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Department of Health and Human Services

Company Info: The Department of Health and Human Services works to achieve the best health, wellbeing and safety for all Victorians so that they can lead a life they value. We know that most people want to be connected to their communities, and experience a good life – their health, safety and wellbeing rely on being able to participate fully in the community and economy and access services. Our purpose is to help them to get there. Our efforts are guided by our four strategic directions of person-centred services and care, local solutions, earlier and more connected support, and advancing quality, safety and innovation.

The Department’s Health and Wellbeing Division

The Health and Wellbeing division is responsible for whole of health and wellbeing strategic priorities. The division leads on policy, strategy and recommissioning of services in Victoria’s primary prevention, secondary and tertiary healthcare system. Health and Wellbeing oversees policy, system design and planning, as well as funding and performance of the secondary and tertiary health system (and parts of the primary care system) in Victoria.

The division also advances strategies that enable social and economic participation and opportunities for: women; older Victorians; young people; Aboriginal communities; people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and communities; and Victorians living with mental illness or alcohol and drug issues. It leads the department in progressing Aboriginal self-determination in the design and delivery of services.

The division includes the Office for Women, which leads the implementation of Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy. The Office for Women will work closely with Respect Victoria, to streamline evidence into practice for prevention of family violence.

Health and Wellbeing oversees the policy, system design, planning and funding of mental health services and supports the capability of health and human services to respond to mental ill health. The division supports best practice approaches to clinical care through the Victorian Cancer Agency, health and medical research, international health engagement, and policy development.

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  • PROJECT 1: Examination of the risk of suicide (CLOSED)

    Preventing suicide is a priority of the Victorian Government, and the Victorian Suicide Prevention Framework 2016-25 establishes a goal to halve Victoria's suicide rate by 2025, and commits to building a stronger, more accessible evidence base. This PhD will explore population groups that may be at higher risk of suicide and will focus on exploring the epidemiology of and trajectory to suicide in Victoria in order to better target effective prevention and intervention efforts.

  • PROJECT 2: High and low falls amongst community-dwelling older adults (CLOSED)

    High and low falls make up an increasing proportion of trauma cases. Victorian trauma data indicate that deaths due to falls exceeded deaths due to transport-related deaths for the fifth consecutive year. Low falls are the greatest cause of death amongst older people. Further, major trauma occurring in the home increased over the five year period and is the second most common place of injury. This includes more falls from ladders and roofs. This PhD will address the contributing factors to falls and injury outcomes through an analysis of high and low falls data from the Victorian State Trauma Registry, and from administrative datasets of the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit (VISU). It will also evaluate/review falls prevention interventions currently offered in Victoria that focus on community-dwelling older people with the aim to propose enhanced or new falls prevention community intervention/s that would be consistent with healthy and active ageing government policy directions.