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August 2020

Healthy Urban Environments Collaboratory (HUE) is pleased to share with you the latest updates from the HUE Collaboratory and the wider Maridulu Budyari Gumal Network. 
Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE) Healthy Urban Environments Collaboratory (HUE) is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration working together to make real impact on policies and practices for urban health in Sydney and Globally. 

HUE brings together actors, agents, institutions and communities that shape and maintain upstream determinants of health in a new network.
This is the first time in NSW that such a group is brought together under an inclusive, open and respectful banner. The approach holds great promise for urban health developments at local, state, national and international level.
HUE Collaboratory welcomes Ms Myna Hua (Manager, Health Promotion Service SESLHD) who will be representing SESLHD on the HUE Executive Committee on behalf of Dr Marianne Gale (Director, Population and Community Health, SESLHD, HUE Executive Member). Myna brings with her a wealth of experience in population health and translational research and will be a valuable addition to the HUE Executive Committee.
HUE's impact and success is dependent on the partnerships between those who shape and have an impact on cities. Towards this mission, HUE remains committed to expanding its membership and partner network. We aim to work with partners from (local) government, industry and civil society in bringing about better and more equitable urban health for all.
HUE is currently exploring novel ways of establishing a peak body in urban health development, research and practice. Our initial scoping (with Astrolabe Group) has generated some exciting options. Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE Council was briefed on these intents and has provided cautious encouragement.

If you are, or represent, a non-Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE member and want to establish stronger ties with our networks, please do not hesitate to contact us. We realise that communities, services, utilities and industry make urban environments 'happen'!
The HUE Collaboratory Rapid Review Funding Scheme:
Urban Health Design and the John Snow of 2020

The HUE Rapid Review Funding Scheme was developed to fund a rapid systematic review which examines how does urban design contributes and/or limits the spread of a pandemic disease like COVID-19.

Congratulations to Dr Patrick Harris (CHETRE, UNSW) and team who were awarded $20,000 for their proposal Urban Planning and Design for the COVID-19 era: a rapid review for policy and practice. 

We look forward to sharing outcomes of the final report once released later this year. 

We encourage all project teams to stay tuned for an upcoming general funding scheme to be released in early September.
Ongoing HUE Projects
Stay tuned for a General Seed Funding Round seeking to fund new HUE projects and HUE Events. 

Details will be released in Early September, with applications due by mid October. 

The Healthy Urban Environments Collaboratory Internship Scheme opened in early August. 

We encourage applicants from all disciplines and backgrounds. We have a number of opportunities available and also welcome students to tailor their own program to align with interests and curriculum. 

More details are available here.

Prioritising Healthy Placemaking Post-COVID19
Western Sydney University

Urban Living Futures and Society Event
In association with SWLHD, WSHA
and HUE Collaboratory
Monday 19th October 2020 2:00 - 4.30pm

Please RSVP your attendance via EVENTBRITE  by 1st October 2020

Applying an equity lens to urban policy measures for COVID-19 in four cities, Cities & Health (Ben Cave, Jinhee Kim, Francesca Viliani & Patrick Harris, 2020)
The health impacts of transformative infrastructure change: Process matters as much as outcomes (Haigh et al, 2020)
Is anyone listening? Health impact assessment of the Western Sydney Airport community engagement process (Haigh et al, 2020)

Western Sydney’s urban transformation: examining the governance arrangements driving forward the growth vision
(Nicky Morrison & Ryan Van Den Nouwelant, 2020)

Thinking about the future of health and cities in the Anthropocene
(Trevor Hancock & Clem Bezold, 2020) 

One Health(y) Cities: Cities are pandemic ecosystems and that’s where the action ought to happen (Evelyne de Leeuw, 2020). 

[BOOK] Slow Cities:  Conquering our speed addiction for health and sustainability 

“Reinforces what you already know about cities, transport, health and sustainability, and provides a clear rationale for why slowing the city is critical for health, in multiple ways.  

Slow Cities demonstrates, counterintuitively, that reducing the speed of travel within cities saves time for people and creates more sustainable, liveable, prosperous and healthy environments. By ‘slowing the city’ we mean both reducing the speed of existing motorised transport as well as encouraging a mode shift to the supposedly ‘slower’ modes of walking, cycling and public transport. 

The first chapter is currently available on-line at 

The final chapter presents a ‘Manifesto for 21st Century Slow Cities’, see: 
An afterword explains the critical relevance of such cities in a world transformed by the COVID-19 crisis.  

HUE Members to share your recent publications please email 
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much (Helen Keller)

Our joint efforts are what makes this collaboration possible and strengthens our position to make real impact on policies and practices for urban health in Sydney and Globally. 
A reminder to HUE Collaboratory members - If you are publishing out of HUE funded projects we expect the lead author to identify themselves as a member of the Collaboratory. See the below paper by De Leeuw as an example:
SPHERE joined forces with the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service in consultation with NSW Health to create a series of 36 fact sheets containing medical advice and instructions covering Arthritis, Asthma, Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes and Stroke. With content development overseen by some of SPHERE’s Clinical Academic Groups, the fact sheets were then written in easy-to-understand English and translated into Arabic, Chinese, (Simplified and Traditional), Greek, Italian and Vietnamese. 

The translated COVID-19/Chronic Condition information sheets are now available on the Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE website:
If you would like to share events and updates with HUE members and/or the wider Maridulu Budyari Gumal Network, or co-brand your workshops and events please email 

Healthy Urban Environments (HUE) Collaboratory Executive Committee:

Prof Evelyne de Leeuw (UNSW; Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation CHETRE), Prof Nicky Morrison (WSU), Prof Jason Prior (UTS, HUE Deputy Lead), Dr Marianne Gale (SESLHD), Dr Stephen Conaty (SWSLHD) & Leila Niemela (Maridulu Budyari Gumal, SPHERE)

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HUE Collaboratory, 1 Campbell St, Liverpool NSW 2170

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