Health and medical information for consumers, quality assured by the Victorian government
A gateway to the strategies, policies, programs and services delivered by the Department of Health & Human Services.
Victorian government portal for older people, with information about government and community services and programs.
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A list of public hospitals and health services in Victoria.
Safer Care Victoria is the peak state authority for leading quality and safety improvement in healthcare.
VAHI analyses and shares quality and safety information across Victoria's healthcare system to ensure everyone has an accurate picture of how we're getting it right, and where we need to improve.
The Victorian healthcare system focuses on providing patient-centered care that is timely, appropriate and effective.
Victorian health services aim to meet or exceed quality and safety standards to ensure our health sector provides world-class care.
The Victorian Government is working to improve access to quality healthcare in rural Victoria.
Private hospitals and day procedure centres in Victoria must be registered and comply with regulations on patient safety and care.
Victorian health service boards have well defined responsibilities and the department acknowledges board education as a crucial activity.
The Department of Health & Human Services manages Victorian health data collections by suppling standards, specifications and quality processes.
The Victorian Government plans, develops policy, regulates and funds over 500 health services and organisations.
Information and resources to support public hospitals and health services to report their financial data to the department.
Victorian health service providers are adopting leading-edge systems and technologies to help ensure that our health system delivers world-class care.
Information about primary care, working with general practice and private providers, Primary Care Partnerships, service coordination, integrated chronic disease management, and workforce development.
Information about Victoria’s community health services, including registration and governance, the Community Health Program, demand management, service improvement and services targeted at population groups at risk of poorer health outcomes.
Information about public dental care in Victoria, including eligibility and access, fees, waiting lists, and data reporting.
Information about public cemeteries, crematoria and cemetery trusts in Victoria for various stakeholders.
Victorian legislation ensures that medicines and poisons are used safely. Healthcare professionals must be aware of the relevant laws for their occupation.
In Victoria, the department has an important role in protecting the health of Victorians from the potential health effects of environmental hazards.
All Victorian food businesses must follow the food safety regulations for their class of food premises.
Victorian information about vaccination for children, adolescents and adults.
Guidelines and advice for health professionals about infectious diseases.
Evidence gathering, statistical data and evaluations are important tools for planning preventative health and wellbeing measures.
Screening programs include the national cervical, breast and bowel cancer screening programs, newborn bloodspot screening, prenatal screening and infant hearing screening.
Disease prevention and early detection targeting specific areas such as obesity, physical activity, sexual health and heart disease.
The department administers the Radiation Act 2005. Users and managers of radiation practices are licensed under this Act.
Anti-smoking laws and policies have contributed to a continuing decline of smoking rates across Victoria.
The department protects the public by safeguarding drinking water, facilitating the safe use of alternative water supplies and ensuring healthy swimming.
GPs and primary carers provide most mental health services. Specialist services are also available.
Victoria’s public mental health services are committed to high standards of practice and service.
Consumers and carers play a critical role in the delivery of mental health services in Victoria.
In Victoria the promotion of mental health and wellbeing is a priority.
Victoria is committed to providing world-leading standards of care for all people living with a mental illness.
The Mental Health Act 2014 supports advocacy, diversity, privacy and complaints processes.
Victoria's Chief Mental Health Nurse provides leadership in the mental health nursing sector
Reporting requirements for Victorian public mental health services and an overview of government-funded mental health research.
A career in mental health has rewards for everyone.
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Victoria’s specialist alcohol and other drug treatment services cover a broad spectrum of community-based and residential treatment options.
This webpage links to more information from the Victorian Government about policy, research and legislation for the alcohol and other drug sector.
Standards and guidelines direct alcohol and other drug service providers to ensure safe, accessible and professional treatment services.
The Victorian alcohol and other drug treatment services workforce operates in a complex environment. The government is supporting the sector to meet these challenges.
The Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) sector is growing, with additional funding opening up diverse job opportunities across a range of programs and settings. With so many different jobs available, we’re after lots of different people. Do you have what it takes?
Drug policy and services newsletters, covering topics such as the National Ice Taskforce, the 10 year mental health plan, and sector engagement.
This section provides information about funding models for alcohol and other drug service providers and details about the reporting requirements.
The Victorian Government supports older Victorians to live independently in the community through a range of support programs.
Supported residential services provide accommodation and support services for Victorians who need help with everyday activities. They are regulated by the Victorian Government.
Residential aged care is for older people who can no longer live at home. These services are funded and regulated by the Commonwealth Government and can be operated by not-for-profit, private or state government providers.
Aged Care Assessment Services teams assess older Victorians to identify care that will best meet their needs.
The Home and Community Care Program for Younger People provides funding for services which support frail older people, younger people with disabilities and their carers.
The Victorian Government provides a range of programs to maximise older people’s health and wellbeing and social participation across all life stages.
A Victorian government resource providing information and advice on designing and caring for people with dementia in residential aged care settings.
Aged Care Assessment Services assist older Victorians and their carers to identify care that best meets their needs...
ACAS assessments should include assessment of people's special needs. There are guides and protocols to help assessors...
An overview of elder abuse and what the Victorian Government is doing to prevent it...
RiskWatch newsletter keeps Victorian health services informed about clinical risk management issues...
This guide assists senior clinicians and their medical leads to monitor clinical performance and promote channels for advancing joint improvement targets...
The clinical practice toolkit outlines six tools used to evaluate an individual’s clinical performance at different stages of the credentialling cycle...
Quality use of medicines is dedicated to reducing preventable harm to Victorians and improving healthcare outcomes...
In Victoria, forensic nurse examiners are allowed to administer azithromycin under certain conditions...
In Victoria, midwives are authorised to adminster pethidine or morphine in emergency labour under certain conditions...
In Victoria, nurse immunisers may possess and administer vaccines and other Schedule 4 poisons for the treatment of anaphylactic reactions to the vaccines...
Victorian tuberculosis control program nurses may administer tuberculosis vaccines and skin tests under certain conditions...
Koori maternity services improve access to culturally appropriate maternity care for Aboriginal women and babies...
Acute maternity care in Victoria is provided at metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals, as well as emergency retrieval and referral services...
Factsheets, images and templates for vaccine providers for promotion of flu vaccination...
Factsheets including translations, about vaccine-preventable diseases and immunisation...
The routine schedule of vaccines provided free under the National Immunisation Program and the Victorian funded immunisation program...
To order government-supplied vaccines, you need a department account number...
Current forms for ordering vaccines in Victoria...
Prevention and control guidelines for health care facilities, business and local government including , gastro and respiratory outbreaks, and infection control...
In Victoria, doctors and laboratories are required to notify certain infectious diseases and other conditions. Specific notification procedures must be followed...
Schools and children’s centres have a responsibility to exclude children who have infectious diseases in Victoria...
Information and advice for health professionals about the current hepatitis A outbreak in Victoria...
List of notifiable conditions. Notify online or download a form to send in via print or fax...
GPs and primary carers provide most mental health services. Specialist services are also available...
Acute Community Intervention Service (ACIS) provides urgent advice, referral and treatment ...
Telephone and online support services are available for people affected by mental health issues...
A hard copy of a publication can be ordered online by filling out this form - we do not ship outside of Australia. Some items are available in limited quantities only...
Professor Charles Guest is Victoria's Chief Health Officer and acts as the government's primary media spokesperson on matters relating to the control of disease and promotion of health such as communicable diseases, environmental contamination, radiation, food safety, ethics and public health emergencies.
Page last reviewed: 09 Nov 2015
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