On 1 September 2015 the Minister for Health released the government’s 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 encouraging healthy living from the early years and all 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 looking after the environment and addressing climate change and its impacts on health and wellbeing.