Place, Health and Liveability

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Creating healthy, liveable and sustainable cities is a major challenge in the face of population growth, social inequalities, traffic congestion, peak oil and increases in non-communicable diseases. Planning and delivering better cities is a local, national and global priority.

The Place, Health and Liveability program - established jointly with the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, studies neighbourhoods to understand the relationships between built and sociocultural environments and health. Healthy and liveable communities provide the basis for social equity, harmony, economic resilience and environmental and social sustainability. Our work contributes to academic scholarship and aims to inform policies and practices to create healthy liveable communities.

Our priority areas are to:

  • explore the nexus between place, health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on locational disadvantage,
  • examine the extent to which local and state planning policies, including transport, land use and health impact on the social determinants of health,
  • influence future policies to improve population outcomes.

We collaborate with communities, government, non-government organisations and the private sector in health, planning, housing and transport.