articulates the government's vision for a Victoria free of the avoidable burden of disease and injury, so that all Victorians can enjoy the highest attainable standards of health, wellbeing, and participation at every age.
  • The plan identifies areas that government and partners work on together to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.
  • Healthy living is supported from early years and throughout life, as many chronic disease and injuries are preventable.
  • The Victorian public health and wellbeing outcomes framework and Implementing the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019: taking action - the first two years are the next steps in delivering on the objective of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and implementing the vision of the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019.

On 1 September 2015 the Minister for Health released the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019.

The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires the Minister for Health to prepare a State public health and wellbeing plan every four years from September 2011.

The vision of the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019 is for a Victoria free of the avoidable burden of disease and injury so that all Victorians can enjoy the highest attainable standards of health, wellbeing, and participation at every age.

The Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019 outlines the government’s key priorities over the next four years to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, particularly the most disadvantaged.

As many chronic disease and injuries are preventable, the plan focuses on supporting healthy living from the early years and throughout life.

The health and wellbeing priorities for 2015–2019 are:

  • healthier eating and active living
  • tobacco-free living
  • reducing harmful alcohol and drug use
  • improving mental health
  • preventing violence and injury
  • improving sexual and reproductive health.

The plan also identifies the importance of maintaining healthy environments, and responding to the impacts of climate change on people's health and wellbeing.

Taking action - the first two years

Implementing the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019: taking action - the first two years summarises the major initiatives commenced or due to commence across the Victorian Government and major government agencies during the first two years of the health and wellbeing plan (until 2017).

Victorian public health and wellbeing outcomes framework

The Victorian public health and wellbeing outcomes framework provides a new approach to monitoring and reporting on our collective efforts to improve health and wellbeing over the long term.

The Outcomes framework provides a comprehensive set of public health and wellbeing outcomes, indicators, targets and measures for our major population health and wellbeing priorities and their determinants. Where data is available, the Outcomes framework also enables assessment of health and wellbeing inequalities.

Data dictionary

The Victorian public health and wellbeing outcomes framework: Data dictionary provides the technical specifications for each of the measures in the Victorian public health and wellbeing outcomes framework. This will be available shortly.