Facilitating conversations between passionate and diverse stakeholders is both the greatest joy and the greatest privilege of our work here at VicHealth.
We take pride in bringing together key players from the public and private sectors, community groups, academia, workplaces, sports and the arts to apply their skills and insights to the improvement of health and wellbeing outcomes for all Victorians. It’s not easy, of course. But it is the most effective way to make progress – and it is fundamental to our way of working.
Our first set of stories for the year highlights the problem-solving power of broad-based collaborations, including:
- the collective efforts of health promotion and community groups to address the complex relationship between alcohol and family violence. Family violence as an urgent health and community issue has truly come to the fore following the Royal Commission into Family Violence and the Victorian Government’s strategy towards implementing the Commission’s recommendations. We congratulate the Government on the recent release of their First Action Plan that outlines the work towards a Victoria where we can live free from family violence.
- the work being done to ensure the demonstrable health and wellbeing benefits of time spent outdoors are felt by everyone in our community
- the interweaving of policy measures and community education programs that will form the basis of the next National Tobacco Strategy in our community
We’re also sharing an exclusive interview with the Victorian Parliament’s representatives who at the time of writing, sat on the VicHealth Board: Labor’s Natalie Suleyman, the Liberal party’s Wendy Lovell and Colleen Hartland, now retired MP from the Greens. They provide an insight into how cross-party political support helps further the State’s vision for health and wellbeing for all.
We hope these stories provide you with renewed inspiration for your goals in 2018, and to continue to work for better health and wellbeing in our state.
Chief Executive Officer