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Healthy housing worker program in far west New South Wales
This housing maintenance program for Indigenous communities operates in the far west area of New South Wales (NSW). The program is run by the Murdi Paaki Regional Housing Corporation (MPRHC) in partnership with the Greater Western Area Health Service. The program aims to:
- improve environmental health outcomes for participating communities
- build the capacity of community members to fix and maintain houses.
Methods used by the program include:
- providing a preventative maintenance program
- developing a property management database
- training workers in practical handyman trade skills and community environmental health principles
- building networks with local and regional agencies
- promoting community education on property maintenance and environmental health and safety.
The program uses the 'Housing for health' methodology, which is a system for surveying and fixing houses that prioritises safety and health. For more information about the 'Housing for health' methodology, which is used by different Indigenous housing organisations around Australia, see the links below.
Murdi Paaki Regional Housing Corporation
428 Blende Street
PO Box 270
Broken Hill NSW 2880
Ph: (08) 8088 6077
Fax: (08) 8088 6070