Department of Health

Department of Health

The Department of Health is committed to achieving the best health and wellbeing for all Victorians.

The department is the lead portfolio agency overseeing all health services, mental health, ageing and aged care, and preventative health. It is also responsible for planning, policy development, funding and regulation of health service providers and activities that promote and protect Victoria’s health. These include public health services, public hospitals and external organisations that deliver health, mental health and aged care services in metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

The Better Health Channel

Better Health Channel (BHC) provides health and medical information that is quality assured, reliable, up to date, easy to understand, regularly reviewed and locally relevant. BHC does not have any advertising or sponsorship and is fully funded by the State Government of Victoria (Australia).

The Better Health Channel provides health and medical information to help individuals and their communities improve their health and wellbeing. The information we provide is:

  • Quality assured and reliable
  • Up to date
  • Easy to understand

Information on the Better Health Channel is provided to help people stay healthy or understand and manage their health and medical conditions. It does not replace care provided by medical practitioners and other qualified health professionals.

Companion Card

Companion Card promotes the right of people with a disability, who require a companion, to fair ticketing at Victorian events and venues.

The Companion Card is a tool to assist organisations that charge an admission or participation fee to comply with existing anti-discrimination legislation.

The Companion Card is issued to people with a significant, permanent disability, who can demonstrate that they are unable to access most community activities and venues without attendant care support.

The card contains a photograph of the cardholder and can be presented when booking or purchasing a ticket at events and venues, provided the cardholder requires attendant care support in order to participate at that particular activity. Participating organisations will issue the cardholder with a second ticket for their companion at no charge

To be eligible to apply for a Companion Card, applicants must demonstrate that they meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a permanent resident of Australia, residing in Victoria
  • Have a significant disability
  • Due to the impact of their disability they are unable to participate at most community venues and activities without attendant care type support
  • The need for this level of support will be life-long

This information has been sourced from the Department of Health, Better Health Channel and Companion Card websites and is current at the time of publication.