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Equity-focused health impact assessment: a tool to assist policy makers in addressing health inequalities.

Simpson, Sarah, Mahoney, Mary, Harris, Elizabeth, Aldrich, Rosemary. and Stewart-Williams, Jenny 2005, Equity-focused health impact assessment: a tool to assist policy makers in addressing health inequalities., Environmental impact assessment review, vol. 25, no. 7-8, pp. 772-782, doi: 10.1016/j.eiar.2005.07.010.

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Title Equity-focused health impact assessment: a tool to assist policy makers in addressing health inequalities.
Author(s) Simpson, Sarah
Mahoney, Mary
Harris, Elizabeth
Aldrich, Rosemary.
Stewart-Williams, Jenny
Journal name Environmental impact assessment review
Volume number 25
Issue number 7-8
Start page 772
End page 782
Publisher Elsevier Inc.
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2005-10
ISSN 0195-9255
Keyword(s) health impact assessment
equity
Summary In Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) the use of health impact assessment (HIA) as a tool for improved policy development is comparatively new. The public health workforce do not routinely assess the potential health and equity impacts of proposed policies or programs. The Australasian Collaboration for Health Equity Impact Assessment was funded to develop a strategic framework for equity-focused HIA (EFHIA) with the intent of strengthening the ways in which equity is addressed in each step of HIA. The collaboration developed a draft framework for EFHIA that mirrored, but modified the commonly accepted steps of HIA; tested the draft framework in six different health service delivery settings; analysed the feedback about application of the draft EFHIA framework and modified it accordingly. The strategic framework shows promise in providing a systematic process for identifying potential differential health impacts and assessing the extent to which these are avoidable and unfair. This paper presents the EFHIA framework and discusses some of the issues that arose in the case study sites undertaking equity-focused HIA.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.eiar.2005.07.010
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Elsevier Inc
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008795

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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