These cubes show overall characteristics of the communities and dwellings surveyed and fixed in the Fixing Houses for Better Health (FHBH) program.
The housing for health approach used in the Fixing Houses for Better Health (FHBH) program supports the idea that a householder's ability to practice specific healthy living practices (HLPs) is dependent upon the functionality of their house, in particular what is called 'health hardware'.This includes items such as safe electricity and water supply, toilets, showers, washing areas and food preparation areas.
A total of 36 HLPs have been defined. These can be grouped into 9 broad groups and an over arching safety HLP which was developed after the original 9. The HLPs have been described as either critical or non-critical. The 11 critical HLPs are shaded in Table 1.
Note: Critical HLPs are shown in red.
Information from the FHBH survey fix has been used to calculate a score between 0% OK and 100% OK for each HLP. It is essential to score 100% OK for all the critical HLPs to achieve a safe and fully functional dwelling. Scores below 100% OK give an indication of the extent to which a dwelling meets the HLP. For each of the HLPs, dwellings have been grouped into the following categories:
The results of a number of individual survey data items are used to calculate each HLP score. The following tables show the survey data items which contribute to each HLP score. The score needed for 100% OK is shown for each data item as well as the possible responses and their score.
1.2 Washing children: basin/bath/tub working
To score 100%OK either the basin, bath or laundry tub must be 100% OK. Tables 8, 9 and 10 show the survey data items which contribute to the HLP score for basin working, bath tub working and laundry tub working.
For each community participating in the program, all dwellings were surveyed and fixed at the beginning of the program to determine whether the health hardware and other features of the house were functioning (SF1). Maintenance work was then undertaken and non-functioning items were fixed within budget, with priority being given to critical HLPs. A second survey fix was then conducted for each dwelling (SF2).
The Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA+) index is used to categorise areas based on their level of remoteness. It is a standard classification sourced from the ABS ASGC (Australian Standard Geographical Classification) and used in the Census. Areas are classified based on the road distance to the nearest service centres in five size categories based on population size. From these measurements, the area is classified into one of the following five categories: major cities, inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote.
The data cubes include data from a number of programs. The dimension program is broken down into the categories 'FHBH' and 'Housing for Health'. The category 'FHBH' can be further broken down into FHBH 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8. FHBH 1 was funded by the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) in 1999-2000. The Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA) funded FHBH 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 programs in 2002-04, 2004, 2004-05, 2007-08, 2007-08 and 2008-09, respectively. A number of other organisations have funded programs and these are grouped into the category 'Housing for Health'.
The number of people per dwelling is the number of people using the house at and around the time of the survey. It includes all children.
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