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Title: The Coffs Harbour 'Our Living City Settlement Strategy' Health Impact Assessment

Abstract

Aim: The short report reviews an experience of conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in the local government context. The aim of this review was to identify if carrying out an HIA would result in recommendations that could influence council planning and help establish ongoing working relationships between North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) staff and the Coffs Harbour City Council. Methods: A process and impact evaluation was conducted on the Coffs Harbour 'Our Living City Settlement Strategy' HIA, which focused on the Coffs Harbour City Council's strategic planning document. Information gained through the evaluation was themed and the findings were reviewed against published information on HIA experience. Main findings: HIA has reported benefits for both the Coffs Harbour City Council and NCAHS as it provides a tool to address many of the issues facing these organisations. Local council has increasing responsibilities including the environment, housing and urban planning, which all have health implications. HIA has been demonstrated as an effective tool for NCAHS staff and the Coffs Harbour City Council to engage and build relationships, increase the understanding of all planning aspects related to health, and most importantly utilise evidence to inform decision making. Conclusion: HIA should be adoptedmore » as a key tool to facilitate effective working partnerships between organisations. Improved engagement, partnerships and use of evidence to produce shared outcomes can result from utilising this tool.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. BC Mental Health and Addiction Service, Vancouver (Canada)
  2. North Coast Area Health Service, NSW (Australia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21499702
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environmental Impact Assessment Review
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 31; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2010.02.004; PII: S0195-9255(10)00038-7; Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Journal ID: ISSN 0195-9255
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; DECISION MAKING; ENVIRONMENT; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; EVALUATION; HARBORS; HEALTH HAZARDS; LOCAL GOVERNMENT; PLANNING; PUBLIC HEALTH; PUBLIC POLICY; RECOMMENDATIONS; URBAN AREAS; DOCUMENT TYPES; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; HAZARDS

Citation Formats

Tugwell, Andrew, E-mail: atugwell@bcmhs.bc.c, and Johnson, Pamela, E-mail: Pamela.Johnson@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.a. The Coffs Harbour 'Our Living City Settlement Strategy' Health Impact Assessment. United States: N. p., 2011. Web. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2010.02.004.
Tugwell, Andrew, E-mail: atugwell@bcmhs.bc.c, & Johnson, Pamela, E-mail: Pamela.Johnson@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.a. The Coffs Harbour 'Our Living City Settlement Strategy' Health Impact Assessment. United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2010.02.004.
Tugwell, Andrew, E-mail: atugwell@bcmhs.bc.c, and Johnson, Pamela, E-mail: Pamela.Johnson@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.a. Fri . "The Coffs Harbour 'Our Living City Settlement Strategy' Health Impact Assessment". United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2010.02.004.
@article{osti_21499702,
title = {The Coffs Harbour 'Our Living City Settlement Strategy' Health Impact Assessment},
author = {Tugwell, Andrew, E-mail: atugwell@bcmhs.bc.c and Johnson, Pamela, E-mail: Pamela.Johnson@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.a},
abstractNote = {Aim: The short report reviews an experience of conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in the local government context. The aim of this review was to identify if carrying out an HIA would result in recommendations that could influence council planning and help establish ongoing working relationships between North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) staff and the Coffs Harbour City Council. Methods: A process and impact evaluation was conducted on the Coffs Harbour 'Our Living City Settlement Strategy' HIA, which focused on the Coffs Harbour City Council's strategic planning document. Information gained through the evaluation was themed and the findings were reviewed against published information on HIA experience. Main findings: HIA has reported benefits for both the Coffs Harbour City Council and NCAHS as it provides a tool to address many of the issues facing these organisations. Local council has increasing responsibilities including the environment, housing and urban planning, which all have health implications. HIA has been demonstrated as an effective tool for NCAHS staff and the Coffs Harbour City Council to engage and build relationships, increase the understanding of all planning aspects related to health, and most importantly utilise evidence to inform decision making. Conclusion: HIA should be adopted as a key tool to facilitate effective working partnerships between organisations. Improved engagement, partnerships and use of evidence to produce shared outcomes can result from utilising this tool.},
doi = {10.1016/j.eiar.2010.02.004},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
issn = {0195-9255},
number = 4,
volume = 31,
place = {United States},
year = {2011},
month = {7}
}