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.
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.
An update to the action plan will be released in early 2018.
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.
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).
Developing progress measures for health and wellbeing priorities
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.
The department is currently developing progress measures for selected priorities of the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2015–2019.
Progress measures will 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 plan 2015–2019 and the Victorian public health and wellbeing outcomes framework.
A draft suite of measures will be available for feedback in January 2018.
Annual Public Health and Wellbeing Forums
Over 130 people came to the 2017 annual Public Health and Wellbeing Forum which focussed on outcomes thinking in action.
Representatives from a wide range of agencies - including local government, health services, not-for-profit organisations, non-government peak bodies, universities, primary care partnerships, primary care networks and state government departments - came to learn more about outcomes thinking and to share experiences using outcomes thinking.
Presenters from three organisations spoke about how outcomes thinking has been applied in their organisation - including what has and hasn't worked, key learnings, challenges and benefits. There was great interest in how each of the presenters worked collaboratively with other agencies, how resource sharing was encouraged, and how they measured the outcomes achieved.
Forum participants generously shared their experience of applying outcomes thinking and discussed potential enablers that could strengthen its application. This included strong collaboration, workforce development, and data accessibility.
Presenters and Forum participants stressed the need for the story of health and wellbeing to be told - not only through data but through story.
The Forum provided a great opportunity for people from the broad range of sectors that contribute to improved health and wellbeing to share their knowledge and expertise about working towards outcomes.
The first Public Health and Wellbeing Forum was held on 7 November 2016, with over 180 people from a range of organisations, including councils, hospitals and health services, Primary Care Partnerships, peak bodies representing health and social services and others, attending.
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 were presented and discussed.
Summaries of the presentations from both forums are available in the Downloads section on this page.
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