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VicHealth Indicators Survey 2015 – health of the Victorian population


The majority of Victorians have higher than the national average wellbeing, but deep inequalities are resulting in poorer health for disadvantaged communities according to a major new population survey conducted by VicHealth.

Results from the VicHealth Indicators Survey 2015, published today (15 November) reveal Victorians have a higher than national average wellbeing (77.3 out of 100 compared with 75.7).

These results show that a significant improvement in the Victorian average wellbeing score has been maintained from the first VicHealth Indicators Survey in 2007 (76.6 in 2007 and 77.5 in 2011).

The survey, based on telephone interviews of almost 23,000 Victorians, found significantly higher wellbeing among those living in regional areas, on higher incomes or of older age.

However the 2015 survey also found significantly lower levels of average wellbeing among those on lower incomes and living in socio-economically disadvantaged areas.

Its findings provide critical localised data to Victorian councils, primary health care providers and community health services to assist them with health and wellness planning for the future.

Click here to read more about the findings. You can also visit www.healthsnapshot.com.au to investigate health data of Victorians, sorted by postcode. This can assist in determining which areas you might target your program at in the future.


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