The challenge of healthy housing for all

The challenge of healthy housing for all

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This event is presented as part of The Festival of Urbanism 6: Cities, housing, and health. The festival – co-sponsored by Monash Urban Planning and Design, along with the Henry Halloran Trust, the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, and the Charles Perkins Centre – aims to raise the debate about urban health, and other key topics, in its Melbourne and Sydney programs, 2-12 September 2019.

A central tenet of early 20th century planning was that housing conditions have a profound and unequal impact on health.

Yet inequalities in access to quality housing continue to shape health outcomes for diverse populations. This includes the chronic health burdens of fringe suburb commuters, poor maintenance in insecure rental housing, the physical and mental health impacts of homelessness, and critical questions around design standards in new housing construction.

In this panel, leading experts at the intersection of housing, policy, and health discuss and debate the roles of planning and design in creating healthy housing for all.


  • David Jacobs, National Center for Healthy Housing
  • Jeanette Large, CEO, Women’s Property Initiatives
  • Teresa Maguire, Stockland Development
  • Shane Murray, Monash University



David E Jacobs, PhD, CIH is currently Chief Scientist at the National Center for Healthy Housing, where he directs the US Collaborating Center for Healthy Housing Research and Training for the World Health Organization. He was a contributing author to the recently released Guidelines on Housing and Health from the World Health Organization. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division). He helped launch the Health Homes Initiative in the US in 1999 with a report to Congress. Dr. Jacobs has led research related to childhood lead poisoning prevention, lead exposure assessment and mitigation, healthy housing, asthma, green building design and policy development. He also ran the Healthy Housing program in the Housing and Urban  Development Department for about ten years. He  has over 95 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, most of which are available at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Jeanette Large is the CEO of Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI). WPI creates new beginnings for women facing homelessness by providing affordable, permanent homes. WPI houses over 200 women and children around Melbourne. With a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, a Graduate Diploma in Business Management, a 2015 Telstra Women’s Business Awards finalist and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors,  Jeanette has extensive experience across the housing sector: from running refuges and local housing groups to management roles in government departments. Jeanette has worked in youth housing and led a support service for homeless women.  Advocating for and working towards the provision of good quality, safe secure and affordable housing as a human right has been a passion for many years. By working innovatively with public, corporate, philanthropic and non-government partners, Jeanette has increased the organisation’s size and influence. Jeanette became a licensed real estate agent, to help establish a social enterprise, Property Initiatives Real Estate, as a revenue stream for WPI.

Teresa Maguire Teresa began working at Stockland in 2011, and is currently the State Economic Development Manager. Teresa as worked on a number of Victorian residential community projects with Stockland, most recently as Senior Development Manager on the Cloverton project. Teresa started her career as a Town Planner after completing her studies in Planning at RMIT. She worked in Local Government as a Town Planner, then spent six years in the State Government’s Project Management arm, Major Projects Victoria, as a Senior Project Manager. During this time, she led a number of projects of state significance, including the Kew Cottages redevelopment and the Federation Square East project. With over 15 years’ experience working in the property industry, she has a particular interest in property development, planning, governments, stakeholder relations, leadership and mentoring.  She is a member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA) and a member of the Planning and Infill Committee of the Property Council of Australia.

Shane Murray is Dean of the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture at Monash University. He is an award-winning architect and academic in the field of architectural design. Shane joined Monash in 2008 as Foundation Professor of Architecture to establish the university’s architecture program. He was previously Professor of Architectural Design and Director of the Architecture Program at RMIT University. He is a recipient of research funding from both industry and government including the Australian Research Council and continues to conduct research into contemporary housing and urban design issues. Shane's buildings and theoretical projects have been extensively published and he has participated in numerous architectural exhibitions and forums and has been invited to lecture about his work nationally and internationally. He was Co-Artistic Director of the Australian Pavilion exhibition, Micro Macro City, for the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. Shane is the 2012 recipient of the Australian Institute of Architects Neville Quarry Medal for services to architectural education.

Carl Grodach is Foundation Professor and Director of Urban Planning & Design and Director of the Monash Urban Lab at Monash University. He is author of the book Urban Revitalization: Remaking Cities in a Changing World (Routledge, 2015) and editor of The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2013). Currently, he leads the Australian Research Council project Urban cultural policy and the changing dynamics of cultural production, which aims to identify new directions for urban cultural policy through international comparative research around the emerging nexus between the cultural industries and manufacturing.