ShadeSmart Program: Module 1 - Health Challenge

ShadeSmart Program: Module 1 - Health Challenge


The Health Challenge

Key Note Speaker: Hon. Minister Rob Stokes 

Prior to his commencement in politics, Rob was previously a lawyer and academic in environment and planning law, and holds a life-long interest in environmental land use, heritage and sustainability. Currently NSW Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport, Minister Stokes has always been a strong advocate for thoughtfully and purpusely well designed landscapes and always reiterates how crutial our Public Open Space is to the well-being.


1. ShadeSmart Context

AAG Chair - Andrew Turnbull 

- What is the ShadeSmart Program

- Partnership: AILA | CCNSW | CINSW

- CPD Program

- 2021 Member survey


2. Skin Cancer in Australia

CCNSW-Liz King

- What is skin cancer ? 

- Health Facts 

- Cost to society 

- Education & behavioural change 

- SWG: multi disciplinary approach

Preview video and resources


3. The Challenge

UNSW - Prof. Susan Thompson 

-Overview of a health supportive environment (how can the built environment support community health and wellbeing?) – this will focus on the four interconnected ‘domains’ that underpin my work (how the built environment supports: planetary health; physical activity; social connection; healthy eating)

- Some key examples of how landscape architects can contribute to creating a health supportive built environment- with special mention of shade in key examples

- The co-benefits of shade - introduce the cross over with heat mitigation. 

Powerpoint presentation and Resources Library


4. AILA & Role of Landscape Architects in designing a Healthy Built Environment and places

AAG Chair - Andrew Turnbull

- AILA leadership

- Green infrastructure

- Healthy Communities 

- Climate resilient design

- Advocacy

- AILA Awards Program – innovative practice

- Quality shade and UV design delivery


5. Live Q&A  


Andrew Turnbull is a Registered Landscape Architect | Urban Design professional based in Sydney. . In recent years Andrew is focused on advancing a ‘public health approach to planning and design’ spanning policy, research and design. Since 2019, is a strategic advisor to the Cancer Council NSW – Shade Working Group and Chair of the AILA NSW ‘ShadeSmart’ Advisory Group [2021].


As Manager of Skin Cancer Prevention at Cancer Council NSW, Liz King leads the implementation of sun protection programs across various settings, to enable good sun protection practices that will reduce the risk of skin cancer, and improve the health and wellbeing of people living in NSW. 


Dr Susan Thompson is Professor of Planning and Associate Director (Healthy Built Environments), City Futures Research Centre in the School of Built Environment, Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture at UNSW Sydney. Susan is one of the first urban planners in Australia to advocate for the importance of healthy built environments, making significant contributions to the field’s research evidence base, interdisciplinary educational curriculum and body of scholarship from an urban planning perspective. Her contributions have advanced understandings about the supportive nature of the built environment for health and wellbeing as part of everyday living, contributing to legislative innovation, policy and practice to enhance the strategic relationship between urban planning and health. Susan has received numerous awards for her work, including the prestigious Sidney Luker Medal (2015) and the Australian Urban Research Medal (2017). Susan is an avid Nordic Pole walker (and sun hat wearer) in vast urban green spaces and delights in unexpected connections with people and their furry companions on her mentally and physically restorative rambles!

ShadeSmart Program



Wednesday, 30 March 2022
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
2 Formal CPD CPD Points