New context, new challenges.

Our lifestyle is changing

We spend most of our adult lives in the workplace. Those of us working in offices spend around 75% of our time sitting. Less than 20% of our kids walk to school. And to meet our weekly nutritional needs, an average family of four needs to spend $49.68 on veggies and $41.49 on fruit. 

Victoria’s population is growing

By 2060, 1 in 4 of us will be aged 65 and over. 75% of Victorians now live in the greater Melbourne area. As we move towards urban areas, we’re less likely to have access to green spaces.

Technology is transforming how we live, work and play

We’re global citizens in a real-time, online world. Web 2.0 merges consumers, producers and collaborators. Lean startup is redefining how we do business. Big data is changing how we see ourselves.

Bold new ways to address our health priorities

Shifting social trends, new business models and advances in technology are enabling us to unlock our knowledge & experience with bold ideas, dynamic approaches and new collaborators – social innovators, digital disruptors, entrepreneurs & changemakers.

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Leading Thinkers initiative

Connecting international thought leaders with senior policymakers and key local experts

The initiative is designed to to generate and provoke new thinking, inspire momentum, enable change, support and deepen relationships across sectors and deliver results for all Victorians.

VicHealth has worked with a consortium of partners on the initiative, ensuring the strategic focus benefits the Victorian community and beyond.

Professor Iris Bohnet and Dr Jeni Klugman have partnered with VicHealth as part of its Leading Thinker initiative.

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Victoria's Citizens' Jury on Obesity

"We have an obesity problem. How can we make it easier to eat better?"

As part of VicHealth's Leading Thinkers Initiative, we held a Citizens' Jury in October 2015 with the aim of engaging the community in a discussion and debate around potential solutions for overweight and obesity.

Over six weeks, the jury reviewed a number of responses to the question above which were submitted from many different parties. These submissions formed the 'evidence' and covered a number of viewpoints. 

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VicHealth Innovation Challenges

Kick-starting bright ideas

Launched in 2014, VicHealth's Innovation Challenges invite pitches for initiatives that encourage healthier behaviours in four areas: physical activity, reducing alcohol consumption, mental health and wellbeing via participation in the arts, and improving access to sustainable, nutritious foods.

The most promising ideas are rewarded with start-up funds, our support and a growing network of mentors and capacity builders to test out those solutions in practice.

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Elevate: Improving health equity in Victoria

Exploring & testing socially innovative ways to improve health equity

VicHealth’s vision is for a Victoria where all people have the means to a good and healthy life, regardless of cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, income, educational attainment, occupation, or where in the state they live.  

Elevate seeks to promote health equity by enabling innovative thinking and the design of new solutions at community, inter-organisation, or population levels. 

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Resilience insights and innovation lab

Improving the mental health and wellbeing of young Victorians

One in four young Victorians experience mental health difficulties – affecting their relationships, negatively impacting their studies, and disrupting their ability to work.

The Resilience Insights and Innovation Lab is a social design lab for developing innovative health promotion initiatives with young people, for young people.

The initiative is be aimed at building resilience in young people – improving their ability to maintain balance in the face of adversity, and empowering and enabling them to develop and realise their strengths.

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VicHealth Innovation Research Grants

Trialing new ideas and concepts

VicHealth Innovation Research Grants provide an opportunity for research teams to trial an innovative idea, research a new concept or methodology, or to develop better supporting evidence relevant to the theory, policy and practice of health promotion.

The scheme funds researchers to undertake a two-year research project addressing specific research priorities related to the VicHealth Action Agenda for Health Promotion.

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See the 2014 successful projects