Announcing Healthabitat O/S Ltd

August 8th, 2016

Healthabitat O/S Ltd is a not-for-profit company aiming to improve and advance the health and standard of living of people living in poverty throughout the world, primarily through facilitating the improving of their housing and surrounding living environment.


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The three directors of HH first met and started working together in 1985, brought together by the challenge set by the then director of Nganampa Health Council, Yami Lester to “stop people getting sick”. As the principles and solutions were developed out of the UPK report, the three formalised their commitment through a not-for-profit partnership, with each partner contributing their professional skills to various projects as needed. Any income not used on the projects was used to defray travel and running costs.

In 1998 Healthabitat became a private Australian company with similar aims and the original partners became directors. They are:

Paul Pholeros AM (Architect), Managing Director
Dr. Paul Torzillo AM (Thoracic Physician), Medical Director and
Stephan Rainow (Public and Environmental Health Officer), Community Director.

The Directors made a not-for-profit charter which allows the company to trade as a Pty Ltd company, receive fees and government contracts and act as a social business. This structure also enabled Healthabitat to use any profits to develop the Housing for Health methodology and tools, provide seed funds for national research projects and support overseas projects.

Why Healthabitat O/S

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Funding for these projects has been supported by donations from individuals, families and organisations. In 2014, Healthabitat decided to establish a not-for-profit subsidiary with charitable status and in 2015 was successful in gaining Charity status from the ACNC and Deductible Gift Status (DGR) from the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

Healthabitat O/S can provide tax-deductibility status to donors and receive donations online for its projects and will remain guided by the methodologies and principles of the Australian work created and managed by HH.

Who is HH O/S:

The HH O/S directors selected a team from HH Managers and Directors with a range of skills who can continue the running of projects.

The Board of Directors:

David Donald: Architect, Housing for Health Manager, Program Manager for HH O/S, Director of HH O/S, Director of Central Australian Affordable Housing Company

Karin Richards: National Manager for HH, and Director of HH O/S.

Stephan Rainow: Community Director of HH, Director of HH O/S, UPK Coordinator for Nganampa Health Council

Dr. Paul Torzillo: Medical Director of HH, Director of HH O/S, Medical Director of Nganampa Health Council (SA); Head, Department of Respiratory Medicine & Executive Clinical Director RPAH; Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney; Board member of The Fred Hollows Foundation

Plus many other contributors, partners and participating communities in Australia and round the world.


HH O/S Ltd is a listed Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) registration with the Australian Tax Office so we can accept tax deductible donations from individuals or organisations over $2.

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