Getting in the door: the public interest in the design of private housing

It’s in everyone’s interest to have our homes accessible for everyone no matter their age or circumstances. But the private housing market isn’t coming to the party. Margaret Ward challenges popular assumptions about how accessible housing will be achieved using the evidence from her PhD study on the private housing market. In the inaugural Robert Jones Memorial Oration in Brisbane in 2014, Margaret recounts the life of Robert Jones and his dream to make public spaces and places accessible to everyone. She also uses the experiences of her father and daughter to illustrate the importance of living at home until your last days. 

“It takes many things for people to remain at home. Australians have agreed that it is in the public interest that people receive reasonable and necessary supports and affordable medical services to keep participating and contributing in community. There is no equivalent public interest in the design of their housing.

Download the Word version: Margaret Ward Robert Jones Memorial Lecture 2014