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In January 2019, responsibility for population-level surveillance of non-communicable diseases and their determinants in Victoria moved to VAHI from the Department of Health and Human Services. With the move, VAHI assumed responsibility for the Victorian Population Health Survey (VPHS) and other surveillance reports.

Population health surveillance is the ongoing systematic collection, assembly, analysis, and interpretation of population health data, and the communication of the information derived from these data. Information collected about the health status of the Victorian population is used to inform policy development and assist planning efforts to improve health services. This population-level information will allow VAHI to provide a fuller picture of Victoria’s health.

VAHI collects population health data through large-scale population surveys. Health surveys are important tools to identify, capture and manage a growing evidence base for health. Measuring the health of the Victorian population helps build the evidence on how the work of health services, the Department and the health system as whole, impacts the lives of Victorians.

Victorian Population Health Survey

The Victorian Population Health Survey (VPHS) has been conducted each year since 2001. Information from the survey provides an annual assessment of the health status and wellbeing of adults living in Victoria and provides data for key population health indicators. The survey’s findings are used to inform evidence-based policy development and strategic planning across government and the wider community.

Findings from the survey cover a range of areas including:

  • lifestyle factors (smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity, obesity)
  • chronic disease and self-reported health
  • health checks and screening
  • oral health
  • palliative care
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • family violence
  • health and wellbeing of adults in Victoria who identify as LGBTIQ
  • health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island adults who live in Victoria
  • social determinants of health.

Find out more about the Victorian Population Health Survey

Contact the Health Intelligence Unit to request access to VPHS reports and information, including access to unit record data and help with any related analyses.

International Health Policy Survey reports

The Commonwealth Fund’s annual International Health Policy Survey of 11 countries, including Australia, examines the health system through a global lens to identify opportunities for improvement. From the results of the survey, VAHI produces reports that compare the Victorian health system against other high-income countries, including the US.

Victorian Health Information Surveillance System

The Victorian Health Information Surveillance System (VHISS) is an interactive self-serve system of population surveillance data. It includes data from the Victorian Population Health Survey, Burden of Disease study, Avoidable Mortality study and Potentially Preventable Hospitalisations study. Users can view data down to the local government area level.

Health Status Atlas

The Health Status Atlas is an interactive dashboards and reports that creates statistical maps of Victoria. The dashboards and reports provide a location-based visualisation of population health data.

Get in touch

Health Intelligence Unit
Victorian Agency for Health Information
03 9096 7258
health.intelligence@vahi.vic.gov.au  
50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Page last updated: 19 Mar 2019

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