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Topic: housing

#NSW Votes lacks a vision for dealing with poverty and disadvantage

The two critical issues for NSW electors on Saturday appear to be concerns about coal seam gas, and ownership of the poles and wires of the state’s electricity network, according to former MP Tony Windsor, who expects the vote to be close (writing in The Saturday Paper). Meanwhile, Tracy Howe, CEO of the Council of […]

“A place to call home” – the winning entry in Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition

This statement is issued on behalf of the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, the online publication Inside Story, and Croakey. A freelance writer from NSW, El Gibbs (pictured right), has won the second Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition with an essay titled, “A place to call home: housing security and mental […]

Conference hears a damning critique of Indigenous housing program

Rosemary Cadden reports from the recent CRANAplus conference: An award-winning Australian company involved in housing projects in disadvantaged regions in Australia and around the world has raised serious questions about a national Indigenous housing initiative with a budget of $5.5 billion. Paul Pholeros, a director of Healthabitat, said successive governments had refused to look at evidence […]

“If we built housing to suit the community’s needs, we might end up with more children at school and more people in work”

The news that Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion plans to link priority for social housing in remote areas to school attendance and employment is ringing alarm bells for Paul Dutton, a ‘wiimpitja’ of the Barkindji nation in western NSW. Paul Dutton writes: The Minister’s plan looks like putting the cart before the horse. Please […]

Housing policies: designed to create stress, inequity and other health and social problems

The policies of governments at all levels combine to make Australian housing very expensive, and to exacerbate inequities between the housing haves and have nots. That is one of the overarching themes from the latest Insight journal, published jointly by the Victorian Council of Social Service and Australian Council of Social Service on the topic of […]

What we can learn from large-scale disasters about responding effectively to homelessness

The previous Croakey post looked at how the response to homelessness varies between Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin and according to whether it is framed as a health or a law and order issue. The article below, by Heather Holst from HomeGround Services, looks at what can be learnt from the unprecedented public and government response […]

How the response to homeless people varies between Darwin, Sydney and Brisbane

In the first of two Croakey articles that examine services for homeless people, Caroline Chen reports on a recent analysis suggesting people receive very different types of services depending upon whether they are in Sydney, Brisbane or Darwin, and depending upon whether homelessness is framed as a health issue or a law and order issue. […]

Why we need healthy housing policy (and introducing Croakey’s first intern)

Housing stress is in the headlines as a result of this new report from The National Housing Supply Council, which was established by the Australian Government in 2008 “to monitor housing demand, supply and affordability in Australia, and to highlight current and potential gaps between housing supply and demand from households”. Meanwhile, recent research highlights […]

The financial crisis and what it means for peoples’ health

With the European financial crisis in the headlines, let’s not forget that these are important matters for peoples’ health, as well as the world’s bank balances. A US study tracking people older than 50, published last week in the American Journal of Public Health underlines the link between financial stress and health. It found those […]

How are Health Impact Assessments changing policy? (and some story ideas for journalists with an interest in health…)

Do journalists spend too much time and effort covering the health and medical industry, and not enough covering the health consequences of broader policies? It’s a question that springs to mind in light of an increasing use of health impact assessments (HIAs), a tool used to assess the likely health effects of policies, whether in […]