Healthy Urban Development Checklist

  • The built environment is increasingly being viewed as influencing the health of the population. Whilst the public health concerns of water-borne and air-borne transmission of disease have largely been mitigated by modern development, today there is growing concern about the link between the built environment and ‘lifestyle diseases and risk factors’. That is why, as part of a stronger focus on prevention in relation to chronic disease, NSW Health has been developing its capacity to support urban environments which contribute to ensuring that our communities start out, and stay, healthy.

    The purpose of the Checklist is to help build the capacity of NSW Health to provide valuable feedback to local councils, and other relevant organisations, on health issues in relation to urban development plans and proposals.

    This checklist provides opportunities for participation in the planning and development system of various societal sectors:

    - Healthy Food
    - Physical Activity
    - Housing
    - Transport and Physical Connectivity
    - Quality Employment
    - Community Safety and Security
    - Public Open Space
    - Social Infrastructure
    - Social Cohesion and Social Connectivity
    - Environment and Health

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  • Commissioned by the NSW Department of Health and Sydney South West Area Health Service

    October 2009, 192 pages

  • Additional Information:
  • The Checklist provides an opportunity for NSW Health to play a key role in realising healthy, sustainable communities in NSW and is useful for health professionals. It will increase health professionals’ capacity to examine comprehensively and critically urban development policies, plans and proposals in relation to health. It is intended that the use of the Guideline will promote effective engagement between health professionals and urban planners and developers who value the contributions each can make to creating places where people can live healthy and fulfilling lives.

  • Date of publication:
  • October 2009
  • Rights:
  • NSW Department of Health
    SHPN (CER) 090161
    ISBN 978 1 74187 4112
    For further copies of this document please contact:
    Better Health Centre – Publications Warehouse
    PO Box 672
    North Ryde BC, NSW 2113
    Tel. (02) 9887 5450
    Fax. (02) 9887 5452

    Further copies of this document can be downloaded from the NSW Health website:

  • Contact Information:
    73 Miller Street
    Tel. (02) 9391 9000
    Fax. (02) 9391 9101
    TTY. (02) 9391 9900

  • Languages:
  • English
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