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CCV Seminar Series

Date(s): 5 Apr 2016
Time: 12 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: 615 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004
Understanding and profiling communities using
Community Indicators Victoria

Dr Melanie Davern is Director of Community Indicators Victoria and Senior Research Fellow at the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit within the School of Population & Global Health, University of Melbourne.

Dr Suzanne Mavoa leads the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team at the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit. The GIS team contributes to Community Indicators Victoria and the broader Place, Health and Liveability research program.

Community indicators Victoria (CIV) is located at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne and provides expert advice on how research knowledge and data can be used for effective community planning that promotes improved health outcomes. The CIV framework of community wellbeing is grounded in the principles of the social determinants of health and supports the development of equitable, healthy, engaged and well planned communities based on a comprehensive and integrated framework of community indicators. These aggregated CIV indicators or data are based on survey, administrative and spatial data across all Victorian Local Government Areas. CIV provides indicators of social, economic, environmental, cultural and democratic wellbeing that are developed and validated according to multidisciplinary research conducted at the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit. CIV has provided a central location of evidence used in council Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans for many years and works closely with many local government partners. CIV is also involved in applied research using demographic data and indicators with community organisations, industry, policy makers, planners, practitioners and community organisations. CIV indicators are used to build knowledge, translate research findings, teach about the differences between population indicators and program evaluation and help practitioners to formulate priority areas for planning strategies and intervention.

This presentation will describe community profiling evidence available through CIV, provide examples of applied and community based research using indicators, and describe increasing spatial research capabilities and techniques being used to assess liveability across small area neighbourhoods in Victoria.

 

Updated: 31 Mar, 2016