We invite you to join us for a three-day conference on health impact assessment (HIA) bringing together international experts and practitioners in policy and planning, impact assessment, and health and wellbeing. Together we will review the latest studies and thinking about ways to make health impact assessment more effective.
An individual's quality of life is reliant on their personal health and wellbeing, and that of the wider community. With good health comes the ability to engage in social and cultural, as well as economic, activities.
But how do we make sure our policies, programmes and projects contribute to community wellbeing, and do not compromise individual or community health?
There is an emerging international consensus on those factors that promote wellbeing and those that can be considered detrimental, and how this understanding can be employed in the development of appropriate policies, plans and projects, especially through the use of HIA.
HIA also provides a tangible means by which organisations can work together, and with key stakeholders, through the policy/plan development process—it converts verbal and written commitments into practical action.
This Asia Pacific regional conference will provide an important opportunity for HIA practitioners to discuss their practices and experiences with each other, with practitioners from other areas of impact assessment, and with policy makers and planners from many sectors, in central and local government, as well as the private sector. Dialogue between groups and across disciplines is essential if HIA is to become more effective in meeting the needs not only of decision-makers, but also those of key stakeholders, and the wider community.
As a basis for meaningful dialogue, the conference seeks to showcase innovative work on methodologies and techniques, as well as highlighting the latest thinking on effective ways to the institutionalise assessment procedures, construct regulatory frameworks, and manage the HIA process.
The conference aim is for every participant to go away with practical ideas for new ways of working, that can be implemented now, and with strong links to the rapidly expanding network of HIA practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region.
Suggestions for other themes, consistent with the overall aim of the conference, will be considered.