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Health impact assessment and urbanisation. Lessons from the NSW HIA Project

Patrick J. Harris, Ben F. Harris-Roxas, Elizabeth Harris, Lynn A. Kemp

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 18(10) 198–201 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/NB07073B Published online: 26 September 2007

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Patrick J. Harris

Ben F. Harris-Roxas

Elizabeth Harris

Lynn A. Kemp


Health impact assessment (HIA) can ensure that health is a core element of sustainable urban planning. Based on the experience of the NSW HIA Project, we discuss the current strengths of HIA and challenges facing it as an urban sustainability tool across five areas: the use of evidence; integrating HIA with environmental impact assessments; including consideration of equity; recognising wider determinants of health; and building capacity.