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

Report: The health and wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer population in Victoria - Findings from the Victorian Population Health Survey 2017

Victoria is leading the nation in the collection of health measures on the physical, mental and social health of the LGBTIQ+ population. The findings from this survey have, for the first time in Victoria, enabled us to measure and report on the health status of LGBTIQ+ Victorians at the population level and to provide comparison, within the same survey, with Victoria’s non- LGBTIQ+ population.

The findings in this report will inform policy and service development to ensure health and human services are responsive to the needs of LGBTIQ+ Victorians and delivered in an inclusive and affirming way that enhances the health and wellbeing of these valued members of our community.

Full report can be found here.

Family violence in Victoria: findings from the Victorian Population Health Survey 2017

This report is the first population-representative study on family violence in the state of Victoria. It is based on the responses of 33,654 randomly selected adults aged 18 years or older to five questions, included for the first time in the 2017 Victorian Population Health Survey (VPHS).

The report investigates the prevalence of family violence, who experienced family violence, the frequency of its occurrence, the type of family violence experienced, the services accessed in response to family violence, and the knowledge of the general population about where to get outside advice or support for family violence.

Full report can be found at Better Safer Care website.

End of life and palliative care: a community perspective

In 2017, three questions were added to the survey questionnaire on end of life and palliative care. This was to gain an understanding of the uptake of end of life and palliative care plans in the community and to measure the informal support that is provided to people with life limiting Illness who were living at home.

Full report can be found at Better Safer Care website.