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To collate, review, develop and disseminate evidence-based Housing (Retrofit and Adaptive Reuse) knowledge in order to enhance the independence and wellbeing of older people and younger people with disability, provide safe working environments for their carers and careworkers, and to promote evidence-based best practice among building design design students and professionals.
The HMinfo website provides free universally accessible evidence-based design resources. The list of online resources curated and maintained by our research team includes the following:
Evidence Based Practice Reviews:
These academically rigorous research-based e-books use the PRISMA or Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses modified for use in the Built Environment. It is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The PRISMA Statement consists of a 27-item checklist and a four-phase flow diagram. It is an evolving document that is subject to change periodically as new evidence emerges. The Built Environment PRISMA is designed to better inform retrofit policy and practice. Prior to publication, these documents are reviewed by Specialist Review Panels, comprising academic peer reviewers; expert practitioners in the fields of design, architecture, building, and occupational therapy; and consumer representatives for older people, people with disability, and carers.
Industry Factsheets and Checklists:
Industry Factsheets and Checklists provide information for industry members on how to apply the best practice information gleaned from the research that has been conducted. The industry information includes a checklist for applying the principles developed from the research.
Consumer Factsheets provide information for consumers on how to apply the best practice information gleaned from the research that has been conducted.
Occasional Research Papers and Summary Bulletins:
Occasional papers are funded publications that use methodologies other than Systematic Review. These are often multi-method and draw on survey, interview, ethnographic, experimental, economic and secondary data analysis to inform research questions as appropriate. While, our summary bulletins summarise industry relevant hot topics identified by the HMinfo Advisory Committee, or the Forum section of the HMinfo website. Examples include articles on items such as thermostatic mixing valves or electrical safety within the bathroom and topics specific to an industry related concern or a known practice failure.
The Block Library is a collection of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) assets developed specifically for the purpose of providing freely available Universal Design tools for both commercial and non-commercial stakeholders to create spaces which take into account the size and movement restrictions of accessible mobility products.
Case Study Library:
This showcases actual home modification cases submitted by website users so they can be reused for problem sensing and problem solving. The aim of the database is to assist better and more effective practice outcomes.
This curated collection of over 3,000 online and hardcopy materials supports scholarly research and includes primary as well as secondary sources.
These provide an opportunity for subscribers to exchange ideas and information relating to home modification for older people and people with a disability. Subscribers include Home Modification and Maintenance Service Providers, Occupational Therapists, Designers, Builders, Tradespersons, Consumers and Researchers – anyone with a particular interest in Design for older people and people with disability.
Upcoming training and/or events:
We maintain an events and training calendar with all courses and conferences that are of relevance to this professional sector.
Annotated web links:
These are an edited collection of international and national websites containing information relevant to design inclusion and “alternative solution” design decision making. Examples include the Access Consultants Association of Australia website and the US Adaptive Access website.
This evidence-based design website was produced with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS) and by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Ageing, Disability and Home Care) (ADHC) under the Community Care Supports program (CCSP).