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.


  • 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: 
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Healthy Housing.
  • ARC Discovery - Intergenerational inequalities and health
  • NHMRC Ideas Grant – Cold, mould and damp housing and health
  • ARC LIEF Grants (*2) Housing condition surveys (Infrastructure funding)
  • Health lens lead in UoM Hallmark in Housing Affordability
  • AHURI Research Grant – Housing and wellbeing in Australia
  • AHURI Research Grant – Renting in the time of COVID

Twitter - @Housing_CRE

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  • Professor Rebecca Bentley (Unit Head)
  • Holly Jones (Research Manager)
  • (Currently being advertised) - Social Epidemiologist (Level A/B)
  • Erika Martino (Spatial and mixed methods)
  • (Currently being advertised) -Simulation modelling (A/B) shared across Population interventions unit
  • Yuxi Li (Research Support)

    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
  • Erika Martino - Housing and domestic violence
  • TBA  - CRE in Healthy Housing1
  • TBA - NHMRC Ideas Grant


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

Research Projects

School Research Themes

Data science, health metrics and disease modeling, Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Unit Head Professor Rebecca Bentley

Department / Centre

Centre for Health Policy

Unit / Centre

Healthy Housing Unit

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