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Health promotion is a powerful and cost effective way to maintain a healthier community. It enables people to increase control over and improve their health.

Overview and current research

Research is essential to build knowledge and encourage innovative solutions. At VicHealth, research complements all of our health promotion investments. We support a mix of investigator-led research, strategic research and evaluation research to build evidence for health promotion interventions.

By supporting excellent research, improving the overall skills of researchers, providing networking opportunities for researchers and connecting research to policy and practice, we increase the impact of health promotion and public health programs.

Our annual investment in research projects, fellowships and scholarships, and centres of excellence in research and practice is approximately $6 million. Over the past 15 years we have invested more than $65 million in over 400 individual public health research projects to help improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.

Read about VicHealth's knowledge policy.


VicHealth Indicators survey

  Frequently-asked questions on the 2011 survey

As part of our commitment to promoting health and preventing illness, VicHealth is conducting VicHealth Indicators, a three-yearly population-level survey. This activity will continue the collection of data from questions in the Community Indicators Victoria (CIV) survey that was last undertaken in 2007. The survey in its current form will run for the first time during 2011 and then again in 2013. 

Data collection for the survey will be through computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) conducted by the Social Research Centre Pty Ltd, an experienced social research organisation engaged by VicHealth.

VicHealth Indicators will be in the field between May and early August 2011. The survey will be conducted in each of Victoria’s 79 Local Government Areas (LGAs), until a sample of approximately 23,700 participants aged over 18 years is achieved.

The survey contains questions relevant to participants’ health ranging from a self report of their general health and wellbeing, their participation in arts activities and labour force status, to broader community issues such as discrimination and attitudes towards violence against women.

Findings from the survey will contribute to the evidence base for VicHealth’s work in health promotion and disease prevention, and provide a range of data that can be used for further scientific research and policy development in health promotion.

Many of the questions in the CIV 2007 survey are replicated in the 2011 VicHealth Indicators survey. Community Indicators Victoria will be making the VicHealth Indicators data available through their website in the first half of 2012.

For further information on VicHealth Indicators, please contact Dr Tessa Hillgrove at VicHealth on (03) 9667 1345.

VicHealth's knowledge policy

VicHealth has a strengthened focus on ‘knowledge’. We have identified an openness to support a wider range of knowledge-related activities, a wider range of knowledge categories, and a new set of challenges for the organisation to do more than simply fund research. We have opted to organise our knowledge activities through four key elements: knowledge production, synthesis, translation/transfer and evaluation. Knowledge is now central to the identity of VicHealth, at the core of our functions and a driver of values. Go to Policy Paper and Discussion Paper.