Australian Guidelines - Physical Activity


Australian Guidelines on the topic of improving physical activity in communities. Inclusion here does not indicate that these are best practice examples.

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Title Author/organisation  Year  Synopsis 
Active, healthy communities resource package. Queensland Government, Heart Foundation 2010 A resource package for Local Government to create supportive environments for physical activity and healthy eating is a suite of tools to assist Queensland councils create local environments that support active, healthy communities and lifestyles.
Promoting Physical Activity – Ten recommendations from the Heart Foundation  Trevor Shilton  2001

Lack of physical activity is a major risk factor in heart and blood vessel disease and is the leading cause of death in Australia. Regular moderate physical activity through life reduces the risk and of other diseases as well.

Physical activity should be promoted, with its benefits and other aspects pushed more into the daily lives of the individual either at work or at home.
Healthy Parks, Healthy People Program  Government of South Australia  2007  Healthy Parks program is an initiative from the Department of Environment and Heritage aimed at improving the quality of life of South Australians by encouraging greater use of managed parks and improving community awareness of the health benefits.

This plan focuses on several key areas including growing prosperity, improving wellbeing and building communities.

The key objective is to increase the number of South Australians who engage in recreational and environmental activities in managed parks.
National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework Commonwealth Department of Health 2011  Australians place a high value on sport and active recreation, the Federal system has much strength including the ability to work nationally to achieve collaborated results.

This framework provides a guide for the development and alignment of policies, strategies and programs by governments within their own jurisdictions in pursuit of a high performing sport and active recreation system that delivers increased participation, success in international sports and a strong national sporting competition.  
Healthy Active By Design   Heart Foundation 2012  Healthy Active by Design (HAbD) is a tool to inform the design of communities that support and promote healthy and active living. Practical guidance, checklists and case-studies are categorised into nine key design features that will assist planners, urban designers and related professionals to design a built environment that enables people to be healthy and active in their community. Other potential users of the resource include professionals from health, community development and sport and recreation who wish to advocate for and promote health and wellbeing across a range of projects.  
Walk WA : A Walking Strategy for WA Be Active WA   2007-2020 Western Australia will be a vibrant, safe, accessible place with a supportive walking environment where all Western Australians enjoy walking for health, recreation or transport.
Healthy Spaces and Places Guidelines, Australia Plan Melbourne  2014 National guide to create a more cohesive built environment that promotes increased physical activity.

Creates compact, mixed-use areas with higher levels of street connectedness and density, activity centres with a range of land use, high quality POS and opportunities for social interaction.

Delivering facilities for physical activity, lowering transport speeds and improving streetscape amenity for shared community gardens, public transport opportunities and passive recreation.  
A guide to planning and designing environments for active living in Tasmania  Heart Foundation   

Healthy by Design has numerous documents released around Australia to guide and built opportunities for active living within communities. The Heart Foundation encourages urban planners and designers to prioritise needs of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.

Tasmania has growing health concerns including cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease that link directly to obesity and decreased activity levels in the community.

Physical inactivity increases the chances of these diseases, meaning more opportunities are required in urban design to support active living.