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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(12), 12896-12914; doi:10.3390/ijerph111212896

A Health Impact Assessment Framework for Assessing Vulnerability and Adaptation Planning for Climate Change

School of Public Health, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Impact Assessment, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia
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Received: 3 November 2014 / Revised: 5 December 2014 / Accepted: 8 December 2014 / Published: 12 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Impact Assessment: Realizing Its Potential)
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This paper presents a detailed description of an approach designed to investigate the application of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) framework to assess the potential health impacts of climate change. A HIA framework has been combined with key climate change terminology and concepts. The fundamental premise of this framework is an understanding of the interactions between people, the environment and climate. The diversity and complexity of these interactions can hinder much needed action on the critical health issue of climate change. The objectives of the framework are to improve the methodology for understanding and assessing the risks associated with potential health impacts of climate change, and to provide decision-makers with information that can facilitate the development of effective adaptation plans. While the process presented here provides guidance with respect to this task it is not intended to be prescriptive. As such, aspects of the process can be amended to suit the scope and available resources of each project. A series of working tables has been developed to assist in the collation of evidence throughout the process. The framework has been tested in a number of locations including Western Australia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Nauru. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; adaptation; health impact assessment; vulnerability climate change; adaptation; health impact assessment; vulnerability
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Brown, H.; Spickett, J.; Katscherian, D. A Health Impact Assessment Framework for Assessing Vulnerability and Adaptation Planning for Climate Change. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 12896-12914.

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