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2020 Membership Update
Maridulu Budyari Gumal: Healthy Urban Environments Collaboratory

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. Together we hold great promise for urban health developments at local, state, national and international level.
So much depends on how we shape our cities....
“At the same time that we’re solving for climate change, we’re going to be building cities for 3 billion people. That’s a doubling of the urban environment. If we don’t get that right, I’m not sure all the climate solutions in the world will save mankind, because so much depends on how we shape our cities... it's not just environmental impacts, [it's also] social wellbeing, economic vitality, sense of community and connectedness.” - Peter Calthorpe's TED Talk:  
7 Principles for Building Better Cities, presented live at TED2017, Vancouver

HUE Workstreams

HUE Capacity Building Platforms

Our Current Projects

HUE Collaboratory in 2019 

What were some highlights of 2019?
  • HUE hosted a Townhall Meeting in March, at the Urban Futures Team at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS, which enabled HUE to extend its reach to 14 new partners from industry, local Councils, public sector agencies and peak bodies
  • HUE awarded a total of $132K of seed funding to 6 new projects
  • The Maridulu Budyari Gumal website was launched, housing the HUE webpage.
  • HUE supported a Healthy Streets Workshop, hosted by SWSLHD Population Health as part of the Western Sydney Planning Partnership
  • HUE in collaboration with the SPHERE Knowledge Translation Platform contributed to the development of The HIVE, an immersive art installation, showcased at the Maridulu Budyari Gumal Symposium
  • HUE Presented on ‘Carbon Accounting in Healthcare’ at the Maridulu Budyari Gumal Symposium
  • HUE supported workshops in: ‘Carbon Accounting in Healthcare’ & ‘Targeting unhealthy places: A systematic Approach’
  • Towards the end of 2019 provided an Oral Presentation on HUE Impact to Maridulu Budyari Gumal review panel.

2019 Maridulu Budyari Gumal Performance Review

As part of the annual Maridulu Budyari Gumal Performance review, HUE Collaboratory was assessed against parameters of Leadership, Research and Innovation, Translation, Education and Training and Collaboration.
A Powerpoint Presentation of HUE's Impact Story presented by Prof Evelyne de Leeuw to the Maridulu Budyari Gumal Review Panel in November 2019. 

The panel were impressed with HUE’s written report and oral presentation and found HUE to be "a new group with strong effective leadership, a visionary mission, with strong engagement with external partners". 

2020 Events

HUE Collaboratory 
What's on in Q1 and Q2 of 2020? 

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Events from the Maridulu Budyari Gumal and HUE Network

Seminar: Cities for Children and Young People, hosted by ACYP and the Children and Youth Research Network, UNSW: Thursday, 12 March 2020
  • For more information and to register click here.
  • Speaking at this event will be:
    • Opening address by Zoë Robinson, A/Advocate for Children and Young People
    • Associate Professor Kate Bishop, Discipline Director Landscape Architecture UNSW and Convenor Children and Youth Research Network
    • Yvette Andrews, Manager Strategic Engagement and Community Relations, City of Sydney
    • Jane Threlfall, Principal Urban Designer Government Architect, Department of Planning and Environment
    • Fiona Robbé, Director, Landscape Architects
  • The seminar is open to anyone who works in the children and young people sector. This is a unique opportunity to hear from several leading experts in the field of children, young people and the built environment, places are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Improving Aboriginal Children's Lung Health Online Training Module: free and online. To access the module click here
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)

Our mailing address is:
HUE Collaboratory, 1 Campbell St, Liverpool NSW 2170

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