01 Nov, 1999 Last updated: 27 Nov, 2014

A discussion paper prepared for VicHealth by Jenny Sitlington

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Resource 1: Executive Summary (137KB)
Resource 2: Introduction (43.8KB)
Resource 3: The Relationship Between Transport and Health (147KB)
Resource 4: Trends in Transportation (97.6KB)
Resource 5: Factors Influencing Transport Choice (142KB)
Resource 6: Transport Policy and Initiatives Overseas (265KB)
Resource 7: Transport Policies and Programs in Australia (289KB)
Resource 8: Opportunities for Health Promotion in the Transport Sector and References (235KB)

A discussion paper prepared for VicHealth by Jenny Sitlington November 1999

Car ownership and travel have brought considerable benefits, but have also created new health and social problems. There is a growing body of scientific evidence linking motorised road transport with damage to human health through road accidents, air pollution and noise. Increased car travel is also correlated with additional and cumulating health risks from declining levels of physical activity and the fragmentation of neighbourhoods.