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A Continuous Quality Improvement Approach to Indigenous Housing and Health

Environmental Health
Volume 6 Issue 2 (2006)

Abstract: There is a growing body of evidence on the effectiveness of modern continuous quality improvement (CQI) approaches in a variety of industries. The development of CQI theory has been paralleled by an increasing recognition of the value of ecological approaches to health promotion and community interventions. In this paper we propose a long term ecological and quality improvement approach to maximise the impact of housing programs on Indigenous health, and discuss how some current key initiatives could be developed to support such an approach. State and Commonwealth data systems on Indigenous housing are patchy and inconsistent. From an ecological perspective, there are three important gaps in information, which include a lack of indicators relating to a) hygiene promotion; b) workforce development; and c) information systems development. Factors that will be important in improving health through an ecological approach to housingrelated interventions can be described in three categories: infrastructure factors; behavioural factors; and factors in the policy environment. Efforts to improve health through housing interventions should adequately target all three areas of influence concurrently. A CQI approach could provide a way for community and other organisations to be effectively engaged in housing initiatives.

To cite this article: Bailie, Ross and Wayte, Kayli J. A Continuous Quality Improvement Approach to Indigenous Housing and Health [online]. Environmental Health, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2006: 36-41. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=206676324409120;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1444-5212. [cited 28 Aug 16].

Personal Author: Bailie, Ross; Wayte, Kayli J; Source: Environmental Health, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2006: 36-41 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1444-5212 EISSN: 1832-3367 Subject: Health promotion; Community development; Aboriginal Australians--Health and hygiene; Aboriginal Australians--Housing; Housing policy; Identifier: Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Affiliation: (1) Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, GPO Box 41096, Casuarina NT 0811, Australia, email: ross.bailie@menzies.edu.au
(2) Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University

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