Featured Resource

  • Evidence Base
  • Tools and Guides
  • Transport Health Assessment Tool (THAT) 

    The Transport Health Assessment Tool (THAT-Melbourne) was designed to measure health impacts associated with increased physical activity due to replacing short car trips under 10km by walking and cycling. It was developed as a quantitative health impact assessment (HIA) model within a partnership project with the Victorian Department of Transport.

    The tool provides important research evidence to support and advocate for active transport and to make the connection between the influence of transport policies on health. It may be used by a range of audiences to increase understanding about the implications of transport decision-making on health and is available to the public via the Australian Urban Observatory. 

    Health impacts are assessed through 20 different scenarios where short car trips are replaced with walking, cycling or a combination of both walking and cycling. Active transport scenarios are used to measure and model the impact on disease risk because of changes in physical activity from increased walking and cycling. The diseases included in the model are:

    • ischaemic heart disease
    • stroke
    • diabetes mellitus type 2
    • colon cancer
    • lung cancer, and
    • breast and uterine cancers in females. 

    The model follows the Melbourne population with baseline year of 2017 until people they die or reach the age of 100. Health benefits from physical activity accumulate over a lifespan and so, becoming active earlier in life has greater health benefits across the lifespan and is reflected in the incidence and mortality of disease. 

    The RMIT Centre for Urban Research team has been awarded a strategic grant from The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre. As part of this project, the existing tool will be scaled up by developing a new Transport Health Assessment Tool for Brisbane – THAT-Brisbane.

    Resource sourced by Health and Wellbeing Queensland

    Related Resources

    Case Study: Do Your Thing
    Do Your Thing is an initiative of the ‘Building a Healthy Bundaberg’ Alliance (BaHB) with the ambitious goal of reducing the rate of overweight and obesity in the Bundaberg region to below the national average by 2030. 
    Supporting people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to make healthy choices
    Teaching resources that support people from CALD communities to make healthy food choices and increase physical activity.
    Healthy New Communities Project
    Supporting people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities remain active and navigate the Australian food system
    How supportive are workplace environments for sitting less and moving more?
    A descriptive study of Australian workplaces participating in the BeUpstanding program.
    Funding finder
    Innovative interactive map encourages region to get active 
    Queensland Health Services Planning Portal
    Interactive dashboards and reports for Queensland Hospital and Health Service regions.