UTS researchers to evaluate healthy homes program
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will work with the Victorian government to deliver and evaluate a new program providing energy efficiency upgrades to 1000 low-income households.
Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the Healthy Homes program would assist individuals in Western Melbourne and the Goulburn Valley who are receiving home and community care services.
“We know the enormous benefits of energy efficient homes – that’s why we’re delivering this Australian-first program,” D’Ambrosio said.
“These programs are making things fair — helping low income households transition to a low carbon economy, combat climate change and save money on power bills,” she said.
Researchers from the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation and Institute for Sustainable Futures will measure the health, energy and climate change benefits of the program.
“Our analysis will examine the effects of the program on the well-being and health of Victorian families, and deliver new knowledge to the Victorian Government on its benefits and costs,” said Professor Rosalie Viney, Director of the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation at the UTS Business School.
Program recruitment is due to start in early 2018 in Melbourne and 2019 in the Goulburn Valley. The program will also partner with Moreland Energy Foundation Limited to manage frontline services for the home visits and energy efficiency upgrades.
“We’re pleased to be able to work with the most vulnerable households in our community to deliver what we hope will lead to significantly improved health outcomes and reduced energy poverty,” says Moreland Energy Foundation Limited CEO Alison Rowe.
Read more about the Victorian Healthy Homes Program.