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WHO International Housing and Health Guidelines: Southern Hemisphere Launch

Ngā Aratohu Hanganga Whare me te Hauora ā-Ao o WHO - Te whakarewa ki te Tuakoi Tonga

Monday 25 February 2019

The University of Otago, Wellington, is privileged to host the Southern Hemisphere Launch of the World Health Organisation’s new Housing and Health Guidelines.

These guidelines have implications for the work of housing and environmental policy-makers, housing providers, the building and construction industry, and anyone else affected by or interested in the housing and related environments, and health.

As well as participating in an historical occasion, you will hear from WHO and other international speakers, complemented by local housing and health academics, who will describe the new guidelines, their rationale, and recommendations for implementation.

Topics covered

WHO Housing and Health Guidelines will include recommendations on:

  1. Insulation
  2. Heating
  3. Crowding
  4. Disability
  5. Home injury hazards

Style of course

Symposium – Multi-speaker presentations and panel discussion in lecture theatre setting

Who should attend?

This Summer School Day is aimed at housing and environmental policy-makers (including local and central government), community, public and private housing providers, the building and construction industry, and anyone else affected by or interested in the housing and related environments, and health.

By the end of this course participants should have a broad understanding of the contents of the new guidelines, their international implications, and WHO expectations and recommendations regarding implementation.

Draft timetable

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30am Registration  
9:00am Formal launch  
10:00am Introduction to guidelines – what are they?  
10:30am Morning tea  
11:00am Presentation of guidelines content
(Insulation, heating, crowding, disability, injury hazards)
 
12:30pm Lunch break  
1:30pm Implementation challenges and examples  
3:00pm Afternoon tea  
3:30pm Implementation challenges and examples cont.  
4:15pm Panel discussion  
5:00pm Finish  

Speakers include:

  • Hon Phil Twyford – Minister of Housing (TBC)
  • Dr Nathalie Roebbel – WHO Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health
  • Professor Lidia Morawska – Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology
  • Professor Peter Phibbs – Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney
  • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman – University of Otago; Chair of the WHO HHG working group
  • Dr Lynn Riggs – Health economist, MOTU

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after 20 December 2018.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

Register now