Do housing conditions impact on health inequalities between Australia's rich and poor?

Summary

Public and private renters are more likely than home owners to report fair or poor health. The direction of causality is not understood and it is unclear whether renting makes people unwell or if sick people are more likely to be renting. There is a need to learn more about the causes and effects on health for people living in rented accommodation. This could help policy makers decide if the style, security or type of accommodation should be changed and whether more preventative medicine and lifestyle education should be directed at renters.

Project number: 30002
Research theme(s): Social wellbeing
Project leader: Waters, Anne-Marie
Funding year: 2000
Research Centre: RMIT-NATSEM

Research and Policy Bulletin

Research & Policy Bulletin

Issue 006: Do housing conditions make a difference to our health? A study of home ownership and renting in Australia

What are the health consequences of owning versus renting your home in Australia? This study examines the evidence of both home ownership/renting and overcrowding that can be drawn from the most recent National Health Survey.

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There is some overseas evidence that housing conditions affect health status. NATSEM has recently completed an extensive study of the links between health and income, using the National Health Surveys. This project aimed to extend that work by examining links between housing and health, holding income and other explanatory characteristics constant. (Previously Project 10002)

Download now Research and Policy Bulletin: Issue 006: Do housing conditions make a difference to our health? A study of home ownership and renting in Australia
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Download now Positioning Paper: No. 002: Do housing conditions impact on health inequalities between Australia's rich and poor?
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Download now Final Report: No. 004: Do housing conditions impact on health inequalities between Australia's rich and poor?
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