Health & Housing
Poor environmental and living conditions promote the spread of infectious diseases. To achieve good health outcomes, most houses in a community must have health hardware functioning most of the time. Houses must be designed well, soundly constructed and regularly maintained.
This section of the Guide provides information on the health hardware required to ensure the nine Healthy Living Practices are taken into account when designing, upgrading or maintaining a house.
Functioning health hardware and the capacity to perform Healthy Living Practices reduce the pool of infectious organisms and, therefore, rates of diarrhoeal disease, skin infection, pneumonia, eye infection and other transmissible diseases. These diseases are common in many Indigenous communities in remote areas.
- B1 - Washing People
- B2 - Washing clothes and bedding
- B3 - Removing waste water safely
- B4 - Improving nutrition – the ability to store, prepare and cook food
- B5 - Reducing the negative impacts of crowding
- B6 - Reducing the negative effects of animals, insects and vermin
- B7 - Reducing the health impacts of dust
- B8 - Controlling the temperature of the living environment
- B9 - Reducing hazards that cause minor injury (trauma)