Barriers to Planning Healthier Cities in Victoria, Australia

By Carolyn Whitzman.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Since 2002, the Planning for Health and Wellbeing Project has been supported by VicHealth (the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation) and housed within the Planning Institute of Victoria. The project has been very successful in raising the profile of healthy community planning. However, surveys in 2002 and 2005 reveal that planners still find it difficult to 'plan health in' instead of 'planning health out'. A follow-up study with front-line planners suggests that there is a need to embed some simple guidelines and policies within state planning provisions, and that the 'social marketing' approach needs to be replaced with a 'legislative change' agenda within a broader sustainability planning framework.

Keywords: Healthy Cities, Urban Planning, Evaluation, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.145-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 516.279KB).

Dr Carolyn Whitzman

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Carolyn Whitzman is Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. Previously, she worked for the City of Toronto on healthy city initiatives. Dr. Whitzman has an international reputation for her work on the prevention of violence. Current research interests include the development of integrated violence prevention initiatives at the local government level, increasing independent mobility for children, and the policy implications of planning for healthy cities. She is a Board Member of Women in Cities International ( and was Chair of the Planning for Health and Well-being Project at the Planning Institute of Australia Victoria ( from 2004 to 2006.


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