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Rapid versus intermediate health impact assessment of foreshore development plans

Susan E. Furber A F , Erica Gray A , Ben F. Harris-Roxas B , Leonie M. Neville C , Carolyn L. Dews D and Sarah V. Thackway E
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A Division of Population Health and Planning, South East Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service

B Research Centre for Primary Health Care & Equity, University of New South Wales

C Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Advancement, NSW Department of Health

D The Cancer Council, Wollongong

E Centre Epidemiology and Research, NSW Health Department

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NSW Public Health Bulletin 18(10) 174-176
Published: 26 September 2007


Objective: To describe the main differences between conducting a rapid health impact assessment (HIA) and an intermediate HIA on foreshore development plans and their feasibility from a health service perspective. Methods: A rapid HIA and an intermediate HIA were undertaken on two foreshore development plans. Results: The main differences between the two HIAs were in the identification, assessment and decision-making stages of the HIA. Conclusion: While the rapid HIA was less resource intensive than the intermediate HIA, there are several factors that affect the feasibility of conducting this type of HIA within a short time period.


We acknowledge the contribution of Dian Tranter, Andy Goldie and Cate Wallace in the conduct of the Wollongong HIA and the contribution of Tuesday Wallin, Darren Mayne, Linda Campbell and Diane Hindmarsh in the conduct of the Shellharbour HIA.


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