Current Projects

Health Impact Assessment of the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

CHETRE has been working with a group of Australian academics and non-government organisations interested in the health of the Australian population to carry out a health impact assessment (HIA) on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations.

In the absence of official publicly available drafts of the trade agreement, the health impact assessment drew on leaked texts of potential provisions and formulated policy scenarios based on high priority health policies that could be affected by the TPP. The HIA found the potential for negative impacts in each of the four areas under investigation: the cost of medicines; tobacco control policies; alcohol control policies; and food labeling.

In each of these areas, the HIA report traces the relevant proposed provisions through to their likely effects on the policy scenarios onto the likely impact on the health of Australians, focusing particularly on vulnerable groups in the Australian community.

The report makes a number of recommendations to DFAT regarding the TPP provisions and to the Australian Government regarding the TPP negotiating process.

HIA report

Joint work with Population Health, South Western Sydney & Sydney Local Health Districts

CHETRE works closely with the Population Health unit of South Western Sydney & Sydney Local Health Districts on a body of work focusing on healthy spaces, places and people.

This includes:

  • Points of health influence in the Housing NSW Master Planning process
  • Working with local government to create healthy environments
  • Influencing health and wellbeing considerations in EIA (Phase 1)
  • Improving the consideration of health within local government planning processes (Phase 2)
  • Audit of urban development and land use planning correspondence between LG and SWSLHD

Villawood East HIA Literature Review: Housing Estate Redevelopment and Health

Incorporating health considerations in land-use planning and policy development: a review of activities in Stoke City Council in the UK and suggestions for application in NSW

International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) Global Working Group on Health Impact Assessment

Project coordinator
Elizabeth Harris

CHETRE and the UNSW Research Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity provide secretariat support for the IUHPE Global Working Group on Health Impact Assessment.

To support the development of Health Impact Assessment as a technology and a process to assist the health and other sectors, and communities to influence public policy to create social, economic and environmental conditions for health and health equity within and between populations.


  • To facilitate the development of, and communicate, theory, policy and practice-derived evidence of the design, application and effectiveness of health impact assessment at international and national levels;
  • To develop an evidence base for appropriate methodologies to use in the identification step (data collection) of HIAs;
  • To enable discussion, debate and shared learning among the researchers, practitioners, policy makers and communities engaged in health (and other forms of) impact assessment in order to develop a research/practice/policy agenda for advancing HIA;
  • To encourage collaboration among researchers, practitioners, policy makers and communities to build the theory and evidence base informing the practice of health impact assessment;
  • To collaborate with policy makers, researchers, practitioners, and communities to ensure that health impact assessment (and related, relevant forms of impact assessment) contribute to reducing (and eliminating) inequities in health;
  • To contribute to actions within the health and other sectors to ensure that health impact assessment plays a positive role in ensuring that the directions taken by globalisation and other 21st century forces such as climate change have positive population health outcomes, including closing the equity gap.

IUHPE Website Page on the HIA Global Working Group