Public /Environmental Health Officer
Where are you based?Alice Springs
What do you bring to the HH work?
I have spent many years working in communities on housing and infrastructure issues, can speak Pitjantjatjara and I was party to the development of the UPK Report.
Years involved with Housing for Health work (including R&D work)?20+ years
What have you learned from being involved in the work?
- I have learnt that the participation of community members in the projects is critical for the success of the project.
- I have learnt that it is possible to maintain a house so that it functions. I have learnt that the householders are not necessarily the main threat to the house. I have learnt never to underestimate what can be achieved by a small group of skilled people with a clear focus and methodology.
- I have also learnt that governments can lack capacity and sometimes there is a tail wagging but no dog !!
- If you bang your head against the brick wall long enough sometimes the brick wall gives way.
In an ideal world what directions, ideas, results would you like to see HH and the Housing for Health work become or achieve?
It would be great to become irrelevant because function rates are able to be maintained at a high level and people can carry out the 9HLPs on a daily basis.. However I would like to see Housing for Health local teams employed in the provision of maintenance. Trialled R&D products incorporated in new houses and at another level I would like to see an increase in the capacity of the general population to appreciate and get involved in improving indigenous housing.