Victorian Public health and wellbeing plan 2019–2023

Good health and wellbeing are important for everyone. We all contribute to making Victoria a great place to live and governments have primary legislative responsibility for leading the way in creating environments in which people can be healthy and well.

In Victoria, the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 gives state and local government specific responsibilities to plan for and contribute to protecting and improving health and wellbeing. The Act requires a State public health and wellbeing plan and municipal public health and wellbeing plans to be prepared sequentially every four years. These plans inform each other and provide the basis for an integrated planning approach in our state.

The plan provides continuity for the priorities of the previous plan, while recognising two leading threats to health and wellbeing globally: the health impacts of climate change and antimicrobial resistance (the ability to effectively treat infections in our community).

The plan gives additional focus to four priorities (focus areas) designed to drive coordinated action where we know we can make the greatest gains.

  • Tackling climate change and its impact on health
  • Reducing injury
  • Preventing all forms of violence
  • Increasing healthy eating
  • Decreasing the risk of drug resistant infections in the community
  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Increasing active living
  • Improving sexual and reproductive health
  • Reducing harmful alcohol and drug use
  • Reducing tobacco-related harm

The plan recognises key links between a number of these priority areas, including recognition that many actions to increase active living and healthy eating can contribute to reducing climate change.

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