The use of health impact assessment to determine the potential impact of an Australian urban development proposal on health and well-being
A health impact assessment (HIA) was conducted on a local government urban proposal entitled "The Blue Mile, Wollongong City Foreshore Project". Findings from the HIA showed that the Foreshore Project had the potential to benefit the health of residents and visitors by increasing opportunities for physical activity and social cohesion. The HIA also indicated there may be some benefits in relation to access to healthy food. This study demonstrated the value of the HIA process as a practical framework for bringing local government and health sectors together to determine the potential impact of urban development on health.