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Supporting the health of Aboriginal Victorians

Family at the beach

VicHealth works for the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.

Health is a means to enjoying a full and flourishing life, however, not all Victorians have the same opportunities to be healthy and well. VicHealth believes that regardless of cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, ability, income, educational attainment, occupation or location, all Victorians should have the opportunity to experience good health and wellbeing.  Aboriginal Victorians are more likely to experience poorer health outcomes than non-Aboriginal people and there is a need to design and deliver effective culturally appropriate health promotion interventions for the Aboriginal community.

VicHealth provides funding for a range of initiatives that aim to improve the health and mental wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians.

These include mentoring programs for school students; projects to increase physical activity; employment and capacity building initiatives; and efforts tackling the devastating impact of family violence.

VicHealth proudly acknowledges Victoria’s Aboriginal communities and their rich culture and pays respect to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge Aboriginal people as Australia’s first peoples and as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and water on which we rely. We recognise and value the ongoing contribution of Aboriginal people and communities to Victorian life and how this enriches us. We embrace the spirit of reconciliation, working towards the equality of outcomes and ensuring an equal voice.

To learn more about how we’re creating a more equitable Victoria, see our Fair Foundations health equality framework.

Artwork by Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022
VicHealth acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land. We pay our respects to all Elders past, present and future.
This website may contain images, names and voices of deceased people.

VicHealth acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

Artwork Credit: Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022, acrylic on canvas. Learn more about this artwork.