2018 survey underway

The Department of Health and Human Services is currently conducting the 2018 Victorian Population Health Survey to collect valuable information about the health and wellbeing of people living in Victoria. The information collected in this survey is used to understand the health status of the Victorian population and to improve the quality and delivery of health services to Victorians.

Find out more about the 2018 survey

2016 survey

The Victorian Population Health Survey 2016 report has now been released.

Read the 2016 survey

The Victorian Population Health Survey program was established in 1998 and collects quality information at the State, regional and local government area levels about the health, lifestyle and wellbeing of adult Victorians aged 18 years and over. The survey follows an established method to collect relevant, timely and valid health information which is applied to policy development and strategic planning.

Information is collected via computer assisted telephone interview on overall self-rated health status, level of psychological distress, body mass index (to determine weight status), the presence of chronic diseases, nutrition, physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption. Information is also collected on participation in screening for bowel cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer, high blood pressure, cholesterol and high blood sugar in addition to community participation, levels of social support and connections with others.

Interviews are conducted in the major non-English languages in Victoria to ensure people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are represented.

Why is the survey conducted?

Information from the VPHS is used extensively across the government and non-government sectors of Victoria. The survey provides data for a range of indicators of public health importance at state and local government levels.

The survey findings are used to:

  • provide evidence to inform decisions about local priorities for municipal public health and wellbeing plans
  • inform planning in non-government health organisations
  • inform planning, reporting and decision making in the Department of Health & Human Services
  • measure trends over time for key health indicators such as diabetes, smoking prevalence and overweight and obesity.

How is information collected?

The survey follows an established method to collect relevant, timely and valid health information, which is applied to policy development and strategic planning.

Information is collected via computer-assisted telephone interviews that are conducted annually with people aged 18 years and over. The interviewees are randomly selected from households from each of the eight Department of Health & Human Services regions in Victoria.

Interviews are also conducted in the major non-English languages in Victoria to ensure people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are represented.

What information is collected?

Information is collected on overall self-rated health status of Victorians, their level of psychological distress, body mass index (to determine weight status), the presence of chronic diseases, nutrition, physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption.

Information is also collected on participation in screening for bowel cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer, high blood pressure, cholesterol and high blood sugar. This is in addition to community participation, levels of social support and connections with others.

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