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Table 1 Primary explanatory variables: Functional state of infrastructure required for healthy living practices (HLPs)

From: Exploring cross-sectional associations between common childhood illness, housing and social conditions in remote Australian Aboriginal communities

Specific FHLP scores Criteria for assessment of functional standard (pass/fail)
Wash children Conditions required to pass depend on age of child:
  (1) For child <1 year: (i) bathroom basin, hot tap, cold tap, bench, door, electrical and general structure all functioning, or (ii) kitchen sink, hot tap and cold tap all functioning.
  (2) For child aged 1 to <3 years: (i) laundry trough, hot tap, cold tap, shelf, electricity, floor drainage and general structure all functioning, or (ii) the bathroom shower head, hot tap, cold tap, drainage, bench, electrical and general structure all functioning.
  (3) For child aged 3 to less than 7 years: bathroom shower head, hot tap, cold tap, drainage, bench, door, electrical and general structure all functioning.
  At least one item not functioning from any condition - fail
Wash clothes & bedding Laundry trough, hot tap, cold tap, shelf, electricity, floor drainage and general structure all functioning - pass.
  At least one item not functioning - fail
Prepare & store food Sink taps, sink, cold water flow, pantry, oven, stove top, cooking/eating utensils, bench, lights and electrical fittings, and kitchen general structure all functioning - pass.
  At least one item not functioning - fail
Remove human waste (toilet and drainage) Conditions required to pass depend on age of child:
  (1) If child <1 year: toilet pan, cistern, water supply, drainage, bathroom basin and hot and cold taps all functioning.
  (2) If child aged 1 to <3 years: child toilet equipment available (e.g. potty - small plastic toilet) and toilet pan, cistern, water supply, drainage, electricity, general structure, bathroom basin and hot and cold taps all functioning.
  (3) If child aged 3 to less than 7 years: toilet door, electricity, general structure, toilet pan, cistern, water supply, drainage, bathroom basin, hot tap and cold tap all functioning.
  At least one item not functioning from any condition - fail
Remove waste water Laundry, toilet and shower drainage all functioning - pass.
  At least one item not functioning - fail
Remove rubbish Indoor and/or outdoor rubbish bins present - pass.
  Indoor and/or outdoor rubbish bins absent - fail
Boundary fence Boundary fence present and intact (to control dust) - pass.
  Boundary fence absent or broken down - fail
Electricals Supply in kitchen, laundry, toilet, main bedroom, 2nd bedroom, switch box & earth all in safe condition & functioning - pass.
  At least one item not functioning - fail
Overall FHLP score  
Number of HLPs failed 0-2 failed
  3-8 failed