HIA Reports

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Health Impact Assessment of the Redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital

Sydney South West Area Health Service

A Steering Committee was established in July 2006 to conduct a prospective HIA on the Redevelopment of  Liverpool Hospital. The focus of this project was on the construction phase of the redevelopment and the  scope covered four issues – reduced parking for staff, patients and visitors; health and wellbeing of staff and  the community; community and patient safety (non-traffic related); and increased traffic in the area (general  and construction traffic). Recommendations were developed for the Executive User Group (EUG) and these are currently being monitored by the EUG.

In August 2007, the Executive User Group (EUG) for the Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment endorsed the conduct of a second Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the redevelopment. The scope for the HIA was defined as being environmental effects; health promoting effects and effects on patient recovery and staff wellbeing. The current status of the redevelopment in August 2008 determined that we should focus on developing recommendations for the detailed design and commissioning phases of the project. An EFHIA was chosen for this project because it was thought that the most value that could be added at these stages of the design process would be to focus on a consideration of equity issues related to the redevelopment. This consideration is most relevant to the Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment

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Equity Focused HIA of the South Australian ABHI School and Community Initiatives

Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE)

(EFHIA) undertaken on the South Australian Program Reference Document of the School and Community Based Activities under the Australian Better Health Initiative 2006-2010. The EFHIA focussed on four components: Regional Healthy Weight Coordinators, the Healthy Ways project in Aboriginal communities, CYWHS parent focused project, and professional development to support these initiatives.

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Good for Kids Good For Life Equity Focused Health Impact Assessment

Hunter New England Area Health Service

This report outlines the methods and findings from the Hunter New England Area Health  Service’s (HNE AHS) ‘Good for Kids. Good for Life.’ program (Good for Kids) Health  Impact Assessment (HIA). The HIA was completed in the period December 2006 –  August 2007 and was implemented under the direction of a Good for Kids HIA working  party and staff of the Good for Kids program. As an HIA development site, the working  party and program staff received additional support from the University of NSW  Research Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CHETRE).

The purpose of the Good for Kids equity-focused HIA was to improve the equity with  which the program was delivered to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children. The use of  HIA’s in Aboriginal health contexts has been limited, so the HIA working party took the  opportunity modify the HIA so that it better reflected the principles of Aboriginal Health.  This involved drawing on equity-focussed HIA methodology, learning from HIA’s  completed in indigenous communities overseas and adopting an Aboriginal model of  health.

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Health Impact Assessment of Lithgow City Council’s Strategic Plan

Sydney West Area Health Service and Lithgow City Council

This report explains the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) process and presents the findings of the HIA  of the Lithgow City Council Strategic Plan, 2007. The primary output of the HIA is a set of evidencebased  recommendations geared to informing the decision-making process. These recommendations  aim to highlight practical ways to enhance the positive impacts or minimise any negative impacts on  health, well being and health inequalities that might arise or exist in response to the Lithgow City  Council Strategic Plan.

The Lithgow City Council Strategic Plan is the first long-term plan to be developed by Lithgow City Council  in collaboration and consultation with the community and government. It introduces a new framework  of strategic planning in the Lithgow local government area, which is driven by the community’s vision  and issues. The Plan incorporates the visions and strategies and feeds these into Council’s  management and operational plans to deliver actions that ultimately achieve the vision for the  community. The objective of the Strategic Plan is to provide the strategic framework for the future  development of the Lithgow Local Government Area and to encourage environmental, economic and  social sustainability (Lithgow City Council Strategic Plan, 2007, Page 4).

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Indigenous Environmental Health Worker Proposal

North Coast Area Health Service

This report documents the findings obtained from an intermediate Health Impact Assessment (HIA) study. The study investigated environmental health projects and methods of improving living conditions within Indigenous communities in Australia and internationally. The purpose of the study was to identify models of best practice for enhancing community capacity to address indigenous environmental health issues.

This report has been structured to reflect the themes that emerged from the research. Indicators of success in environmental health projects for indigenous communities are discussed throughout this report. The fundamental indicator of success for environmental health projects in indigenous communities is sustainability.

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Health Service Realignment Health Impact Assessment

Greater Southern Area Health Service

This paper demonstrates how undertaking a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) assists in considering the likely impacts of a proposed reconfiguration in the model of health service delivery to a small rural community.  The proposed service changes are being considered in response to the ongoing issues of sustainability and access to health services in small rural communities, especially with regard to addressing the challenges of recruitment and retention of health staff and identifying the needs of ageing and decreasing populations.  Redesign of health service delivery and the consequent impacts on service quality, ability to access services, availability of services and workforce all need to be considered.

 

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Health Promotion Future Directions Health Impact Assessment

Greater Western Area Health Service

Health Promotion Future Directions Health Impact Assessment

 

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Rapid Equity Focused HIA of the Australian Better Health Initiative: Assessing the NSW components of priorities 1 and 3

Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE)

The Australian Better Health Initiative (ABHI) Implementation Plan has been developed as part of  a Council of Australian Governments Reform Package aimed at achieving better health for all  Australians. In NSW Approximately $20 million of new money has been allocated from Treasury  for Priority Areas 1 & 3 of The ABHI Implementation Plan: Promoting healthy lifestyles and  supporting lifestyle and risk modification.  As part of the development of the ABHI Implementation Plan for NSW, NSW Health asked the  UNSW Research Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity to conduct a Rapid Equity Focussed  Health Impact Assessment (EFHIA) to:

  • make practical recommendations in order to improve the equity of proposed strategies; and
  • ensure that the strategies do not unintentionally widen the equity gap.

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Integrated Chronic Disease Prevention Social Marketing Campaign Health Impact Assessment

NSW Department of Health

In late 2003, a proposal from the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and  Health Advancement was accepted as one of five developmental sites to  participate in the NSW Health Impact Assessment Project – Phase 2.  From February to October 2004, the Centre undertook a health impact  assessment of the Integrated Chronic Disease Prevention campaign. This  ‘learning by doing’ approach involved attending training sessions and working  closely with the Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation,  who were funding by NSW Health to manage the Health Impact Assessment  Project.

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Non Emergency Health Related Transport Policy Screening Report

NSW Department fo Health

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