Victoria’s Citizens’ Jury on Obesity has delivered 20 clear actions (or 'asks') to promote healthier eating and tackle rising rates of obesity. The jury’s asks provide governments, industry and public health advocates with a blueprint for action, determined by citizens and based on expert evidence.
Download: Victoria’s Citizens’ Jury on Obesity insights report 2016 (PDF, 4.3 MB)
Victoria’s Citizens’ Jury on Obesity, an initiative of VicHealth, provided 100 everyday Victorians with an independently designed and facilitated process to allow them to make their own decisions on obesity, and how they would like government, industry and community to respond. The intent was to mobilise communities and individuals to take action, encourage industry to initiate change, and create an enabling environment for stronger government action.
On 17 and 18 October 2015, 78 people randomly selected from the broader Victorian population came together as citizen jurors to consider the additional evidence, consolidate their views and develop their ‘asks’. The jury presented 20 ‘asks’ to a steering group comprising key government, industry, public health and community decision makers and convened by VicHealth. The group included representatives from AMA Victoria, Australian Beverages Council, Australian Food and Grocery Council, CHOICE, City of Melbourne, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University, Coles, Foodbank Victoria, Obesity Policy Coalition, Tennis Australia, VicHealth and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
This report describes the deliberative process and presents some of the key insights and learnings from the journey.