Population health and wellbeing: identifying priority areas for Victorian children

Davis, Elise, Waters, Elizabeth, Wake, Melissa, Goldfeld, Sharon, Williams, Joanne, Mehmet-Radji, Ozlem and Oberklaid, Frank 2005, Population health and wellbeing: identifying priority areas for Victorian children, Australia and New Zealand health policy, vol. 2, no. 16, pp. 1-6.

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Title Population health and wellbeing: identifying priority areas for Victorian children
Author(s) Davis, Elise
Waters, Elizabeth
Wake, Melissa
Goldfeld, Sharon
Williams, Joanne
Mehmet-Radji, Ozlem
Oberklaid, Frank
Journal name Australia and New Zealand health policy
Volume number 2
Issue number 16
Start page 1
End page 6
Publisher BioMed Central Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2005-07-20
ISSN 1743-8462
Summary Background
Population health information, collected using soundly-designed methodologies, is essential to inform policy, research, and intervention programs. This study aimed to derive policy-oriented recommendations for the content of a health and wellbeing population survey of children 0–12 years living in Victoria, Australia.

Results
Qualitative interviews were conducted with 54 academic and policy stakeholders, selected to encompass a wide breadth of expertise in areas of public health and inter-sectoral organisations relevant to child health outcomes, including universities, government and non-government agencies across Victoria. These stakeholders were asked to provide advice on strategic priorities for child health information (data) using a structured interview technique. Their comments were summarised and the major themes were extracted. The priority areas of health and wellbeing recommended for regular collection include obesity and its determinants, pregnancy and breastfeeding, oral health, injury, social and emotional health and wellbeing, family environment, community, health service utilisation, illness, and socioeconomic position. Population policy questions for each area were identified.

Conclusion
In contrast to previous population survey programs nationally and internationally, this study sought to extract contemporary policy-oriented domains for inclusion in a strategic program of child health data collection, using a stakeholder consultation process to identify key domains and policy information needs. The outcomes are a rich and relevant set of recommendations which will now be taken forward into a regular statewide child health survey program.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Davis et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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