Urban Locational Disadvantage and Health

Fran Baum

Urban Locational Disadvantage and Health is a four year National Health and Medical Research Council funded project which has been examining the ways that local neighbourhoods can have an impact on the health of its residents, in particular in terms of the role of social capital. The project is a collaboration between SACHRU, the Discipline of Public Health and the School of Environment and Population Studies at Flinders University. As part of the project four case studies have been conducted in postcodes within the Local Government Areas of Onkaparinga, Playford, Burnside and Prospect. Residents within these areas were asked about their experiences of living in their neighbourhood through questionnaires and interviews, with a small number also asked to take photographs of what they liked and didn’t like about their areas. Community groups within each area were surveyed and a food basket survey was also undertaken. In the consultative workshops preliminary results from these case studies were presented and discussed. A community report incorporating the outcomes from these workshops was published in 2007. Please see our webpage for further information: http://www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/sites/southgate/research/projects/location-health/urban-locational