Innovation is a core part of VicHealth, embedded in our operating model, organisational structure, processes and reporting, funding criteria, and systems. Our criteria for innovation focus on four areas: uniqueness, priority practice, theory of change and level of impact. As part of our innovation work, we are committed to sharing our knowledge and learnings with our partners and extended network. 

Leading Thinker initiative

VicHealth is lucky enough to have two Harvard University members and global experts on behavioural insights and gender equality to join together in our second VicHealth Leading Thinker residency. 

VicHealth’s Leading Thinker initiative connects international thought leaders with senior policymakers and key local experts to develop innovative solutions to complex health promotion issues, in this case, gender equality. Dr Jeni Klugman and Professor Iris Bohnet are sharing the VicHealth Leading Thinkers on Behavioural Insights and Gender Equality three-year residency. 

Dr Klugman visited VicHealth in May and presented at various events and forums. There was a lot of interest in the Leading Thinkers initiative and we look forward to sharing results and learnings with our partners as the trials into de-biasing recruitment and women’s profile in media progress. 

As part of our inaugural Leading Thinker residency, with Dr Halpern, we ran Victoria’s first Citizen’s Jury on Obesity in 2015, where 100 jurors spent six weeks deliberating on the question: ‘how can we make it easier to eat better?’ In October 2016, VicHealth and collaborator Mosaic Lab won the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Core Values Award for Health for this project. We were proud to win this award, which recognises outstanding projects and organisations who contribute to excellence in areas of Indigenous engagement, community development, health, infrastructure, environment, disaster and emergency services as well as for creativity, innovation and inclusion.