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Healthabitat is an Australian company with the goal of improving the health of disadvantaged people, particularly children, by improving their housing and the condition of the living environment.


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Ongoing - Housing for Health projects in NSW continue and over 8,000 houses have now been improved. The new Australian Government makes no decision about the Housing for Health national program.

January - the second Nepal Sanitation Studio is held in Nepal. This includes WorldSkill Foundation plumbers, students from the Universities of Sydney and Newcastle and a movie maker. The Studio is hosted by CHDS Nepal and HH.

March - Sanitation work in Diepsloot, Johannesburg in South Africa begins with the support of WASSUP, Sticky Situations and the WorldSkills Foundation.

June - the first multi skill Water Innovation Challenge is held in Singapore by WorldSkills with 'real-world' briefs for the competition prepared by HH. Team USA wins the challenge from Team Australia.

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January - Nepal Sanitation Studio held with support from Egress Studio, the World Plumbing Council, Worldskills Foundation, RMIT and IAPMO developing new design ideas to improve rainwater storage quality.

February - HH invited to the Commonwealth Association of Architects Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Housing for Health projects continue in New South Wales.

May - HH invited to present a TEDX talk on the theme of Housing for Health at the Sydney Opera House.

July - Bangladesh Sanitation Workshop develops the design and program for 2 proto-type washing and toilet units in northern Bangladesh for construction in October 2013 

July - a meeting in Liepzig Germany chaired by the WorldSkill Foundation agrees to support 4 international projects proposed by Healthabitat in Nepal, Bangladesh, PNG and South Africa.

July August - HH invited to exhibit in the CUSP travelling exhibition and Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 

October - Launch of Housing for Health - the Guide 

October - Construction by SAFE, a local Bangladesh NGO, commences on 2 proto-type washing and toilet units

December - preliminary feasibility work with WASSUP and Sticky Situations in Diepsloot, South Africa completed in preparation for construction works in 2014.

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April: Healthabitat requested to establish a sanitation project in Bangladesh and commences the feasibility for a program in Dhaka. 

August: Housing for Health roundtable London chaired by BSHF (UK) and Healthabitat

August: Healthabitat's Housing for Health project chosen to represent Australia in the World Architectural Biennale, Venice Italy

October: World Habitat Award study tour to Nepal hosted by BSHF(UK), CHDS (Nepal) and HH.

November: Amnesty International commences a campaign for better Indigenous Housing in Australia.

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March, Healthabitat wins national Australian Institute of Architects Leadership in Sustainability Prize for sustaining people.

Mid 2011, Australian Government ends funding for the national Fixing Houses for Better Health program, running since 1999.

October, Healthabitat wins the UN Habitat, World Habitat Award from 250 entries received from 82 countries.

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2010 - Review of the health impact of 10 years of Housing for Health projects completed and published by NSW Department  of Health shows a 40% reduction in illnesses associated with a poor living environment 

2010 - A trial Housing for Health project commences in Brooklyn, New York City, USA

2010 - Healthabitat decides to decline further contracts with the Australian Government commencing 30th June 2011. Housing for Health projects continue in NSW.

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2005 - Healthabitat wins a 3.5 year tender to provide the Australian Government with a range of applied research and development projects and Fixing Houses for Better Health projects nationally. Housing for Health projects continue in NSW 

- first website developed

2007 - Healthabitat commences work on improving the sanitation of a small village in Nepal with Australian and Nepali partners 

- Healthabitat wins the International Union of Architect's prize for the long term alleviation of poverty

2009 - Healthabitat extends the previous contract for an additional 2 years to provide the Australian Government with a range of applied research and development projects and Fixing Houses for Better Health projects nationally. Housing for Health projects continue in NSW

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2001-2005 - Fixing Houses for Better Health program and Housing for Health projects continue nationally, improving over 3,000 houses by 2005. Contracts are for one year only and require at least 6 months negotiation to complete. Additional Housing for Health projects continue improving houses in NSW and are managed by the NSW Department of Health with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the Aboriginal Housing Office

2004 - Independent review of the Fixing Houses for Better Health program is completed and is overwhelmingly positive. The review recommends longer duration contracts and expansion of the work.

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1996 - The first Queensland Housing for Health trial project was commenced at Pormpuraaw, north west Cape York peninsula.

 - The first New South Wales Housing for Health trial project was commenced at Muli Muli, in the northern part of the state.

 - The first regional (6 community) Housing for Health trial project, was commenced in the Murdi Paaki region of western NSW.

1999 - Agreement by the Australian Government to implement the first national Housing for Health program planned by Healthabitat to improve 1,000 houses. The program was re-badged Fixing Houses for Better Health (FHBH) to reflect the Federal Government funding.

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1991 - The Housing for Health project Pipalyatjara, north-west South Australia commences to evaluate the impacts of the UPK report. It was during this project that the preliminary Housing for Health methodology was developed

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1985 - Healthabitat directors meet for the first time working on the UPK environmental health review on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands in the north west of South Australia.

1987 - The release of the UPK report defines the nine Healthy Living Practices 

1988-90 UPK becomes a nationally accepted idea