Healthy Spaces & Places Healthy Spaces & Places

Who is this for?

Planning & Design Professionals

For planners, design professionals and related groups, Healthy Spaces and Places aims to:

  • show the connection between the built environment and people’s lifelong health and wellbeing
  • provide tools (often by way of example) for those who can make a difference when designing and building new places or redeveloping existing ones
  • provide the evidence to support policy decisions on the importance of the built environment to health and wellbeing
  • support effective decision making
  • encourage information sharing
  • connect professionals and organisations
  • provide a forum for the exchange of ideas.

The following resources will help planning and design professionals:

Healthy Spaces and Places: An Overview - summary of the national guide to designing places for healthy living

Design Principles - key principles to consider when designing environments to support active living

Development Types - how healthy design principles can be applied to a range of development types, such as schools, neighbourhood parks and shopping precincts

Why Health & Planning? - the evidence on how good planning can improve health and wellbeing

Case Studies - practical Australia-wide examples on how to implement healthy planning principles

Making it Happen - once you have the information how to put it into practice

Australian Planning Systems: Health Interventions  – outlines the the stages in Australian planning systems where health and wellbeing can be addressed.

Using the glossary

The glossary on this website is an important tool. For planners, design professionals and related groups, it is the place to go if you come across a health-related term that is not familiar.


Last updated on 6th August, 2009

Sponsors This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.