In a developed country like Australia where the non-Aboriginal population has a high standard of living, the connection between health, housing and infrastructure is less visible. This is not so for many Aboriginal communities in Australia.
Research has highlighted environmental health conditions, particularly the failure of existing housing and health infrastructure on many Aboriginal communities, as being an important contributor to the higher rates of infection, injuries and chronic disease in Aboriginal people. [National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS) (1989). Prepared by the National Aboriginal Health Strategy Working Party. Canberra, AGPS; March 1989]
The Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit works closely with Public Health Units and other agencies across the State to manage a range of projects and interagency programs to address environmental health issues in Aboriginal communities, including: