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Frequently Asked Questions

For definitions of terms used on this website please see the Glossary

What is Healthy Spaces and Places?

Healthy Spaces and Places is a national guide for planning, designing and creating healthy, sustainable, people friendly places. It comprises this website and an overview document.

Who developed Healthy Spaces and Places?

This resource was developed by a collaborative team comprising the Australian Local Government Association, the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Planning Institute of Australia with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. For more information about the people involved in the project please see Acknowledgements.

What was the methodology used to develop Healthy Spaces and Places?

The project involved considerable consultation across Australia, on a draft national planning guide, and in response to feedback from these consultations a website was developed. A series of focus groups in capital cities and regional centres were held to test the pilot website. A consultation summary was also produced and there has been significant advocacy throughout the project. For more information see Fact Sheet 1 – About Healthy Spaces and Places.

What makes Healthy Spaces and Places different from other health and planning resources such as Healthy By Design ®?

Healthy Spaces and Places has a national focus and was developed by a collaborative partnership, the Australian Local Government Association, the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Planning Institute of Australia. The primary resource developed is web-based. These are unique characteristics of Healthy Spaces and Places.

Where can I find resources to assist me such as powerpoint presentations?

These are available for downloading from the Making It Happen section of the website. Please acknowledge Healthy Spaces and Places as Australian Local Government Association, National Heart Foundation of Australia and Planning Institute of Australia, 2009 Healthy Spaces and Places: A national guide to designing places for healthy living. Planning Institute of Australia, Canberra.

What national awards are available to promote leading practice in this area?

The Planning Institute of Australia and the National Heart Foundation have health and planning awards processes that are currently state based. More information about their Awards categories, timing and process is available on their websites.

Where can I go for education and training in this area?

Short courses (4-5 days in duration) are offered by Capire/Planning Institute of Australia in Melbourne and Flinders University, Adelaide. Several universities run units in their planning programs on Healthy Planning and Healthy Communities – University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, University of New South Wales. See Education and Training in the Making It Happen section of the website.

How does this relate to what is happening in my state\territory?

The Healthy Spaces and Places project supports and complements the substantial initiatives currently being undertaken by state, territory and local governments. For information about what is happening in these different jurisdictions see the Resources and Links section.

I want to read more about this. Where can I find a list of reading list?

There is a list of key books, journal articles etc on the Why Health and Planning? part of the website


 

Last updated on 20th September, 2010

Sponsors This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.