Healthy Spaces & Places Healthy Spaces & Places

Why Health and Planning?

There is a growing body of research showing a connection between our health and wellbeing and the design and structure of our towns, cities and regions. 

Research in this emerging field is now being undertaken by multiple sectors including medical, health promotion, recreational studies, urban studies and planning and transport planning research. 

Link between Health and Planning

Current research establishes a clear evidence base linking elements of the built environment to health outcomes.

History of Planning and Health

Understanding the historical connection between health and urban planning provides a context in which to interpret current trends.

Health and Sustainability

There is a clear intersection between sustainability and planning healthy environments that promote physical activity. In particular, increased walking and cycling can have both health and environmental benefits.  

Forrest Place, Perth
Source: TPG Town Planning & Urban Design

Last updated on 22nd July, 2009

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