What is Health Promotion?
The process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, an individual or group must be able to identify and to realise aspirations, to satisfy needs, and to change or cope with their environment (WHO Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion).
What is Integrated Health Promotion?
In Victoria, the term ‘integrated health promotion’ refers to agencies in a catchment working in a collaborative manner using a mix of health promotion interventions and capacity building strategies to address priority health and wellbeing issues.
There is growing evidence worldwide of the benefits and effectiveness of investing in health promotion or prevention programs, through an integrated approach. Integrated health promotion programs deliver benefits for the community through promoting positive wellbeing, strengthening community capacity and minimising the burden of serious diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
To achieve effective integrated health promotion program delivery in the current Victorian context, the following points should be considered:
- Effective partnerships A mix of interventions and common planning framework
- A broad range of sectors
- Integrated Health promotion in Primary Care Partnerships is focused on collaborative health promotion activities of the member agencies for improved community health and wellbeing outcomes
For more information on PCP Integrated Health Promotion and the DHS IHP Resource Kit visit the Victorian Government’s PCPs and Integrated Health Promotion website.
What are Central Victorian PCP’s Integrated Health Promotion priorities?
These are the priority areas for prevention that have been identified across our catchment
- Mental health
- Physical Activity, Healthy Eating and Oral Health
- Prevention of family violence and its consequences, including the prevention of elder abuse
Please follow the links for more information and data on these priority areas.
Understanding Health Promotion – An introductory video from VicHealth
2014 Healthy Living Booklet – Mount Alexander Shire
Past CVPCP IHP Plans and reports