Tackling hidden energy vulnerability through housing, energy and health collaborations

‘Energy Support as Health Care’ – building capacities for mitigating energy poverty through cross-sector initiatives

Project date

2020 - 2021

What is the project?

The project aims to inform capacity building strategies for health organisations to mitigate energy poverty through integrated and collaborative service delivery and cross-sector policy development. Energy poverty is increasingly recognised as a health risk in Australia. Linking health care with energy support, which is traditionally not considered to be health-related, is an innovative approach. Although joined solutions to energy and health may improve wellbeing and promote energy justice, such interdisciplinary initiatives are rare.

This project will review existing initiatives and evaluate householder experiences to increase understanding of how to reach ‘hard to identify’ people, connect them to energy support and promote health through cross-sector efforts. The project will inform the cross-sector development of policies that aim for integrated and sustainable responses to energy poverty.

Project team

Dr Nicola Willand

Professor Ralph Horne

Dr Nooshin Torabi


Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer