Key messages

  • Health promotion aims to improve the health of the whole population.
  • Programs funded to do this work include health services, community organisations and women’s health services.
  • There are resources available to guide organisations in how they undertake health promotion work.

There is growing evidence worldwide of the benefits and effectiveness of investing in health promotion programs, taking a collaborative approach that aligns the work of all partners in local communities.

Health promotion programs deliver benefits for the community through promoting positive wellbeing, strengthening community capacity and minimising the burden of serious diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Funding for community and women’s health services

Health Promotion (HP) is a funding source available to community and women’s health services across Victoria to support local delivery of evidence-based prevention and health promotion initiatives:

  • Over 130 community health services, small rural health services, women’s health services and statewide organisations are funded.
  • HP operates with a planning framework that includes priority setting, problem definition, solution generation and evaluation.

The state government also funds 31 primary care partnerships (PCPs).

Each PCP represents a specific subregion within Victoria and is based on alliances between a range of service providers in the catchment area that may include hospitals, community health services, women’s health services, local government and divisions of general practice.

Planning advice 2017-2021

Advice for public health and wellbeing planning in Victoria: planning cycle 2017-21 will assist councils and funded prevention and health promotion organisations with health and wellbeing planning and implementation for the 2017-21 cycle. It outlines Victorian policy directions, supplements the Guide to municipal public health and wellbeing planning for councils, and provides information on the requirements and expectations of funded prevention and health promotion organisations. This shared advice for councils and funded agencies emphasises the importance of collaboration to improve the health and wellbeing of local populations.  

Legislative context

Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 the State has a significant role to play in promoting and protecting the public health and wellbeing of all Victorians.

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 and wellbeing and participation at every age.