The health impacts of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: proactive planning is required, but who will do this?

Patrick Harris
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00743
Published online: 17 November 2014

To the Editor: The recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are a timely reminder of the 2018 Games planned for the City of Gold Coast. In 2013, the Queensland Government, in collaboration with Gold Coast City Council, produced a legacy plan to identify actions to be taken across government and to invite community input and engagement with the Games, including creating a health legacy.1 However, in the document supporting this plan, only two explicit health actions stand out: an accessible and inclusive active living and healthy eating program, and a local health and knowledge precinct to help generate economic development.2

  • Patrick Harris

  • Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


The impact assessment was funded by the Gold Coast City Council but was undertaken independently. The views expressed are mine, and this letter is based on, but independent of, the impact assessment. Alison Ziller provided valuable feedback on early drafts.

Competing interests:

I was subcontracted to undertake the health component of the impact assessment. I am permitted to publish the findings and use them for teaching and training purposes. In the past, I have worked with Queensland Health's tropical population health services to build their capacity to undertake health impact assessments as part of intersectoral planning processes.


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