The Fixing Houses for Better Health (FHBH) Program

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The Fixing Houses for Better Health (FHBH) Program1THE FIXING HOUSES FOR BETTER HEALTH (FHBH) PROGRAMBy (Student’s Name)Professor’s NameCollegeCourseDate
The Fixing Houses for Better Health (FHBH) Program2INTRODUCTIONThe Fixing Houses for Better Health (FHBH) program is one of the Australiangovernment initiatives to improve Indigenous housing. It was established in the year 1999. Theprogram was originally under the administration of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait IslanderCommission (ATSIC) until 2001 after which its administration was transferred to theDepartment of Family and Community Services (FACS). The program is presently under theadministration of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and IndigenousAffairs (FaHCSIA) where FHBH forms an integral share of the Program 7.2: IndigenousHousing and Infrastructure (Australian Government 2009). The development of nationalframework in 1999 stressed the significance of Healthy Living Practices. This paper thus seeksto interrogate and critically analyze the FHBH program by describing what the program intendsto do and critiquing the rationales FHBH offers for such a need and approach chosen.CRITICAL DESCRIPTION OF FHBH INTENSIONSFHBH program is aimed at contributing to enhanced health in the Indigenouscommunities. FHBH is a small-size program which targets at individual households level inchosen Indigenous communities/cohorts of communities. The FHBH program undertakes theassessment and repair to houses to promote a healthier living environment based on astandardized methodology which prioritizes making a house safe to reside in, and moves a notchhigher to improve water supplies, sanitation as well as areas for food preparation. The program isanticipated to lead to enhanced health results for specific communities by making suchimprovements to houses.CRITIQUING RATIONALES FHBH OFFERS FOR:(i) A Need:
The Fixing Houses for Better Health (FHBH) Program3Indigenous housing programs delivery is increasingly thought-provoking. The needs forhousing increasingly tend to differ from a communities to another and further amongst houseswithin communities. Responses have to be usually customized to particular communities forefficiency and effectiveness. Housing construction alongside maintenance services in remoteregions face extra barriers established by distance as well as restraints in domestic resourcesalongside capacity and capability. The program pursued to speak to such encounters via thedeliberate involvement of communities’ members in both repair alongside maintenance projects,and by directing energies towards a level of household. Simultaneously, program remainedeffectively intended to permit a consistency level to be accomplished crossways communities viautilization of a standardized assessment alongside an operative work prioritization model.(ii) Approach ChosenThe program’s delivery is done via a contract between FaHCSIA and the ServiceProvider (a national service provider). Till year 2009, the contractual prearrangement wassupported by the funding contract between FaHCSIA and suitable state alongside NorthernTerritory agencies of government for the delivery of its projects in various communities. Incertain instances, FaHCSIA further engaged in funding deals with Indigenous CommunityHousing Organization to deliver required services through various projects. Beginning year2009, the program’s projects were being delivered under the management of one contract withService Provider (national provider), with territory besides state administration being buttressedto incorporate and integrate the program approach’s principles into corresponding individualjurisdictions. Following table presents the effective seven stages for the program project deliveryin a community:
The Fixing Houses for Better Health (FHBH) Program4National Planning stage effectively encompass the consultation between the ServiceProvider and FaHCSIA to efficiently establish resourcing as well as focus areas for the givenyear as well as to deliberate on emerging issues. This is an important phase since it guaranteesreliable project procedures are created crossways the jurisdictions. The selection of thecommunities is done by FaHCSIA based on effective consultation with relevant jurisdictionalgovernment agencies.After, effective selection of the communities to receive the FHBH project, effectiveplanning process follows. This efficiently survey to make essential repairs to each house,whereby possible, under given communities. The program also effectively uses competentproject teams that encompass community members alongside tradespeople already excellentlytrained in such processes to undertake efficient initial survey of every house and then proceed tomake minor repairs as they go from a house to another (the survey/fix 1 or SF1 process/stage).Major repairs acknowledged in the survey are finished in the following 6 months.After the completion of the work, a 2nd‘survey or fix’ (SF2) is effectively undertaken toefficiently finish any unresolved trivial issues of maintenance. This 2ndsurvey is further effective
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