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Healthabitat is launching a free, interactive, online publication on 2 October 2013 in a bid to improve living conditions and health in some of Australia's most disadvantaged communities. The online publication will provide policy makers with a valuable resource, backed by almost 30 years of wisdom acquired through successful efforts to improve housing and health in some of Australia's toughest living environments.
Housing for health: the guide is supported by data, collected from over 7,500 houses in Aboriginal communities across Australia, and will be a valuable resource for architects, designers, builders, project managers, environmental health officers, health professionals and communities to ensure new or old housing improves health.
The Guide is based on the 'nine healthy living practices', first developed in 1985 by Healthabitat, that have guided a rigorous survey-and-fix methodology called 'housing for health'. Although originally implemented in some of Australia's most disadvantaged Indigenous communities, the 'nine healthy living practices' have more recently been used for projects in rural villages in Nepal and Bangladesh through to urban environments in New York City, USA.
The Guide will be launched by Dr Norman Swan, host of the Health Report on ABC Radio National and multi-award winning broadcaster and journalist.
For further information about Healthabitat and the Guide, please refer to the contact details/links below.
Ph: (02) 9973 1316