Graduate Architect, Communications Manager
Where are you based?Sydney
HfH/FHBH projects participated in:
Village Sanitation Program Nepal - design and documentation
Healthabitat.com - Design and Production coordination
Housing for Health - the Guide - Design and Production coordination
VIDEO: Heleana Genaus - Design and Production co-ordinator of the Guide | Speaking on the Guide, making it accessible to all, why it is relevant and the future
MArch UNSW, 2008
Bachelor Architectural Studies UNSW, 2007
What do you bring to the HH work?
I started working with HH as a student and have clung on since. I came to HH wanting to be a part of an organisation that is results-focused and operates, at all levels, with an unflinching respect for people.
Because I'm still young and angry, HH have allowed me to funnel my energies into a communications role where I dedicate my time to spreading the word about big issues such as Overcrowding and the Government's lack of transparency (and hence accountability) with spending AND continuing the Healthabitat story online.
I believe the biggest injustice of all is over 20yrs of hard work and hard facts by HH projects have largely been ignored when they've been needed most.
Years involved with Housing for Health work (including R&D work)?6 yrs
What have you learned from being involved in the work?
Small incremental steps to change are the most sustainable
The importance of mind-set change towards Indigenous Australians in Australian Politics to make a real difference
Local Knowledge and expertise is essential
Never be complacent, always reflect, revise and improve for anything worthwhile to last.
In an ideal world what directions, ideas, results would you like to see HH and the Housing for Health work become or achieve?
I would like to see Australia whole-heartedly accept Indigenous Australians as equal citizens with as much, if not more to contribute to this country, as proven through hundreds of Housing for Health projects. To expect that there should never be prejudice attached to access to healthy environments and homes. Ever!
I would like to see the Nine Healthy Living Practices adopted as common knowledge in households and design practices across the country and Housing for Health the guide bookmarked on all architects browsers.