Innovation has been a core part of our DNA since our inception.
Like the greatest global organisations, businesses and brands who use innovation to maintain their leading edge, VicHealth views innovation as an essential business practice that enables us to keep delivering better outcomes for Victorians.
What do we mean by Innovation?
For VicHealth, innovation means discovering how to accelerate health outcomes for Victorians in a rapidly changing world. In other words, discovering the strategies, approaches, insights and collaborations that can put us on a fast track to creating healthier lives.
Innovation starts with great ideas. With each great idea, we consider its uniqueness; use of emerging approaches to achieve greater impact; how it will improve as many Victorian lives as possible; and its potential for scale and replication.
VicHealth has explored a range of methodologies and approaches, outlined in the Innovation Hub below. However, innovation happens in all aspects of VicHealth’s and our partners’ work. We encourage you to spend time on other parts of VicHealth’s website.
We are committed to sharing our knowledge and learnings with our partners and extended network.
Key Innovation Projects
Important opportunities for workplace gender diversity media coverage
New research from the University of Melbourne shows that workplace gender diversity issues are mainly reported in the media through the lens of high-profile women and sexual harassment cases. This research used machine learning to analyse over 250,000 newspaper articles, in collaboration with VicHealth.
Leading Thinkers Residency 2: Sports Media Analysis Report
The latest Leading Thinker project is the first ever, large-scale big data analysis of the extent and nature of the portrayal of women and men in Victorian sports print media. The analysis provides new evidence to both inform the debate and to highlight challenges and opportunities.
Leading Thinkers Initiative
Connecting international thought leaders with senior policymakers and key local experts
Professor Iris Bohnet and Dr Jeni Klugman- two of the world’s foremost experts in behavioural insights and gender equality have partnered with VicHealth as part of the most recent Leading Thinkers Residency.
Find out more about the current Leading Thinkers Residency: Behavioural Insights & Gender Equality
Dr David Halpern of the UK Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) worked with VicHealth in the first Leading Thinkers Residency to build knowledge in Behavioural Insights and demonstrate how the approach can result in healthy behaviour change right across Victoria.
Find out more about the inaugral Leading Thinkers Residency: Behavioural Insights & Healthier Lives
Staying on Track
Young adults, mental wellbeing and work: How can we support young adults on their journey to find purposeful work? In June 2018, VicHealth, in collaboration with key youth partners, brought together a diverse group of 18-25 year old Victorians for an important conversation about supporting their journey to purposeful work.
Victoria's Citizens' Jury on Obesity
"We have an obesity problem. How can we make it easier to eat better?"
As part of VicHealth's first Leading Thinkers Initiative: Behavioural Insights & Healthier Lives, we held a Citizens' Jury in October 2015 with the aim of engaging the community in a discussion and debate around potential solutions for overweight and obesity.