Health and housing trajectories following climate-related natural disasters

Project Details

Climate related natural disasters will increase in Australia into the future. We need to plan our housing response. The immediate effect of natural disaster events is disruption to housing security, housing condition, loss or damage of home, and displacement. Provision of affordable housing to people who experience floods, heatwaves, bushfires, cyclones, and other extreme weather events is a critical part of our emergency response. Importantly, these events have a profound effect on people’s health, particularly their mental health and wellbeing subsequent to the experience. The right approach to housing assistance has the potential to greatly ameliorate the effect. This project aims to use longitudinal data collected over a 20-year period to describe the housing trajectories of people who experience natural disasters so as to inform the development of approaches to best address this pressing issue.


Li, A., Toll, M., Martino, E., Wiesel, I., Botha, F., & Bentley, R. (2023). Vulnerability and recovery: Long-term mental and physical health trajectories following climate-related disasters. Social science & medicine (1982), 320, 115681. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.115681

Li, A., Toll, M., & Bentley, R. (2023). Health and housing consequences of climate-related disasters: a matched case-control study using population-based longitudinal data in Australia. The Lancet Planetary Health, 7(6), e490-e500.



This project is funded by the Hallmark Research Initiative for Affordable Housing and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

Project period

2022 – 2023


Dr Ang Li

Research Group

Healthy Housing

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Policy

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