Indicators of Community Health and Wellbeing
Community Indicators Victoria at the McCaughey Centre, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, reports on the health and wellbeing of Victorian communities using an integrated set of indicators. Indicators refer to a broad range of measures designed to identify and communicate the economic, social, environmental (natural and built), democratic and cultural life of communities – five 'pillars' of community health and wellbeing. Reports present information on self-reported health status, sense of community connectedness, levels of social support, perception of safety, level of food security, sense of work/life balance, participation in arts and cultural activities, opinion on cultural diversity, and participation in citizen engagement. This information is based on findings from the Community Indicators Victoria Survey. Reports also present information on a range of socio-economic indicators of community health and wellbeing such as housing stress, household income, educational attainment and labour force participation. This information is derived from the last Census.
Quality and Applicability
Community Indicators Victoria has been specifically developed to present and report on the health and wellbeing of Victorian communities to enable planners to build healthy, just and sustainable communities. Its framework of indicators was determined through extensive consultation with government (local and state), academics, and other key stakeholders. The process also involved a review of relevant national and international literature. Community Indicators Victoria is part of an international indicators movement that has grown over the last few decades and has gained considerable momentum in recent years in the Victorian context.
Use information generated from Community Indicators Victoria reports for a comprehensive overview of how your local community is travelling with respect to all aspects of health and wellbeing – economically, socially, environmentally, democratically, and culturally. It is also highly recommended that health and wellbeing reports for your local area are generated as a counterpoint to disease burden estimates (which present 'illness' rather than 'wellness' data).
Community Indicators Victoria reports can be generated for regions and local government areas.
Information contained in community health and wellbeing reports refer to a range of dates depending on the data sources used for the indicators. For example, information drawn from the statewide Community Indicators Victoria Survey refers to 2007; information drawn from the Census refers to 8 August 2006.
Information contained in community health and wellbeing reports is released progressively as it comes to hand.
Generate health and wellbeing reports for your local community through Community Indicators Victoria. Click on 'Wellbeing Reports' and select your region or local government area.
Cost and Format
Community health and wellbeing reports can be viewed on line or saved as PDF. Access is free of charge. Community Indicators Victoria can provide information about additional indicators – a consultancy fee applies.
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