New Community Health – Health Promotion Program sector reference group

January 23, 2023

The VHA is assisting with sector engagement and administrative support to a new sector reference group, which will be advising the Department of Health (the department) during the Community Health – Health Promotion (CH-HP) guidelines transition phase (1 October 2022 to 30 June 2023).

Supported by funding from the Department of Health, the CH-HP Community Health Reference Group comprises 12 representatives from metropolitan and regional, as well as registered and integrated, community health services.

The group’s first meeting was held on 21 December 2022 and will continue monthly until June 2023 to make recommendations to the department during the guideline transition phase.

The group will workshop sector queries and issues, focusing on the evaluation and monitoring suite of measures and the transitional 2022-23 CH-HP Program guidelines.

Community health services can feed into the sector reference group discussion by sending feedback, questions, concerns via email to departmental contacts: Milica Markovic, Principal Policy Advisor, State-wide Health Promotion, and Joanne Richardson, Manager, State-wide Health Promotion.

Written feedback will be discussed by the group, and the advice of group members will help to guide whether a sector response or resource is required or whether any enhancements could be made to the evaluation and monitoring suite (subject to departmental approval). All resources and updates will be available on the department’s dedicated Community Health (IHP) SharePoint site.

The VHA is also scheduled to host three whole-of-sector online ‘implementation forums’ for operational leaders and senior health protection clinicians in February, April and June 2023. Forum dates are tentatively set as 22 February, 26 April and 28 June, with confirmed dates and invites issued closer to the events.

Key contacts

  • Feedback about the CH-HP guideline and evaluation and monitoring suite can be forwarded to, copying in
  • General enquiries about the CH-HP guideline and evaluation and monitoring suite can also be forwarded to the department’s regional contacts.
  • Enquiries about the sector reference group can be directed to the department or to Ann Yeomanson, General Manager – Strategic Projects, Victorian Healthcare Association.


More information

Find out more about the CH-HP Community Health Reference Group and other projects on our Strategic Projects page.