Key messages

  • Health surveys help to monitor the health status of Victorians over time.
  • Survey findings are used to provide evidence to inform decisions about local priorities for municipal public health and wellbeing plans.
  • Information is collected via computer-assisted telephone interviews, conducted annually with adults.

The Victorian Population Health Survey has been conducted each year since 2001 and is based on a sample of 7,500 adults aged 18 years and over who are randomly selected from households from each of the eight Department of Health regions in the state. In 2011-12, the sample size for the survey was expanded to approximately 34,000 respondents to include the 79 local government areas in Victoria. Please refer to the Methods section of the report for a more detailed description of the survey methodology.

Information in the report is presented on health and lifestyle including physical activity, smoking prevalence, alcohol consumption, fruit and vegetable intake, intake of sugar-sweetened drinks, selected health and screening checks, body weight, asthma and diabetes prevalence, psychological distress, oral health and eye health.

Supplementary report: The health and wellbeing of adult Victorians affected by the bushfires in 2009

This supplementary report is based on questions from the 2011-12 survey and provides a profile of the health and wellbeing of adult Victorians affected by the fires, three years on from the event. The survey findings offer insights into how people are faring and highlight some of the disparities in health that exist between those affected by the fires and other Victorians.

Victorian Population Health Survey 2011-12, Social capital report

The areas of social capital in the report focus on the social environment including:

  • support networks
  • social and civic trust
  • community and civic engagement
  • diversity

The findings are reported for the 79 local government areas across the state, in addition to state and departmental regional levels. 

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