RED HOUSE is built upon a foundation of Public health. The' World Health Organization defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Public Health refers to the art and science of protecting and promoting human health by preventing, analyzing, and addressing injury and disease. This is achieved through organized efforts to promote safe and healthy lifestyles and enabling informed healthy choices to be made by society, organizations, communities, families, and individuals. Public Health is concerned with threats to the health of populations, small or large.

Public health is an interdisciplinary field which incorporates epidemiology, bio-statistics, health service delivery, environmental health, community health, behavioural health, health economics, public policy, medicine and mental health. The focus of public health intervention is to improve health and quality of life through prevention and treatment of physical and mental ill-health.


“Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research – in contrast to clinical professionals like doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. Public health also works to limit health disparities” (Centers for Disease Control, 2017).

RED HOUSE was developed using the 5 core planning principles for world-class standard Public Health programs. These are: 

  • Effectiveness,

  • Efficiency,

  • Equity,

  • Accessibility,

  • Quality

As the H.O.U.S.E acronym highlights, RED HOUSE service provision is built upon the 5 principles of:

  • Hope,

  • Optimism,

  • Understanding,

  • Support,

  • Empowerment

Additionally, we have drawn heavily from Hippocrates, Father of Modern- embracing 3 of his basic principles; to:

  • "First Do No Harm"

  • "Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine be Thy Food”; and that:

  • “All Disease Begins in the Gut”



Our mission, philosophy and key principles are underpinned by a number of core values, including:

  • Ethics - Ethical practices, including Hippocrates’ creed to “do no harm”

  • People First - Placing people over profits and investing 100% of all profits into improving services

  • Combining Evidence-Based Practice with Innovation and Advancement - in service provision and care, for the attainment of improved outcomes;

  • Individualisation - Valuing you as an individual person, not a pathology/diagnosis to be treated through a “one-size-fit-all” program

  • Wholistic, Integrative Care - Providing a service which treats the whole person, encompassing Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul;

  • Natural Healing and Health (where appropriate) - Nourishment and re-feeding through whole foods and natural supplements in preference to pharmaceutical drugs (with professional medical advice/ supervision)​;

  • Equitable Services - Affordable access for all regardless of weight, age, sex, stage of illness or recovery;

  • Quality Services- Priding ourselves on high quality service provision that places people over profits;

  • Efficacy - Providing a service that will result in an improvement in long-term recovery rates, and reduce the need for lengthy and costly hospitalisations;

  • Community-based support - Providing peer support, friendship, a sense of belonging, and a safe place to go within the community;

  • Collaboration and Continuity-of-Care - Collaborating with other services to ensure consistency and continuity-of-care;

©  Website created by Mary Jane Lawson. Updated 2019.