Prevention and Health Promotion Network

Increased and focused prevention and health promotion activities will be critical to Victoria’s social and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as achieving the government’s vision for ‘A Victoria free of the avoidable burden of disease and injury so that all Victorians can enjoy the highest attainable standards of health, wellbeing and participation at every age’.

That’s why the VHA has launched a state-wide Prevention and Health Promotion Network which aims to bring together members with an interest in prevention and health promotion to build a unified, cohesive and professional support system.

Prevention and health promotion professionals come from diverse organisations, dispersed locations, and varied settings. The network will provide a platform to highlight best practice, share information between members and with key stakeholders, encourage collaboration and facilitate a more integrated approach to health promotion in Victoria.

Through the network, the VHA will ensure members are up to date with government policy directions and support them with implementation. The network will also help to inform shared positions on how prevention can be embedded throughout the health system and provide advice and expertise to guide the VHA’s broader policy and advocacy activities.

The network was launched at an online event on Wednesday 24 November, featuring a presentation and Q&A with Dr Sandro Demaio, CEO of VicHealth. Participants were then invited to join facilitated discussions to explore the strengths of Victoria’s prevention and health promotion system, and how the system needs to adapt to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.

 

Get involved

The network’s first meeting for 2022 will happen in March. We will be in touch soon with a save the date.

To guide the work of the group, we’ll be forming a Network Leadership Group to be made up of representatives from rural, regional and metro members.

VHA members with an interest in prevention and health promotion are encouraged to contact VHA Policy & Advocacy Advisor Joanna Hatcher on joanna.hatcher@vha.org.au or call 03 9094 7777.