What is population health planning?
Population health planning aims to improve the health and wellbeing of whole populations, and to reduce inequities between specific population groups. It takes into account the environmental, economic, political, social, cultural and behavioural factors that contribute to the health and wellbeing of communities and populations. Population health planning is grounded in effective and meaningful community, inter-sectoral and whole-of-government partnership.
What is the Population Health Planning framework?
The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) Population Health Approaches to Planning (PHAP) framework aims to build the capacity of the health sector and stakeholders to understand and participate in area-based population health approaches to planning across Victoria.The VHA has long advocated for population health planning to improve health system design and to achieve better population health outcomes. For that reason, we have invested in population health planning research and a capacity building project.
In 2008, research conducted with Monash University demonstrated the need for resources to educate and assist organisations to actively engage in population health planning. This toolbox and associated resources were developed over four years and are based on a literature review and extensive consultation and input from stakeholders across the health sector, local government and state government.
The result of this investment is the suite of resources which are available on this website.