The Victorian Population Health Survey (VPHS) is a key component of population health surveillance and reporting undertaken by VAHI. The findings provide an annual assessment of the health status and wellbeing of adults living in Victoria and has been undertaken continuously in Victoria since 2001.
Every three years, most recently in 2017, the survey’s sample size is expanded from 7,500 to 34,000 respondents to provide local area health data for each of the 79 municipalities in Victoria. The health data from the VPHS 2017 is a valuable resource to assist councils in the development of their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans.
The findings for each health measure are displayed as dashboard presentations for each of the 79 councils, their corresponding health area and division, as well as for the state of Victoria.
The measures presented are:
- Smoking prevalence
- Fruit and vegetable consumption
- Intake of sugar-sweetened beverages
- Consumption of take-away or snack food
- Physical activity
- Alcohol consumption
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Life satisfaction
- Self-reported health status
- Health checks
- Bowel and breast cancer screening
- Selected chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes.
The survey provides a wealth of information that can be used to inform evidence-based policy development and strategic planning across the Department of Health and Human Services and the wider community. For example, findings on mental health show that:
- more than almost one in five men (21%) and more than one-third of women (34%) have ever been diagnosed by their doctor with depression and/or anxiety
- the lifetime prevalence of depression and/or anxiety is increasing over time.
For more information about the survey, please contact Loretta Vaughan, Manager, Victorian Population Health Survey, via firstname.lastname@example.org.