VicHealth Programs & Projects: overview
VicHealth’s programs and projects focus on improving the health of all people in Victoria, while reducing the differences in health status between different population groups.
With research and evidence guiding programs, VicHealth invests in a range of activities in sectors as diverse as sport and active recreation, the arts, education, planning and built environment, community and local government.
These programs promote change in policy and practice that can influence people’s ability to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
The activities we have supported since the Foundation's establishment in 1987 have contributed significantly to public health improvements in Victoria. For instance, the reduction of smoking prevalence among adults is just one of our success stories in the effectiveness of comprehensive, well-funded and sustained programs for improving health.
We work with a range of partner organisations to deliver innovative responses to the complex social, economic, cultural and environmental factors that influence the health of all Victorians.
In particular, VicHealth seeks to influence those things that determine individual health outcomes that can be changed, related to non-communicable diseases, and that are aligned with national and state health priorities.
We have identified health priority areas in which we focus our funding, developmental work, research, evaluation and advocacy. The selection of priorities for VicHealth is guided primarily by their relevance to the vision, mission and aims and objectives of VicHealth, which reflect the Tobacco Act 1987 and are founded on principles of equity.
VicHealth’s continued innovation and responsiveness to current and emerging health promotion challenges has been the cornerstone of our success.