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HIA Conference 2006 Overview

7th International Heath Impact Assessment Conference

"Health Impact Assessment: Making the Difference"

In April 2006, the Wales Centre for Health and the Cardiff Institute of Society Health and Ethics, hosted the 7th International Health Impact Assessment Conference which was held at the historic Coal Exchange, Cardiff Bay. 
The conference was opened by Professor Gareth Williams, who also welcomed the First Minister, Rhodri Morgan to the event (see photograph), which was being held in Wales for the first time.  Health impact assessment forms part of the Welsh Assembly Government's overall strategy for improving health and reducing inequalities that persist in Wales and the conference provided an opportunity for Wales to showcase its achievements in this rapidly developing field.  The First Minister addressed the conference and there were also speakers from the Welsh Local Government Association, and the Strategic Policy Unit and the Health Improvement Division within the Assembly. The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, John Griffiths, hosted a tour of new Senedd, in Cardiff Bay. 
The event attracted around 180 academics, policy makers and practitioners from the UK and other countries including the Europe, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Korea.  The keynote speaker was Professor Sally Macintyre, one of the world's leading medical sociologists, and Director of the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow.  The event also provided an opportunity for a diverse range of delegates to learn from each other, share best practice and network on local, national and international levels.  As one delegate commented:
            The development of HIA in different countries has followed different routes but is facing a range of similar issues.
Gareth W and Rhodri Morgan
Included is information on the workshop outcomes, the training sessions which took place before the conference and presentations from the speakers at the conference itself.  For further information please contact Liz Green at

Last updated: 23/04/2012