Healthy Housing Unit

Research Overview

A quarter of Australia’s disease burden is comprised of cardiovascular disease, COPD, anxiety, depression, asthma, falls and injury. All such health issues have been at least partly attributed to housing. While other high-income countries have actively and successfully used housing to reduce their burden of disease, Australian policy and research has failed to bridge disciplinary silos. Furthermore, housing interventions in Australia have only inadvertently improved health, missing the opportunity for evidenced based housing improvement for efficient health gain.

Aims:

  • Generate high quality epidemiological research on the relationship between housing and health.
  • Model the effect of housing focussed interventions on health.
  • Train and mentor a new generation of scholars to conduct rigorous research on Healthy Housing.
  • Translate and disseminate our work to policy makers, thought leaders, media, and the public and reinforce the message that social determinants of health are primary drivers of population health.




    Current projects: 

    Projects based in Healthy Housing Unit

  • National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Healthy Housing
  • ARC Discovery - Closing the housing gap: A spotlight on intergenerational inequalities
  • NHMRC Ideas Grant - Evidence for action on cold, damp and mould in Australian homes
  • Non-lead projects

  • Health lens lead in UoM Hallmark Research Initiative in Affordable Housing
  • 2 ARC LIEF Grants conducting housing condition surveys as critical data infrastructure
  • AHURI Research Grant – Housing and wellbeing in Australia
  • AHURI Research Grant – Renting in the time of COVID
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Twitter - @Housing_CRE

Website - www.healthyhousing-cre.org

Staff

  • Professor Rebecca Bentley (Unit Head)
  • Dr Ang Li (Healthy Housing Research Fellow)
  • Erika Martino (Spatial and mixed methods)
  • Adelle Mansour (Research Assistant)
  • Yuxi Li (Research Support)
  • Holly Jones (Research Project Coordinator)
  • Rebecca Nosiara (Research Support Officer)

    Graduate researchers
  • Yuxi Li - Children’s health and housing
  • Amber Howard - Intergenerational inequalities in health (joint PhD with Uni Amsterdam)
  • Paul Fleckney - Place and youth mental health
  • Sheenagh McShane - Refugee housing
  • Erika Martino - Housing and domestic violence

Honours students 2021

  • Holly Jones – Measuring mould in Australian homes
  • Macken Stirling – Housing stability and the mental wellbeing of public housing tenants

Funding

The Healthy Housing CRE is a 5-year project funded by the NHMRC from 2020-2025.