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Housing:  Primary Health Care Issue 

Annette Mortensen, BA, DipEd, RCompN, Public Health Nurse, Auckland 

Reference:  Mortensen, A. (1988). Housing:  Primary Health Care Issue  Nursing Praxis in New Zealand 3(3) 25    

Introduction 

Public Health Nurses in inner city Auckland are seeing increasing hardship due to deteriorating rental accommodation, high rents, overcrowding and lengthy stays in unhealthy conditions.  They see housing as a primary health care issue.  In discussion with the Auckland housing network of which the author is a member, they decided to undertake a pilot survey on the possible links between substandard housing and poor health.  The housing network is a national coalition of groups concerned with housing issues.  

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