Health Impact Assessment Documents
The Public Health Intelligence and Analysis staff at Community and Public Health prepared these reports, often together with other staff and organisations.
Canterbury HIAP Partnership (CHIAPP)
Date of Publication: June 2012
Since September 2010, Christchurch has had multiple major earthquake events (September 10, Dec 26, 2010; February 22, June 11 and December 23, 2011) and a further 9000 or more aftershocks. The ability to complete both the planned HIA work and subsequent evaluation has been interrupted. While physical locations of work and changing priorities impacted on how the evaluators could carry out the evaluation tasks, the opportunities that these natural disasters afforded the project were serendipitous. The ability to create major pieces of work such as the Integrated Recovery Planning Guide (IRPG), and the opportunity to ensure that the determinants of health were included in future planning for the city, were timely.
Date of Publication: July 2011
The second report on the Canterbury Health Impact Assessment Partnership Project (CHIAPP) is written within the context of three major earthquakes that have occurred in our region in the past 9 months. The impacts these events have had on people’s lives are multi layered and numerous. People have had to cope with many things lost and broken; from people to homes to work environments, to sewerage pipes, to roads, shops, sports clubs, schools, supermarkets, the Central Business District (CBD) and so on.
All four partners involved in this project are in the business of providing social and civic services, so it is obvious that the earthquakes have impacted severely on their business as usual activities. Further, the earthquakes have precipitated the establishment of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), a new central government department, to lead and co-ordinate the ongoing recovery work in Canterbury. CERA aims to help restore the social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being of greater Christchurch communities.
Date of Publication: November 2010
The Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Partnership Project in Canterbury is a new initiative that is associated with the role of the newly funded and contracted HIA Project Officer. It was launched in October 2009 with four partner organisations.
In March 2010, an Evaluation Plan for the Health Impact Assessment Partnership Project was developed. The purpose of the evaluation of the HIA partnership project was defined as “using a stakeholder approach, which will look at the different perspectives and experiences of all involved, a formative evaluation using qualitative methods will be undertaken.”
Other Project Reports
Date of Publication: January 2016
The Port of Lyttelton was severely damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010/11. This damage presents a major challenge in terms of remaining operational while at the same time rebuilding and planning for the long term. The rebuilding of the Port is one of the largest building recovery projects in New Zealand and one that represents an opportunity to contribute to the long term benefit of Lyttelton, Christchurch and wider Canterbury.
Community and Public Health was asked to carry out an evaluation of the Wellbeing Impact Assessment of the Port Lyttelton Recovery Plan Project.
Health Impact Assessment: Review of Environment Canterbury’s Air Plan – Potential effects of wood burner restrictions on wood burning households [727Kb PDF]
Date of Publication: September 2014
There are a range of health impacts associated with low household temperatures, particularly for vulnerable population groups such as the elderly, infants and young children, low income households, and people with chronic illness. The introduction of either a ban on the use of wood burners or further restrictions on wood burners could exacerbate these affects for some wood burning households.
Evaluation of the Health Impact Assessment of the Canterbury Regional Land Transport Strategy [912kB PDF]
Date of Publication: June 2013
Effective and accessible transport is important for supporting health. To help ensure that the transport system in Canterbury best supports the health of Cantabrians, a health impact assessment (HIA) was undertaken to support the development of Environment Canterbury’s 2012 Canterbury Regional Land Transport Strategy (CRLTS).
The 2012 CRLTS was initially intended for release in 2011, but its development was delayed by the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes. An interim evaluation report covering the processes used in the HIA was completed prior to the earthquake in 2012. This report builds on the interim report by considering what influence the HIA has had on the CRLTS and the capacity of local government and health organisations to improve the health of the community.
Information Sheets about Health in all Policies
Community and Public Health staff as part of the Canterbury Health in All Policies Partnership (CHIAPP), developed the following information sheets on Health in All Policies.
Date of Publication: September 2011
This review considers the impact on health of water management decisions such as water allocations, project consents and allocation of conservation grants. The review is intended to inform health impact discussion at Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS) Zone Committee meetings.
The submission highlights the fact that health is influenced by a wide range of factors beyond the health sector. Health services help to restore people to good health or provide care for people when they are in need. However, much greater impacts are attributed to environmental, social and behavioural factors.
Date of Publication: December 2010
A community’s health and wellbeing is rimarily determined by social, cultural, economic and environmental factors which lie outside and beyond the control of the health sector. Sectors responsible for these factors have great scope to influence the health of a population through their policies, plans and programmes.
A rapid health and wellbeing review of the draft Canterbury Regional Policy Statement (dCRPS) was undertaken in December 2010 by personnel from Canterbury District Health Board and the Regional Council. The two day workshop reviewed fourteen chapters and the recommendations will contribute to the regional council’s internal review process.
Health Promotion and Sustainability Through Environmental Design: A Guide for Planning – A qualitative review of Applications and Future Possibilities [273kB PDF]
Date of Publication: December 2010
Health Promotion and Sustainability Through Environmental Design (HPSTED) is a Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) and Christchurch City Council (CCC) good practice planning guide that identifies fourteen themes that contribute to community wellbeing.
HPSTED was prepared to provide a framework for CCC policy planners to assess sustainability and health impacts of developments on the Christchurch community. This report provides information about ways in which HPSTED has been used by CDHB and CCC personnel.
Economic and social impact of patient versus clinician travel: An overview of the literature [183kB PDF]
Date of Publication: October 2010
Specialist services have become increasingly centralised over recent decades in response to evidence of better outcomes for patients treated in hospitals that have high volumes of complex procedures. Although this may be positive overall, there is evidence that centralisation may reduce access to care for people who live far from main centres, and that social and ethnic disparities may be exacerbated.
Patients who live far away from specialised services experience time, financial, and personal barriers to care. They often need an accompanying person, who also experiences the same disadvantages. Impacts include direct costs for transport, accommodation and food, cost of time away from work for patients and accompanying other(s), and child care costs. Other, less measureable barriers include lost productivity, finding substitutes for home or business activities, unfamiliarity with the larger centre, isolation from wider family support, and poor coordination that results in unnecessary travel.
Date of Publication: July 2010
Transport planning can have positive impacts on health by encouraging active lifestyles and enhancing opportunities for access to goods, services and social interaction equitably across all society. Conversely, negative impacts can result from transport planning that is undertaken without an awareness of how importantly transport influences people’s opportunities to live a healthy and fulfilling life, to work and pursue leisure activities.
Thirteen aspects of the wider physical and social environment in relation to transport were considered covering safety, active lifestyles, access to goods and services, healthy environments, equity, cultural diversity, housing, social and community capital, amenities, sustainability, community resilience, food security, and economic development.
Other HIA Reports
Date of Publication: June 2011
In light of the 22 February 2011 6.3 magnitude quake, the document created in response to the 4 September 2010 quake has been updated.
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