Objective To assess whether community health services (CHS) achieve the aims and objectives established for them by DHHS.
Issues CHSs aim to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians by providing primary health care. They give priority access to disadvantaged populations with the poorest health and the greatest economic and social needs.
Victoria’s 88 CHSs operate under two distinct legal and governance arrangements—32 are independently managed while the remaining 56 are part of rural or metropolitan health services.
CHSs have not been the focus of a VAGO performance audit in the last decade. This audit will provide important insights and assurance to Parliament on the performance of government-funded CHSs, and on the oversight and governance of CHSs by DHHS.
Proposed agencies DHHS and selected community health centres.