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 a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build back better and fairer.
We have a vision of a Victoria where no young person is denied a future that is healthy. Regardless of their postcode, bank balance or background.
We see a future with vibrant communities, where young people are connected, active, enjoy wholesome food and feel great. A future inspired by, shaped by and shared by the people of Victoria.
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, launching in September 2021, is an investment of $45 million over 3 years. VicHealth is committed to investing in locally led solutions right across the state, and we’ll elevate the voices and experiences of young Victorians to inspire these investments.
Future Healthy will:
- Create neighbourhoods and spaces where people feel safe, welcome and confident to be active
- Improve access to healthy, sustainable, affordable and culturally appropriate food
- Build meaningful social connections and inclusive environments
Most importantly, Future Healthy will engage with young people and their parents and carers every step of the way, so they can share their lived experiences, and help to inform and shape solutions.
This vision is only possible with collaboration and contribution from organisations like yours and from communities across Victoria. Together we have a chance to make a big difference. So let’s take it.
There will be a range of funding opportunities for eligible organisations as part of Future Healthy over the next 3 years.
Still have questions?
Make sure you read our Frequently Asked Questions.
New report: Young Victorians tell us what they really think
Let’s face it - between bushfires, COVID-19, and global uncertainty, it’s been a tough few years. And all too often, those who are the most affected get left out of the conversation.
So, we set out to change that.
Together with Health Issues Centre, VicHealth ran a series of community listening sessions. ‘Why’, you ask? To hear directly from young people, parents, carers and those who rarely get a say. We set out to understand what’s important to them when it comes to their health and wellbeing.