Blau, G & Mahoney, M. 2005. The Positioning of Health Impact Assessment in Local Government, Deakin University , Melbourne.
From the executive summary:
In those countries where HIA is being applied either strategically or routinely at the local government level, it has directly improved local area planning and public policies, and has indirectly:Download the Report
- encouraged key decision-makers in non-health departments to consider unanticipated health impacts of their decisions, particularly differential impacts across the municipality;
- facilitated intersectoral collaboration within local government;
- provided a systematic mechanism for evidence-based planning;
- encouraged ownership of local government decisions by utilising civic intelligence; and
- identified and made transparent trade-offs in local government decisionmaking.