The study compares 260 Greater Brisbane suburbs across 10 indicators that either help or hinder residents from leading a healthy life.
These include walkability, access to fresh food, proximity to hospitals and allied health facilities, as well as hindrance factors like density of fast food outlets.
The study also looked at access to open space, tree cover and an ability to use active transport for residents to get to work.
The study’s authors noted that it was about place, not people, so the health outcomes of residents have been deliberately excluded.
However, one aspect of the study was volunteering. “Volunteering has been adopted as a metric for social connectivity and capital as a determinant of mental health,” the study said.
“All things equal, a community that volunteers more is expected to be more highly connected socially. This indicator was based on data from the latest Census, measuring the proportion of a suburbs population that volunteers.”
Each suburb is given a rating out of five stars.
The five star suburbs include:
- Chermside West
- St Lucia
The four-and-a-half star suburbs include:
At the other end of the scale, one star suburbs included:
- Deception Bay
- North Booval
- Acacia Ridge