Environmental health conditions are a key contributor to infections, injuries and chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Improving living environments can greatly improve health and wellbeing.
Healthy environments include:
- safe and adequate housing with timely repairs and maintenance
- collection and disposal of rubbish and sewage
- hot and cold water for personal hygiene, laundry and food preparation
- access to affordable food and safe food storage
- control of animals, vermin, insects, dust and pollution
The Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit works closely with Public Health Units and other agencies to manage a range of projects.