VicHealth's Innovation Challenges are an opportunity for you to pitch innovative, impactful and implementable solutions to make health gains across our Strategic Imperatives.

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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August 2014 – current

Getting communities more active is in the best interests of all Victorians. Across Australia, people are leading less active lives, with less than a third of Australians getting enough physical activity. 

It is estimated that the increased risks of chronic disease and poor mental health associated with inactivity is costing the Australian economy $13.8 billion each year.1

VicHealth's Innovation Challenge: Physical Activity is about kick-starting ideas that made getting active fun for everyone. The successful projects help provide more flexible, social and less-structured opportunities for Victorians of all ages to get active.

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Nov 2014 – May 2015

The 2014 VicHealth Innovation Challenge: Arts called for new ideas to get more Victorians physically active and socially connected. We challenged you to think of creative ways the arts could use digital technologies to get more Victorians moving more often.

The quality of submissions and the innovative ideas in them clearly demonstrated the vitality of Victoria's creative industries. From the 40 proposals received submitted a pool of $115,000 in start-up funding was awarded to two ideas in April 2015.

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Sep 2014 – Feb 2015

Research shows that almost half of Victorians (46%) drink in a way that increases their risk of injury, with this rising to two-thirds (67%) for young people aged 16 to 29. 

Over half (53%) of Victorians aged 16 to 29 believe getting drunk every now and then is not a problem.2 But a majority (87%) of Australians think alcohol is a serious issue facing our community, and improving Victoria’s drinking culture is a high priority for VicHealth.3

The Innovation Challenge: Alcohol offered an investment pool of $395,000, which will be shared among successful projects that have the most potential to decrease the amount Victorians drink, particularly those that drink heavily, or to increase the acceptability of saying no to a drink, or drinking a bit less.

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April 2013 – October 2014

How do we improve fruit and vegetable supply and access, as well as develop and promote a culture of healthy eating in Victoria?

The VicHealth Seed Challenge was about innovation, developing new ways of working together, prototyping the brightest ideas, and using digital technology to improve local fresh food production and distribution so that nutritious food is sustainable, available, and affordable for all Victorians.

Recently VicHealth announced extended support to the two Healthy Eating Seed Challenge winners, 3000 Acres and Open Food Network, until June 2015. The investment will accelerate their progression to viable business models whilst delivering new solutions to improving the supply, access and culture of fruit and vegetables in Victoria.

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1 Medibank 2008, The cost of physical inactivity, Medibank Private, Sydney.
2 VicHealth 2014, A snapshot of Victoria’s alcohol culture: Selected findings, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Melbourne.
3 VicHealth 2014, Australians’ attitudes towards their health, consuming alcohol and taking a break from alcohol, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Melbourne.