Key messages

  • The Victorian Population Health Survey (VPHS) provides an annual assessment of the health status and wellbeing of adults living in Victoria and provides data for key population health indicators.
  • Maintaining data quality brought about by the uptake of mobile phone usage has led to improvements to the sampling frame in the VPHS 2015, 2016 and 2017.
  • The Survey's findings are used to inform evidence-based policy development and strategic planning across the Department of Health and Human Services and wider community.

The Victorian Population Health Survey has been conducted each year since 2001 and is based on a random sample of adults aged 18 years and over.

The Survey is administered using computer-assisted telephone interviews. In 2017, the sample was expanded to approximately 34,000 respondents to allow for the reporting of analysed data at the local government area level.

The findings from the Victorian Population Health Survey 2017 are presented as dashboards for each of the 79 councils in Victoria, their corresponding Health Area and Division, as well as for the state of Victoria.


The indicators presented as dashboards are:

  • Smoking prevalence
  • Fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Intake of sugar sweetened beverages
  • Consumption of take-away or snack food
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Life satisfaction
  • Self-reported health status
  • Health checks
  • Bowel and breast cancer screening
  • Selected chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes
  • Dental health