Key messages

  • The Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019 outlines the government's key priorities 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.
  • The Victorian public health and wellbeing outcomes framework and the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019: Action Plan update contribute to 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.
  • The Victorian public health and wellbeing progress report is the first progress report against selected indicators in the Victorian public health and wellbeing outcomes framework.
  • Progress measures have been developed for selected priorities of the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019 and will be released soon.

Action plan update

The action plan continues to reflect the importance of a life course approach across the six priority areas for action and the three platforms for change established in the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015-2019. Visit the action plan update section for updated information on the areas for action during the final two years of the plan.

View the action plan update

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 plan 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 plan outlines the government’s key priorities 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 platforms to deliver health benefits for all Victorians:

  • healthy and sustainable environments
  • place-based approaches
  • people-centred approaches.

The next plan will be released in September 2019.

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 public health and wellbeing initiatives across the Victorian Government and major government agencies during the first two years of the health and wellbeing plan.

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 detailed technical specifications for every measure identified in the Outcomes framework, specifically:

  • rationale for inclusion
  • definition of the measure (including numerator, denominator and mode of reporting)
  • data source(s) and availability (including baseline year)
  • what data breakdowns are available from each data source
  • comparability with other state, national or international data
  • links with other measures in the Outcomes framework
  • further information (where relevant).

Victorian public health and wellbeing progress report

The Victorian public health and wellbeing progress report is the first report against selected indicators in the Victorian public health and wellbeing outcomes framework.

It provides a snapshot of how the Victorian population is faring with respect to key indicators of health and wellbeing:

  • healthy eating
  • active living
  • tobacco-free living
  • alcohol and drug use
  • mental health
  • injury prevention
  • sexual and reproductive health.

The progress report identifies where we have achieved improvements and where the situation has worsened. It is important to note that we would not expect population level change to happen rapidly.

We face some significant challenges in maintaining and continuing to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians. Overcoming these challenges requires a collective and sustained effort from government and non-government organisations, businesses, health professionals, communities, families and individuals.

The progress report is available from the Downloads section on this page, or the health.vic publications library.

Progress measures for health and wellbeing outcomes

Improving public health and wellbeing can take many years and requires concerted and collective effort across a range of sectors. Measuring progress over the shorter term (6 to 24 months) provides feedback on whether collective efforts are on track to achieving population outcomes and targets.

Progress measures focus on tracking evidence-informed changes that contribute substantially to reaching the desired health and wellbeing outcomes identified in the Victorian public health and wellbeing outcomes framework.

The department has developed progress measures for:

  • healthier eating
  • active living
  • tobacco-free living.

An application guide and progress measures will be released in the near future. Local partnerships can use these resources to assess progress towards their agreed local outcomes.

Prevention.health website

Prevention.health provides a platform for sharing best practice, experience and learning across Victoria’s prevention and population health sector. The website includes blog stories and resources for multiple settings including local government areas, schools, workplaces, sport and community settings, hospitals and health services and more.

The site focuses on dynamic, practice-focused content from across the sector and across government. You can visit the site at prevention.health.vic.gov.au.