Cold in Australian Homes

We are collecting indoor temperature data to understand potential impacts on health and wellbeing from cold housing across Australia. By joining our study, you will fill in a basic information survey about your home and we will send you a temperature sensor to place in your home from May to October (2022). We will supply pre-paid envelopes for posting the sensor and a $25 gift voucher at the end of the study to thank you for your contribution. There are a limited number of sensors available. 

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Cold homes and your health

What is a cold home? 

A cold home is one where the temperature is too low to support the health and wellbeing of those who live there. Read the factsheets below for more information.

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The research team

Dr Cynthia Barlow

Cynthia is a research fellow on the Cold Homes project. Her work will characterise the extent of cold housing across the Australian population. This will add a new dimension to Cynthia’s DustSafe research, which helped people to understand contaminants in their home environment. Please contact Cynthia on if you have any questions about this project.

Associate Professor Lyrian Daniel (University of South Australia)

Lyrian Daniel is a Research Fellow in the Healthy Cities Research Group at The University of Adelaide and a research-intensive Associate Professor in Architecture at UniSA. She is interested in hazardous housing and its implications for population health and wellbeing. Her recent work has focussed on Australia’s hidden cold housing problem, energy hardship among tenant households, and thermal standards for homes. 

Professor Emma Baker

Emma Baker is Professor of Housing Research at the University of Adelaide where she leads the Healthy Cities Research Group. She is currently leading the construction of a national Housing Conditions Dataset and has a track record of successful collaboration with industry, government and non-government organisations. Professor Baker leads the Capturing Complexity research stream.  

Professor Rebecca Bentley (University of Melbourne)

Rebecca Bentley is a Professorial Research Fellow in Social Epidemiology and the leader of the Healthy Housing Research Group in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Over the past ten years, Rebecca has developed a research program exploring the role of housing and residential location in shaping health and wellbeing in Australia.

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This project is supported by a NHMRC Ideas Grant, and undertaken in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Healthy Housing.