The Wellbeing pillar focuses on providing equitable, world-class health and wellbeing outcomes for all Victorians. Wellbeing is a complex combination of physical, mental, emotional and social health factors and is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction. This pillar explores opportunities to improve wellbeing for the State across budgeting, healthcare and social support approaches.
Wellbeing is a key factor in unlocking the potential of all Victorians. It is a fundamental measure of an individual’s ability to live a happy, purposeful and fulfilled life. To achieve a high level of wellbeing on a societal level, it is imperative to first achieve a high level of wellbeing on an individual level, ensuring no one is left behind.
Wellbeing is measured through a range of elements that fall within a person’s purpose and fulfilment and is a strong benchmark for individual and societal health. Wellbeing equips every person with the ability to thrive and contribute to society in a meaningful and beneficial way. Specifically, a high level of wellbeing provides us all with the ability to navigate life’s challenges, overcome barriers, reduce the risk of physical and mental health problems and increase productivity and creativeness in both personal and professional lives.
Adopting a wellbeing approach prioritises decisions to ensure health, living standards, employment prospects, economic growth and thriving biodiversity and environmental outcomes are achieved. This would enable all Victorians and Victoria to flourish. As wellbeing is a broad concept that focuses on much more than health and social care, this pillar should be read in conjunction with the Sustainable, Inclusive and Most Liveable pillars.