Research projects on Health Impact Assessment by Gesundheit Österreich GmbH

Completed

HIA Guideline For Practice

In cooperation with members of the Austrian HIA network, the HIA Support Unit developed a guideline for conducting HIA in Austria. This guideline describes the theoretical basics, the process of HIA and gives an overview of supporting methods. Aim of the guideline is to support the conducting HIA in practice.

Concept for HIA training

The HIA Implementation Concept describes workforce development as one key area for capacity building. Therefore, the concept for HIA training defines which measures and offers could support workforce development regarding HIA.

Health Impact Assessment; Concept for establishing HIA in Austria

In 2009, GÖG/ÖBIG formulated a concept for establishing HIA in Austria 2009 commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Health. This included a general description of HIA, the role of HIA in the concept of “Health in All Policies”, health promotion, and health inequalities. The paper also included goals, benefits and evidence for the effectiveness of HIA as well as the main results of international country analyses. Furthermore, the study included evaluation of the Austria-specific starting point, which included input from interviews with experts.

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Ongoing

Research projects on Health Impact Assessment in Austria

No other research projects are currently known of. More information on ongoing and completed HIAs in Austria can be found here.

Theses and dissertations on Health Impact Assessment in Austria

As part of the curricula of a number of university and technical college programmes (for example, university public health programmes in Graz and Vienna and the health management programme in Pinkafeld) HIA is included as a topic of instruction and is also sometimes specifically chosen as a thesis or project theme by the students. Here is a list of some recent examples:

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Roßmann, Bianca (2016): Retrospective process evaluation of the pilot project „HIA on expansion of the road B 68“. Master’s Thesis to fulfil the requirements for the academic title "Master of Arts in Business" (MA). Study programme health management in tourism. FH JOANNEUM.

Bauer, Lisa J. (2015): Qualitative analysis of health impacts in course of the HIA pilot project „HIA on expansion of the road B 68“ on community level. Master’s Thesis to fulfil the requirements for the academic title "Master of Arts in Business" (MA). Study programme health management in tourism. FH JOANNEUM.

Stipacek, Carina (2015): HIA in Styria – inventory of general conditions and recommendation for action for conducting HIA in Styria in consideration of expert’s interviews. Master’s Thesis to fulfil the requirements for the academic title “Master of Public Health” (MPH). Medical University of Graz.

Gangl, Daniela (2014): Factors for success for HIA in the field of traffic. Master’s Thesis to fulfil the requirements for the academic title "Master of Arts in Business" (MA). Study programme health management in tourism. FH JOANNEUM.

Pachschwöll, Margit (2012): Health Impact Assessment as tool for fostering the multisectorial responsibility of health for the Austrian population. Master's Thesis to fulfil the requirements for the academic title "Master of Arts in Business" (MA). IMC Fachhochschule Krems

Speckbacher, Maria (2010): Health Impact Assessment It's Application in the Health Sector, Health policy Development and Implementation.
Master’s Thesis to fulfil the requirements for the academic title "Master of Arts" (MA). Management Center Innsbruck

Jensby, Ann (since 2010): International experience implementing and conducting Health Impact Assessment: What can Austria learn from these examples?
Master’s Thesis to fulfil the requirements for the academic title “Master of Public Health” (MPH). Medical University of Vienna.

Geiger, Harald (2010): An attempt to evaluate the health impacts of the social project “Kindergartens as Family Centres” in the city of Dornbirn, Austria using Health Impact Assessment (HIA).
Master’s Thesis to fulfil the requirements for the academic title “Master of Public Health” (MPH). Medical University of Graz.

Ronald Kurtz (2009): Health Impact Assessment (HIA). Literature review of the concept of HIA, shich is used to systematically evaluate policy decisions, programmes or projects in relation to their positive and negative health effects.
To fulfil the requirements for the academic title “Doctor”. Medical University of Graz.

Antes, Gernot (2008): Health Impact Assessment. An introduction and guideline, as well as an example project in Vienna.
Master’s Thesis to fulfil the requirements for the academic title “Master of Public Health” (MPH). Medical University of Graz.

Mock, Silvia (2007): Health Impact Assessment versus Gesundheitsverträglichkeitsprüfung. How exactly are health effects considered?
Master’s Thesis to fulfil the requirements for the academic title Magister/Magistra (FH) for careers in health management and health promotion, Technical College, Pinkafeld.