Journal article

Using spatial measures to test a conceptual model of social infrastructure that supports health and wellbeing

M Davern, L Gunn, C Whitzman, C Higgs, B Giles-Corti, K Simons, K Villanueva, S Mavoa, R Roberts, H Badland

Cities and Health | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2017


Social infrastructure requires a consistent and measurable definition and more evidence is needed to demonstrate why it is important to health, wellbeing and the liveability of a community. In this paper, social infrastructure is defined as life-long social service needs related to health, education, early childhood, community support, community development, culture, sport and recreation, parks and emergency services. These services are needed to promote health and wellbeing and underinvestment and poor planning of social infrastructure has been linked to area-based health inequities. Current methods used to plan infrastructure delivery in communities were analysed and a new conceptual frame..

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