The beginning of a new year is an opportunity for us all to think big and set bold priorities for the year ahead.
At VicHealth, we’re looking forward to making further progress on our focus areas of healthier eating, regular physical activity and improved mental wellbeing in our community, as well as reducing the harm from alcohol and preventing tobacco use.
Knowledge is a critical foundation of everything we do here at VicHealth. It informs our everyday work, ensuring the projects we undertake are grounded in evidence, implemented with care and rigorously evaluated.
Knowledge and research set the course for new and better ways of thinking about problems and designing innovative solutions. In the year ahead, we will continue to actively explore the application of emerging practices like co-design, gamification in health, and collective impact.
We also continue to challenge ourselves, particularly on persistent health inequalities. We’re committed to ensuring that improvements in health and wellbeing outcomes are felt by all Victorians, and that the initiatives in which we take part are accessible to everyone, regardless of where they live, learn, work and play. The goal is easy to state but the pursuit of it can be demanding, requiring that we think deeply about how we develop and deliver solutions.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the commitment and plain hard work of a network of people focused on improving health and wellbeing outcomes for Victorians.
At VicHealth, we partner with inspiring individuals and organisations across a broad range of disciplines and interest areas, from sport to the arts, education, workplaces, justice, human rights, not-for-profits, research, media and industry. The multi-partisan support of the Victorian Parliament, fundamental to VicHealth’s way of doing things since inception, is proof that we can use our diverse experiences and perspectives to the benefit of the whole community. We see this happening right now in Victoria as a broad range of stakeholders investigate the connections between alcohol and family violence, and work together to identify the best possible responses to those findings.
And as Chair, I am proud to say that our own organisation is home to some of the best and brightest minds in health promotion who, together, tackle complex health and wellbeing issues in innovative, robust ways to benefit all Victorians.