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Healthy community assessment tool



The Healthy community assessment tool project aimed to develop and trial a tool to measure, monitor and evaluate key social determinants of health at a community level in Australian rural and remote communities. 

The tool was developed and piloted through a multi-phase and iterative process that involved a series of consultations with community members and key stakeholders, as well as trials of the tool in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory of Australia.

The tool can be used to assess a community's:

The Healthy community assessment tool offers a vehicle and process to help those involved in planning, service provision and more generally promoting improvements in community social determinants of health. The tool offers many potential uses and benefits for those seeking to address inequities in the social determinants of health in remote communities. Maximum benefits in using the tool are likely to be gained with cross-sector involvement and when assessments are part of a continuous quality improvement program.

Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research


Menzies School of Health Research
Elizabeth McDonald
Senior Research Fellow
John Mathews Building
Royal Darwin Hospital Campus
Rocklands Drive
Casuarina NT 0810
Ph: (08) 8946 8600
Fax: (08) 8946 8464

Related publications

McDonald EL, Bailiie R, Mitchel T (2013)

Development and trialling of a tool to support a systems approach to improve social determinants of health in rural and remote Australian communities: the healthy community assessment tool.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 12: 15

Retrieved 26 February 2013 from


Last updated: 30 June 2015
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