Key messages

  • Community health services are universal and cover a broad range of services.
  • When managing demand, service providers prioritise Victorians with the greatest risk of poor health outcomes and the greatest economic and social need.

Community health services funded by the Department of Health & Human Services are universal and provide a broad range of services.

When managing demand, the Community Health Program prioritises access for groups who:

  • experience poorer overall health outcomes
  • face barriers to accessing adequate healthcare
  • are economically or socially disadvantaged
  • have complex care needs.

The program’s priority population groups are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people with an intellectual disability
  • refugees and people seeking asylum
  • people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • people with a serious mental illness
  • children in out-of-home care.