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02 July 18

New Fixed Term Post for a Health Impact Assessment Development Officer Opened in WHIASU

An exciting opportunity within the Policy, Research and International Development Directorate has arisen for a Health Impact Assessment Development Officer. This is a fixed term/secondment post until 31st March 2019. The post is for 7.5 hours per week at a Band 8a.

06 June 18

Anglesey Public Toilet HIA informs Welsh Government Policy

The Welsh Government announced last week that under the new Public Health (Wales) Act 2017, all local authorities in Wales will have one year to develop a public toilet strategy. In 2017, a comprehensive HIA on the provision of public toilets in Anglesey, North Wales was completed and published by Huw Arfon Thomas, Environmental Health Operations Manager, Anglesey CC (with support from WHIASU). The HIA was used to support and inform the development of the National Strategy which has resulted in the new LA requirement.

14 May 18

New WHIASU Newsletter Published Today

WHIASU have published the Spring/Summer 2018 edition of their newsletter today. Some of the features include: an update on the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017, an update on the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station development HIA, information on HIA training, plus lots of useful links and resources.

24 April 18

New HIA Training Dates Released

WHIASU have released new dates for their Rapid (Desktop) HIA Competency Training Course in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). Day 1 will take place on September 18th 2018 and Day 2 will take place on November 27th 2018. The course will be held at Conwy Business Centre, Llandudno Junction, Conwy, LL31 9XX.

04 April 18

Updated HIA eLearning Course

WHIASU have recently updated their HIA e learning course to include their quality assurance (QA) review framework for HIA and new examples of the practical application of HIA in communities, housing and health & social care.

28 March 18

Wales - world leading on investment for health and well-being

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated Public Health Wales’ Policy, Research and International Development Directorate as a WHO Collaborating Centre on ‘Investment for Health and Well-being’. The designation recognises Public Health Wales as a world leading authority on supporting investment in people’s health and well-being, driving sustainable development and promoting prosperity for all.

20 March 18

WHIASU and the Town & Country Planning Association to Collaborate on a New Project

WHIASU have recently announced that they will be collaborating with the Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) on an exciting new project in 2018.

20 March 18

Planning for Better Health and Wellbeing in Wales Resources

We have compiled five useful resources from the 'Planning for Better Health and Wellbeing in Wales' document for those who work within the fields of public health and planning. These resources will help to support practitioners better integrate health and wellbeing into planning and non planning sectors in Wales.

05 February 18

Webinar: Health, wellbeing and gender impacts: HIA of a Night Time Economy Framework

How has Health Impact Assessment (HIA) added value to the night time economy (NTE)? What are the health impacts of the NTE, and what groups are affected? Many of these impacts are sex/gender-related and are surprising in several respects. This webinar on the 15th of February 2018 uses a case study from the Welsh Government to discuss stakeholder perspectives and recommendations; how the safeguarding of NTE participants has been enhanced; and how the HIA has provided insight to the Welsh Government to revise the NTE and clearly articulate the key groups who would be affected and the potential consequences for them.

05 February 18

Comprehensive Health Impact Assessment on Anglesey's Public Toilet Provision

The first ever HIA of a public toilets strategy was undertaken in Anglesey in 2016 to inform decisions in relation to the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017 and also the need for local authorities to prepare a Toilet Strategy. It has since informed the Welsh Government Toilet Strategy which is out for consultation currently and references the HIA: https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/local-toilets-strategies-statutory-guidance-local-authorities?lang=en