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.
Flinders Street Redevelopment Project (Townsville) HIA
Queensland Health Tropical Population Health Services
In November 2008 a Rapid Desktop Health Impact Assessment was conducted on the Flinders Street Redevelopment project by the Health Promotion Service of the Tropical Population Health Services, Population Health Queensland. The identified health determinants were safety and security, access for all ages and abilities, social connectedness, participation and identity.
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.
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).
Oran Park and Turner Road Health Impact Assessment
Sydney South West Area Health Service and Camden City Council
In May 2007, the NSW Government released detailed draft plans to develop 12,000 new homes in Sydney’s south-west – with construction to start as early as 2008 in Oran Park and Turner Road. It is anticipated that these plans will create healthy communities for families, with a mix of housing, jobs, schools, parks, transport, community facilities and shops. These precincts will offer a choice of accommodation including houses, terraces and units, to cater for singles, families and seniors. The Oran Park & Turner Road precincts are expected to provide 7,700 new jobs for Western Sydney – helping to achieve a key State Plan priority of more jobs close to home. Oran Park and Turner Road precincts are located in the Camden Local Government Area (LGA).
Sydney South West Area Health Service (SSWAHS) has been involved in the Greater Western Sydney Urban Development HIA with Western Sydney Region of Councils (WSROC) and Sydney West Area Health Service (SWAHS), which assessed aspects of the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy. The Oran Park &Turner Road Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is seen as a valuable extension and application of this previous project.