Housing for Health – the Guide

September 30th, 2013

Housing for Health – The Guide

Has been developed, co-ordinated and funded by Healthabitat.

We acknowledge the generous support from a range of experienced and skilled contributors who have given their time and expertise to develop the Guide’s content and online format.

Healthabitat notes that the Guide has as its base 28 years of work with Indigenous Australians. We hope that, using the principles developed in Australia within 10 years, Housing for Health – the guide, will be the directory for anyone in the world wanting to improve any environment-related health issues by giving detailed guidance on designing, building and maintaining the living environment to improve safety and health.

Housing for Health – The Guide

  • aims to preserve the intent of the three editions of the National Indigenous Housing Guide
  • acknowledges the direct contribution of thousands of skilled people in the planning and completion of Housing for Health projects, from 1998 to the present, that allows the data in the Guide to be made available
  • makes available the data from over 7,500 Indigenous houses tested and improved around Australia during Housing for Health projects to improve new house design, construction and maintenance
  • will continue to link housing and health issues and move towards an international application of the Healthy Living Practices and expand the guide slowly to incorporate lessons learnt from projects in Nepal, USA, New Zealand, Bangladesh, United Kingdom and other parts of the world
  • will strengthen and expand the prioritised health links to make them applicable to medical professionals around Australia and internationally
  • demonstrates the ‘problem’ environments and the solutions using graphics, pictures and video.
  • will be accessible on-line to expand the Guide’s reach and it’s capacity to adapt.
  • will be interactive, encouraging editing, addition and changes by those using the Guide to increase it’s relevance.