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.
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 providers are adopting leading-edge systems and technologies to help ensure that our health system delivers world-class care.
The Victorian Government plans, develops policy, regulates and funds over 500 health services and organisations.
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 Department’s approach to health system design, service and infrastructure planning.
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 safe. 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 safeguards drinking water, facilitates the safe use of alternative water supplies, and protects the public by 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.
Reporting requirements for Victorian public mental health services and an overview of government-funded mental health research.
Ongoing reforms to the Victorian public mental health service system impact on the mental health workforce.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Guidelines for the investigation of gastrointestinal illness and the accompanying guides have been produced for those involved in the investigation of a number of infectious diseases caused by gastroenteritis.
The publication guides investigators from the time the incident is detected, through the investigational requirements, to the implementation of control measures.
The guidelines’ contents include:
Parts 1 and 2: Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis
Part 3: Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis
Part 4: Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis
Part 5: Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis
Part 6: Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis
Bibliography and appendices: Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis
Industry specific guides have been written for proprietors and managers to assist them in the process of notifying and managing gastroenteritis outbreaks.
A guide for the management and control of gastroenteritis outbreaks in aged care, special care, health care and residential care facilities
A guide to for the management and control of gastroenteritis outbreaks in children's centres
A guide for the management and control of gastroenteritis outbreaks in camp facilities
If you suspect that a gastrointestinal outbreak is occurring at your facility refer to the guide for help and advice.
Sample and specimen collection request form
Outbreak notification – information collection form – camp
Outbreak notification – information collection form – care facility
Outbreak notification – information collection form – child care facility
Outbreak management checklist
Outbreak case list camp facility – ill attendees/staff
Outbreak case list care facility – ill residents/patients/staff
Outbreak case list child care facility – ill children/staff
Gastro outbreak onsite assessment
Victorian health services
GPO Box 4057 Melbourne Victoria 3000. (enquiries only - do not email notifications)
Gastro is common in young children and spreads easily.
Animal faeces can contain Campylobacter, which can be transmitted to people.
Cryptosporidiosis occurs when the parasites are transmitted from animals to people.
People can get salmonellosis from animals if they do not wash their hands after handling them.
Incorrect storage of food can cause spoilage and food poisoning.
The Gastro-Info Kit is a resource kit to assist residential aged care facilities in the event of a gastroenteritis outbreak. It is not a set of guidelines to manage an outbreak of gastroenteritis.
Page last reviewed: 08 Oct 2015
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