Evaluation of an Australian indigenous housing programme: community level impact on crowding, infrastructure function and hygiene.

TitleEvaluation of an Australian indigenous housing programme: community level impact on crowding, infrastructure function and hygiene.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBailie RS, McDonald EL, Stevens M, Guthridge S, Brewster DR
JournalJournal of epidemiology and community health
Volume65
Pagination432–7
ISSN1470-2738
KeywordsAustralia, Child, Child Welfare, Data Collection, Environment, Female, Health Policy, Housing, Housing: standards, Humans, Hygiene, Infant, Male, Newborn, Nonparametric, Oceanic Ancestry Group, Oceanic Ancestry Group: statistics & numerical dat, Population Density, Preschool, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Residence Characteristics, Residence Characteristics: statistics & numerical, Statistics, Time Factors
Abstract

{BACKGROUND AND AIM: Housing programmes in indigenous Australian communities have focused largely on achieving good standards of infrastructure function. The impact of this approach was assessed on three potentially important housing-related influences on child health at the community level: (1) crowding, (2) the functional state of the house infrastructure and (3) the hygienic condition of the houses. METHODS: A before-and-after study, including house infrastructure surveys and structured interviews with the main householder, was conducted in all homes of young children in 10 remote Australian indigenous communities. RESULTS: Compared with baseline, follow-up surveys showed (1) a small non-significant decrease in the mean number of people per bedroom in the house on the night before the survey (3.4, 95% CI 3.1 to 3.6 at baseline vs 3.2, 95% CI 2.9 to 3.4 at follow-up; natural logarithm transformed t test

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DOI10.1136/jech.2009.091637