The Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2019–2023 sets the direction and provides a framework for coordinated action, ensuring Victorians of all ages are afforded the opportunity for optimal health and wellbeing so they can participate fully in their community, in education and/or in employment.
Victorians enjoy a quality of life, health and wellbeing that is high by national and international standards. However, it is important to recognise that health status varies markedly across the population, with socioeconomic disadvantage the greatest cause of health inequalities. People are living longer and often with one or more chronic diseases, meaning we must strive now more than ever to reduce the preventable burden of disease.
This plan sets out a comprehensive approach to deliver improved public health and wellbeing outcomes for all Victorians. The approach aims to:
- drive action towards the factors that contribute most strongly to the burden of disease and health inequalities
- ensure all parts of the sector work together towards clear outcomes
- take into consideration the wider determinants of health, both social and economic, in how we design and deliver public health and wellbeing interventions