Health Environment

Description and aims

Glocally the environment we live in and where we create our health is challenged. This stream focuses on the health and equity impacts of, e.g., urban sprawl, infrastructure development (Healthy Airports), walkable access, greenspace, active transport, and healthcare facility and precinct design. ‘Health Environment’, through CHETRE, manages the Healthy Urban Environments Collaboratory at MBG SPHERE.  The stream builds on a long tradition of separate work across CPHCE hubs.

Key current research areas

Health and high density urban living

In this research area CPHCE coordinates data collection, dissemination and advocacy on high density residential developments across Greater Sydney. CHETRE convenes a group with Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and Northern Sydney Local Health District and Parramatta and Liverpool Council representatives; HERDU does the same around developments in Green Square.

Western Sydney Airport

This program focuses on supporting authorities in shaping policies and programmes that facilitate best futures for Western Sydney Airport scenarios. Health Impact Assessments are being carried out, and a research programme into the Healthy Aerotropolis is under way.

Healthy Urban Environments (HUE) Collaboratory

This program brings together different universities and service providers to consider policy-relevant research programmes and strategies to support Healthy Urban Planning.

Key partners

Key partners in the stream and its research programmes are local communities, consumer groups and community advocates, health districts, local councils, and industry.

Stream lead

Evelyne de Leeuw leads this stream.



Healthy Airports Stage 2

To support development of a Healthy Airports concept with potential partners Liverpool Council, WSACo, ICAO, ACI and SWSLHD

Latrobe Health Innovation Zone Charter (DHHS-VIC)

To follow up on the Latrobe Valley post-Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Health Innovation Zone, Assembly and Health Advocate development trajectory – consultations and development workshops for developing a LHIZ Charter

Linkage Development Support (UNSW)

To support development of an ARC Linkage grant on Healthy Airports with potential partners Liverpool Council, WSACo, ICAO, ACI and SWSLHD

SWSLHD Equity Strategy

CHETRE are supporting SWSLHD Planning and Population Health to develop a district wide Equity Strategy that ensures the needs of diverse population groups are reflected in services planning and policy development. There is a commitment to develop an Equity Framework in the soon to be released SWSLHD Strategic Plan 2018-2021.

Working In Locationally Disadvantaged Communities Learning by Doing Training Program

Working In Locationally Disadvantaged Communities is a learning by doing training program. Learning by doing is the process of acquiring knowledge and skills through active involvement with practical real-world experience. Participants are given the opportunity to apply theory to real life problems.




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