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Greg Paine & Susan Thompson
Healthy built environments place people and communities at the heart of urban planning, encouraging decision-making based on human health, well-being and environmental sustainability.
This paper describes the development of a set of indicators to assist in this endeavour—by translating and linking the research evidence base with policy-makers and other practitioners.
The paper describes how the indicators were chosen, contextualized and subsequently structured to maximize useability for urban planners and health professionals working together to improve community health and neighbourhood sustainability.
This work was initiated by the Healthy Built Environments Program (HBEP) at the City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and was partly funded by the NSW State Ministry of Health.
The authors acknowledge the preparatory work undertaken by Drs. Jennifer Kent and Vivian Romero.
Reviews of the Indicators by the HBEP Advisory Board, particularly the Chair, Professor Peter Sainsbury, are also gratefully acknowledged.