One of the key strengths of VicHealth lies in its ability to communicate research findings directly to policy-makers and health promotion practitioners, and this is backed up a by a rigorous evaluation of the design and delivery of all VicHealth investments.

VicHealth works closely with the research community to drive the creation, exchange and transfer of knowledge to increase the impact of its health promotion programs. 

Research is essential to build the knowledge that leads to new and innovative solutions for health promotion, and VicHealth invests in a diverse range of investigator-led, strategic and evaluative research. 

In 2014–15, VicHealth committed approximately $1.25 million to fund new ARC Linkage and NHMRC Partnership research projects and supported 13 of these grants to full application. As an industry partner supporting applications for Australian Research Council Linkage grants and the National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership grants, VicHealth is supporting major Victorian preventive and health promotion initiatives. 

In addition to supporting research through these partnerships, VicHealth-commissioned research and VicHealth Innovation Research Grants, VicHealth continues to seek creative ways to showcase health promotion research and evidence both in Australia and internationally.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter chairs the State Government’s Justice Health Ministerial Advisory Committee. This has resulted in the development of a Health Promotion in Correctional Care framework and an increased focus on preventative health in the prison setting, that will help maximise the State’s return on its health investment through public health benefits.

VicHealth research grant funding milestones 2014-15

$1 invested = $5 return

VicHealth Indicators 2015

In 2015, VicHealth embarked on the next VicHealth Indicators Survey. Conducted every three years, VicHealth Indicators collects information about health and wellbeing from a representative sample of the adult Victorian population. This information will be used to monitor progress toward our three-year priorities and 10-year goals. The survey also provides critical information to inform local government decisions about public health.

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