The Victorian Agency for Health Information is unique in Australia in that it was established as a specialist agency dedicated to serving both professional and community audiences – including the Victorian community, and those responsible for oversight, transparency, accountability and improvements in services dedicated to improving health and wellbeing.
We will ensure that data and information on the performance of Victoria's healthcare system are readily available to:
- health service boards, chief executives and lead clinicians
- the Department of Health and Human Services (the Department)
- Safer Care Victoria (SCV)
- other government agencies
- the Victorian community
Working with the Department of Health and Human Services
VAHI was established in July 2017 as an Administrative Office in relation to the Department under Section 11 of the Public Administration Act 2004 (the Act). It operates as part of the Victorian Government and, under Section 14(1) of the Act, the Chief Executive Officer is responsible to the Department’s Secretary for the general conduct and effective management of the functions and activities of the Administrative Office. Consistent with the recommendations in Targeting zero: supporting the Victorian hospital system to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care. VAHI performs its functions independently of the Department.
VAHI’s vision reflects the government’s vision for VAHI as set out in Better, safer care: delivering a world-leading healthcare system, and its values also reflect those of the Department. Our corporate plan includes initiatives assigned to VAHI in the Department’s strategic plan. VAHI will inform and, where relevant, support the work of the Department, health and ambulance services by monitoring and reporting on public and private services.
Working with Safer Care Victoria
In order to achieve the strategic objectives and outcomes outlined in the Corporate plan, VAHI will collaborate with and support the work of SCV. SCV is another Administrative Office that resulted from recommendations in Targeting zero. SCV will rely, in part, on the performance information produced by VAHI. At the same time, the impact of VAHI’s information on health services will often be influenced by SCV.
Page last updated: 07 Jan 2020