Key messages

  • The Victorian Population Health Survey of people with an intellectual disability highlights specific health issues and gaps in providing healthcare.
  • The aim of the survey is to compare the health and wellbeing of Victorians with an intellectual disability to the general Victorian population.

The Victorian Population Health Survey for general Victorian population has been conducted each year by the Department of Health over the past ten years.

This is the first time the same framework for the Victorian Population Health Survey has been applied to Victorians with an intellectual disability. The Victorian Population Health Survey of People with an Intellectual Disability 2009 represents a significant leap in understanding the health and wellbeing of Victorians with an intellectual disability.

Prior to the survey, undertaken collaboratively between the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health, there was an absence of data about the health and wellbeing of this important group with the Victorian community. This created a gap in the evidence needed to make informed decisions about public health priorities and interventions.

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