Ending the Housing and Health Divide: New Guidelines

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Aurora Lecture Theatre

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)

Castray Esplanade

Hobart, TAS

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Join us for a public lecture to discuss how guidelines can be used to inform Australian policy on both housing and health.

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Housing and health represent two of the largest parts of our economy, but they remain largely separated, which causes needless suffering and avoidable costs. Health care costs can be reduced by remediating housing conditions associated with disease and injury; similarly, housing sustainability can be improved by making investments in housing quality, enabling residents to reap both housing and health benefits. The World Health Organization has recently released rigorous, scientifically based housing and health guidelines. The guidelines featured findings from many countries, a series of systematic literature reviews and specific recommendations. For example, the guidelines contain recommendations on thermal conditions in housing and showed how better insulation can improve health outcomes, as well as reduce heating and cooling costs. There are also recommendations on crowding, injury prevention, accessibility and other issues. A healthy home includes keeping homes dry, ventilated, maintained, accessible, free of contaminants, free of pests, safe from injury hazards, affordable and thermally controlled. This talk will discuss how the guidelines can be used to inform Australian policy on both housing and health, and re-establishing partnerships between planners, health care and housing professionals, citizens, financial institutions and many others.

David Jacobs served on the WHO Housing and Health Guidelines and Development Group. He is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney and has testified before the US Congress and is widely published. This presentation is supported by The Henry Halloran Trust.

This event is proudly presented by the Housing and Community Research Unit, Social Sciences, College of Arts, Law and Education and supported by the Institute for the Study for Social Change, College of Arts, Law and Education -both within the University of Tasmania.

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Aurora Lecture Theatre

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)

Castray Esplanade

Hobart, TAS

Australia

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