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Constructing and maintaining houses

Posted on: 13 June, 2012
Issue: Vol 12 No 2, April 2012 – June 2012
Related to Closing the gap Environmental health Housing Remote Rural

Pholeros P, Phibbs P (2012)
Constructing and maintaining houses
Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This factsheet provides information on the construction and maintenance of Indigenous housing, in particular, best practice approaches to construction and maintenance. The key message is investment in housing should enhance how a house functions for its residents.
The issues addressed in this factsheet include:

  • remoteness
  • climate
  • local environmental conditions (e.g., mineral content, vermin)
  • social and cultural factors
  • crowding
  • tenure
  • household incomes.

Best practice approaches draw on the information provided in the National Indigenous housing guide produced by the Australian Government’s Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the Housing for health program developed by Healthabitat.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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