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.
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.