Key messages

  • The Victorian Population Health Survey assists the development of policy that seeks to reduce the health inequalities of Aboriginal Victorians.
  • The survey collected data which provided a better understanding of the disparities that impact on health outcomes and inform the ongoing development of polices and strategies to close the gap.

The Victorian Population Health Survey (VPHS) was expanded in 2008 to specifically collect information on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal adults living in Victoria. It presents material on health outcomes and the underlying social determinants of health for Aboriginal Victorians.

Value of the survey

The survey collected a broad range of data that can help give a better understanding of the disparities that impact on health outcomes and inform the ongoing development of polices and strategies to close the gap.

The Victorian Government is reviewing the Victorian Indigenous Affairs Framework in order to strengthen its whole-of-government framework by underpinning efforts to raise life expectancy and quality of life for Aboriginal Victorians.

Survey report

The 2008 VPHS survey resulted in the production of a supplementary report titled The Health and Wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians.

The findings in this report have contributed to the process of reducing the disparities and have informed government in setting new targets. Progress towards these targets is monitored using data from later surveys, which are conducted at the local government area every three years.

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