Journal article

Developing indicators of public open space to promote health and wellbeing in communities

Karen Villanueva, Hannah Badland, Paula Hooper, Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Suzanne Mavoa, Melanie Davern, Rebecca Roberts, Sharon Goldfeld, Billie Giles-Corti



There is growing interest from policy-makers, practitioners, and academics alike in creating indicators of the built environment to measure progress towards achieving a wide range of policy outcomes, including enhanced health and wellbeing. Public open space (POS) is a built environment feature that is important for health and wellbeing across the life course, and contributes to the liveability of a region. To optimise health and community wellbeing outcomes, there is a need to test different policy standards and metrics to understand which measures are impactful. Identifying the best POS indicators would be useful tools to measure and monitor progress towards achieving a range of policy and..

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Funding Acknowledgements

BGC is supported by an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow Award (#1004900). KV, HB, SM, MD, and RR are in part, supported by VicHealth. Funding provided by the NHMRC Centre for Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities (#1061404) and The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC) (the latter is supported by NHMRC, ACT Health, NSW Health, the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA), the Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia (HCF) and the HCF Research Foundation (#9100001) are gratefully acknowledged.