What are the ingredients for a healthy city?

Professor Louise Potvin of the Université de Montréal

Professor Louise Potvin of the Université de Montréal

South West Sydney is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW and one of the State’s largest local health districts currently servicing a population of more than 885,000 people.

With the local population expected to almost double in the next 20 years, the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, based in the heart of the region, has Population and Health Services research programs that focus on the health and wellbeing of whole communities, grounded in the evidence about the positive and negative impacts of the social determinants of health equity and their distribution within our society.

The mission of the Institute’s Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation research group (CHETRE) is to “co-create intelligence for better health” in and beyond South Western Sydney. For more than 20 years, CHETRE has been integrating with the community by maintaining close connections with the local Aboriginal (Tharawal) community, providing the Service Training and Research (STaR) outreach program to disadvantaged neighbourhoods, and delivering planning and policies for health equity.

Most recently, CHETRE published “Is Anyone Listening?” a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) report on the Western Sydney Airport Community Engagement process. CHETRE’s director Professor Evelyne de Leeuw has been associated with the World Health Organisation’s Healthy Cities evaluations since 1986. Understanding how urban environments play a critical role in determining the health and wellbeing of communities, and responding to the increasing developments of South West Sydney, Professor de Leeuw has collaborated with the local health district, key universities and institutes to form the Urban Health Incubator.

The Urban Health Incubator brings together a diverse range of scientists to help highlight the role of the natural and built environment in health to research ways to improve the positive influences it can have on residents. To celebrate its official launch on May 18 Professor Louise Potvin from the Université de Montréal (pictured left), Scientific Vice-President of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education, will present a master class on Research in and for Urban Planning and Healthy Urban Development.

To join the official launch and learn about Healthy Cities, simply call 1300 665 541.

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