• Future Healthy includes 3 streams of investments – major investments for new programs and a grants program supporting locally-led and state-wide organisations. There is also marketing and communications activity, including advertising.

  • Future Healthy is focused on young Victorians 0-25 years of age, with a focus on those who face greater barriers to good health. Evidence shows that young people have been greatly impacted by the events of 2020. Research also shows that what happens in your younger years goes on to affect longer-term health outcomes.

  • Future Healthy is focused on improving health outcomes for young Victorians 0-25 years of age as evidence shows that young people have been greatly impacted by the events of 2020. The indirect effects of COVID-19 will be intergenerational so we must support our young people now and help foster healthier outcomes for future generations.

    When asking for and sharing the stories we hear from the community, we want to make sure people are able to provide fully informed consent. That’s why we’re only asking for young adults 18-25 and the parents of those under 18 to get in touch and share their stories.

    From a medical point of view, prevention should start from a young age, with research showing that what happens in your younger years goes on to affect longer term health outcomes.

  • VicHealth is guided by a 10-year plan (our Action Agenda), which outlines the organisation's strategic imperatives. This plan includes social connection, physical activity and access to healthy food. Evidence shows that the coronavirus pandemic greatly impacted on young people’s ability to socially connect and be physically active, while also uncovering the challenges they face in accessing healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food.

  • The opportunity to lead a healthy and happy life is not available to all Victorians. Structural barriers are often longstanding and challenging to dismantle. These barriers unjustly impact some communities and without intentional and transformational action, they will continue to hold communities back from living a life that is meaningful to them. 

    Future Healthy aims to build back better and level the playing field for those with poorer health. We know that Victorians living in rural, remote and/or lower socioeconomic areas, people living with disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience poorer overall health. This gap was widened during the coronavirus pandemic, as these groups, people who were unemployed and those in bushfire-affected communities were greatly affected.

  • 1. We’d love your feedback! Future Healthy is inspired and shaped by the people of Victoria. You know your community better than anyone, and we want to hear your ideas. We’re not afraid to try new things.


    2. We’d also love your support in sharing Future Healthy materials when we are calling out for young people to share their stories and ideas. Use our Social Media Toolkit to start collecting stories and perspectives today.


    3. And if you have an amazing idea to improve the health of young Victorians, keep an eye out for our grant rounds from October.

  • VicHealth is committed to ensuring the safety, wellbeing, and best interests of children and young people. To achieve the best outcomes for children and young people who engage with us, we are currently working to ensure our programs and offerings are in line with the Victorian Child Safe Standards.

    We’re only asking for young adults 18-25 and the parents of those under 18 to get in touch and share their stories.

  • While we’d love to work with as many Victorians as possible, in order to have the most impact we need a narrow focus. We recognise that 25-29 year olds have some terrific ideas about building a healthier future – as do people in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond! We encourage them to connect with us on social media and join the conversation.

    We’ve been guided by the evidence, which shows that young people have been greatly impacted by the indirect impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Research also shows that what happens in your younger years goes on to affect longer-term health outcomes. 18-25 year olds are still in a transition period, as they become young adults and establish life-long habits.

  • VicHealth is evolving its Action Agenda to best deliver impact through the final 2 years of the strategy. This evolution is driven by our ongoing consultation, research, and insights and is in response to the changing world around us and the changing needs of communities.

    As we continue to respond to the challenges of bushfires, coronavirus, and a rapidly changing world, collective health and wellbeing has never been more important. And young people have been hardest hit. 

    As we create our new normal, we see opportunity. A once-in-a-generation opportunity to build back better and fairer.

  • We want to hear young people’s experiences and ideas about:
        • being active in their neighborhood
        • how they stay connected with people in their community
        • accessing food that’s good for them and the planet.

    No experience is necessary, and there are opportunities to learn new skills and make a meaningful contribution. There are two main ways young people can get involved:

    1. Have your say and be heard: We want to hear from young people about their ideas and experience with food, physical activity and social connection.

    2. Become a community champion: We are looking for people all over the state to be the face of Future Healthy. Community champions are paid for the time and energy they contribute to Future Healthy.

    Read this document for more information.

    If you know a young person interested in sharing their story, we can help with the submission. Ask them to call VicHealth on (03) 9667 1333 or email futurehealthy@vichealth.vic.gov.au

  • We want to hear young people’s experiences and ideas about:
        • being active in their neighborhood
        • how they stay connected with people in their community
        • accessing food that’s good for them and the planet.

    Under 18s who want to share their stories or ideas can ask their parent or carer to jump on our website www.futurehealthy.vichealth.vic.gov.au – together they can share their family’s story or answer our quick survey.

    No experience is necessary. This is a chance for Victorian families to have their say and make a meaningful contribution to the health of Victorian kids.
     

  • We want to hear your vision of a healthier future for your kids.

    The areas we want to hear your experiences and ideas about are:
        • how kids are active in their neighborhood
        • how young people stay connected with others in their community
        • how your family accesses food that’s good for your kids and the planet.

    No experience is necessary. This is a chance to have your say and make a meaningful contribution to the health of Victorian kids.
    To get involved, visit our website www.futurehealthy.vichealth.vic.gov.au where you can share your family’s story or answer our quick survey.

  • At this stage Future Healthy is a 3-year focus and investment, running through until at least 2024.

  • VicHealth is appointing an evaluation partner to measure the impact of the project over the next 3 years.

  • VicHealth’s Reimagining Health Grants will be replaced by new Future Healthy grants, which will be focused on improving the health and wellbeing of 0-25-year-olds.

    The Reimagining Health Grants have funded some incredible projects, with a particular focus on supporting organisations that were looking to respond to Coronavirus and its associated impacts, and other issues like community bushfires in rural and regional Victoria.

    The Future Healthy grant rounds will focus on the health needs of young people, and the scope and guidelines will be shaped and informed by what we hear from young people alongside the emerging evidence base.

    There will be one Big Difference grant round in late 2021 – opening in October for projects to be funded between $100,000 and $250,000.

    In 2022, Future Healthy will deliver multiple funding rounds, including a Make it Happen and a Big Difference grant round opening in early 2022.

    The following rounds will be available over the next 3 years as part of Future Healthy:

    • Make it Happen Grants:
      • For community organisations who know their local areas better than anyone, and know how to make change happen.
      • The grants will be up to $25,000 for 12 months.
      • We want to see applications from a broad range of community-led organisations from sports clubs, arts and cultural organisations to Neighbourhood Houses, libraries and Scouts and Girl Guide Groups. Essentially any group that works directly with their community.
      • This round is due to open in February 2022.
    • Big Difference Grants:
      • For organisations that are positioned to make a big difference to a community – whether that be in a geographic area, or for a population group. 
      • These will focus on achieving a depth of impact for a particular community group, or achieving impact at a greater scale for many communities and locations.
      • The grants will be up to $250,000 for max 18 months .
      • We want to see applications from a broad range of groups including Victoria’s sports, active recreation, arts, cultural, youth, health promotion and community food sectors 
      • The first Big Difference Grants are opening in October with a second round open early 2022.

    More details will be available closer to the open dates for each grant round. Subscribe to receive Future Healthy updates by email here.

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    Yes, there will be a range of funding opportunities for eligible organisations as part of Future Healthy.

    Two of the key investment streams - the Future Healthy grant rounds and Move the Dial Investments - will support the incredible work of our stakeholders to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people from 0-25 years.

    The following grants will be available over the next 3 years:

    • Make it Happen Grants – focused investments to get important work done in Victorian communities now.
    • Big Difference Grants – supporting new and existing ideas that have huge potential for impact.

    These grants rounds will be offered throughout the 3-year life of Future Healthy.

    These grants will be a great opportunity for a range of organisations, from small grassroots groups through to state and national peak bodies, working to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the areas of physical activity and sport, healthy eating and social connection and mental wellbeing.

    If you have an amazing idea to improve the health of young Victorians, subscribe to receive Future Healthy updates by email here.  

    About Move the Dial Investments:

    • Delivering major programs of work that aim to ‘move the dial on health challenges faced by young people’.
    • Move the Dial investments are a unique opportunity for stakeholders working to improve physical activity and sport, healthy eating and social connection, to support new and innovative ways to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
    • These investments will be available via a formal Request for Tender process and we’ll be seeking suitable organisations who can partner with us to create the biggest impact.
    • VicHealth will work with a range of different organisations, with a focus on engaging with local groups who know their communities best, and organisations that can help us reach young people who face greater barriers to good health and wellbeing.
  •  We have a Future Healthy Guide and social media kit available for you to join the call out for young people’s voices. Soon, we’ll be releasing more resources, and would love to hear what would help you talk about Future Healthy in your community. Let us know by emailing us at futurehealthy@vichealth.vic.gov.au.

  • Future Healthy, launching in September 2021, is an investment of $45 million over 3 years comprising:

    • Make it Happen Grants – focused investments to get important work done in Victorian communities now.
    • Big Difference Grants – supporting new ideas that have huge potential for impact
    • Move the Dial Investments – delivering major programs of work that will move the dial on health challenges.
    • Community-inspired Movement – community conversations, and amplification of these, to ensure the work is inspired by, informed by and shaped by the people of Victoria.
    • Stakeholder support and advice – leveraging knowledge and expertise of our stakeholders and partners to achieve the most impact
    • Evaluation and Learning – monitoring our success, adapting quickly and sharing our learning and insights.
    • Future Healthy is spearheaded by VicHealth but is only possible through the incredible collaboration and contribution of our partners, communities and everyday Victorians.
  •  VicHealth will continue to address our 5 strategic imperatives outlined in our Action Agenda.

    There will be a range of work outside of Future Healthy, including our VicHealth Local Government Partnerships, This Girl Can – Victoria, research and our work in limiting the influence of tactics by Harmful Industries (including unhealthy food and drinks, alcohol and gambling) on young people.

  •  Future Healthy programs will be designed with a focus on young people who face greater barriers to good health compared to the rest of the population. This includes, but is not limited to, those on a low income, those with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with a disability, those from rural, regional or bushfire affected areas and LGBTIQ+ communities.

    Here are some examples of the ways Future Healthy will engage with young people facing the greatest barriers to health and wellbeing:

    • Young people from diverse backgrounds will be engaged to codesign programs to ensure VicHealth meets the needs of all young people across the state.
    • VicHealth will work in partnership with 7 peak youth organisations to support engagement with young people all across Victoria, from all different backgrounds.
    • VicHealth will partner with community organisations to ensure we engage and meet the needs of young people facing barriers to good health.
    • Working with partner organisations and Future Healthy community champions to help ensure the voices, experiences and ideas of all young people are heard.
  • Yes, Future Healthy will be delivered across all of Victoria.

    In particular, this campaign will include a focus on people living in rural, regional or bushfire-affected areas.
    We will work with local organisations and communities to design and deliver programs that meet the needs of regional and rural Victorian young people and children.