Spatial research shapes government health policy

Location data informs Australia’s public health policy

The increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases across the world makes health one of the biggest spends for government of all levels. The research into the relationship between health and place has never been so important.

The University of Canberra Health Research Institute’s global health platform — the Australian Geospatial Health Lab (AGeoH-L) — is painting a clear picture of Australia’s health landscape and influencing public health policy across local, state and federal government.

Today, AGeoH-L supports policy makers in developing and evaluating targeted intervention plans that are specific to populations and their environments through active partnerships between the community, health services and policy makers.

Read the full story on how the University of Canberra is working with federal agencies to influence health policies and the distribution of resources where they are needed the most.

For more on how spatial data affects government policies, explore our resource page or connect with the Government Team.

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