VicHealth contributes to government policy in a range of ways, including through research partnerships that enhance or build the evidence base, strategic advice and the provision of support across all of our strategic imperatives.



Examples of the work of the Policy Development Office over the last year include the:

  • development of submissions to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 
  • Victorian Government Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee inquiry into domestic violence in Australia 
  • Federal Senate Select Committee on Health 
  • Victorian Government consultation on the requirements for wholesale liquor supply reporting 
  • Australian National Diabetes Strategy 
  • participation on Ministerial and government advisory panels. 

Working with government at local, state and national level, as well as non-government and community organisations, VicHealth is recognised as a leader in health promotion internationally.



In recognition of three decades of generating and sharing evidence-based knowledge with local and international partners, VicHealth was designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Leadership in Health Promotion in September 2014
  

Although this designation connects VicHealth to organisations throughout the world, it focuses on the Western Pacific Region, home to approximately 1.8 billion people where non-communicable diseases (NCDs), particularly cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, are the leading cause of death and disability. 

As a WHO Collaborating Centre, VicHealth provides advice and knowledge to organisations around the world and recently hosted delegations from three countries. In 2015, VicHealth hosted TongaHealth, giving VicHealth an opportunity to share knowledge as well as build understanding of health issues in the Western Pacific Region. 


Challenges as a WHO Collaborating Centre in the Western Pacific Region 


Risk factors for non-communicable diseases in the Western Pacific Region remain unacceptably high



1 in 5 adults have elevated blood pressure          50% of men smoke daily     85% of adolescents do not engage in sufficient physical activity

A delegation from the Korean Health Promotion Foundation was hosted by Quit Victoria and VicHealth in 2015 to discuss experiences in tobacco control with a specific focus on plain packaging, education and cessation programs. 

The Singapore Health Promotion Board also visited in 2015 to discuss experiences in health promotion for children and young people, with a focus on school settings, mental wellbeing and physical activity.

Working with government at local, state and national level, as well as non-government and community organisations, VicHealth is recognised as a leader in health promotion internationally.



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