Despite its potential to deliver significant benefits to cities and people, walking is typically overlooked in planning and investment decisions – most likely due to its routine nature. This report identifies key issues with the current investment process that present barriers to appropriate levels of...
This policy brief draws upon the expertise of RMIT’s transport research community to inform policy makers and the wider community on the critical challenge of increasing participation in active transport.
Increasing physical activity in settings where less active children are already participating, specifically in school settings and during free time, may have more immediate benefits than encouraging children to be active in new settings.
This report presents information on the physical activity and sedentary participation rate of Australians across the life stages, reported against Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines.
This report provides further information on physical inactivity as a risk factor for disease burden in Australia. It includes a revised list of diseases linked to physical inactivity, updated estimates of their association, and a broader definition of physical activity.
Active transport (such as walking and cycling) can play a part in reducing non-communicable diseases, but very little is known about how general practitioners can contribute to promoting active transport.
These maps draw on data from the Riderlog application. They are organised to show cycling activity in Melbourne organised by time, gender, age, duration, purpose and origin.
Experimental evidence on the role of the built environment for promoting physical activity is important for informing how to create cities that promote active living. Parks provide opportunities for physical activity; however, there is little robust evidence on the impact of park refurbishment. Government agencies...
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has released initial findings of the most comprehensive national population tracking survey into sport and physical activity in Australia.
The report provides the sport sector with vital insights into participation for adults and children, the barriers to physical activity...
Understanding the flows of people moving through the built environment is a vital source of information for the planners and policy makers who shape our cities. Smart phone applications enable people to trace themselves through the city and these data can potentially be then aggregated...
Describes the extent to which interventions for parents and families can improve child physical health and wellbeing outcomes.
Parents and the family and home environment play a central role in the early learning and development of infants and children. A range of interventions exist...
In Australia, deaths as a result of dementia have now taken over cerebrovascular disease as the second leading cause of death. At present, over a quarter million Australians suffer from dementia and projected estimates indicate that the figure can reach a high of nearly one...
This report argues that health and employment services should intervene earlier, involve key stakeholders and ensure they work together in order to help people with mental-health issues find work and stay in a job.
Provides a synthesis of the findings of...
The National Cycling Strategy aims to double, by next year, the number of cyclists in Australia. Recent figures suggest about 16% of us have ridden a bike in the past week. Cyclists come in many forms: the ‘Lycra brigade’, hipsters with their fixies (fixed gear...
This article shows that comparable measures can be created across a range of cultural settings revealing profound global differences in urban form relevant to physical activity.
Based on a Canadian initiative, this annual report provides information on the physical activity and sedentary behaviours of Australia's children and young people.
Australia is a sporting nation and sport is an integral part of our national identity, which is...
Consistent with the aims of a WA government policy, residents in walkable (i.e., liveable) neighborhoods may be more physically active.
Creating walkable environments produces a range of health and environmental co-benefits including increased physical activity, social interaction, sustainable living and environmental protection. This project developed, trialled and validated a ‘Walkability Index Tool’. This is an automated geospatial tool capable of creating walkability indices for neighbourhoods...
Perspectives on Sport is a series of short articles on topics of interest relating to sport and physical recreation using data sourced from a range of ABS surveys.
This is the tenth issue of Perspectives on Sport. Future releases will feature articles on topics...
Commencing in 2003, RESIDE is a longitudinal natural experiment examining the impact of urban planning on active living in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia.