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Learning by doing: the value of case studies of health impact assessment Volume 18 Issue 9-10

Ben F. Harris-Roxas, Patrick J. Harris

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 18(10) 161–163 Published online: 26 September 2007

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Ben F. Harris-Roxas

Patrick J. Harris


The nine health impact assessment (HIA) case studies in this issue represent a considerable contribution to the HIA literature and provide a number of lessons. These lessons include the value of using evidence in HIA to aid decision-making; the various forms that stakeholder and community involvement in HIA can take; and the fact that HIA can act as a catalyst for intersectoral engagement. They also highlight challenges faced by HIA practitioners, including time, methods of assessment, developing evidence summaries and considering equity.