Victorian Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019 unveiled

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victorian-wellbeing-planThe Victorian state government has this week released its Victorian Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019, outlining key priorities over the next four years to help improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians with a particular focus on the disadvantaged. The result of extensive consultation with health organisations and providers, the plan is broken up into various sections and, for the most part, promotes preventative care, with The Hon Jill Hennessy MP, the state Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, noting that “we must do more to reduce the number of people who are being admitted to hospital for conditions that could have been avoided.

 

The Victorian Wellbeing Plan’s six key focus areas are:

  • Healthier eating and active living;
  • Tobacco free living;
  • Reducing harmful alcohol and drug use;
  • Improving mental health;
  • Preventing violence and injury; and,
  • Improving sexual health and reproductive health.

The plan also identifies the importance of addressing climate change because of its impacts on health and wellbeing, including through heatwave, fire and long-term challenges to food security. Oral health, too, is highlighted in the plan, which notes that the costs and burden associated with poor oral health are well known. Oral disease is a key marker of disadvantage, with greater levels experienced by people on low income, dependent older people, Aboriginal people, people in rural areas, people with a disability, and immigrant groups from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (particularly refugees).

“Poor diet and consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks are important contributors to poor oral health. In addition to addressing the broader determinants of health, improving oral health requires access to fluoride (in water and toothpaste), good dental hygiene and regular access to preventive dental care”.

The full report can be read here.

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