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Health adaptation policy for climate vulnerable groups: A 'critical computational linguistics' analysis


Seidel, BM and Bell, EJ, Health adaptation policy for climate vulnerable groups: A 'critical computational linguistics' analysis, BMC Public Health, 14, (1) Article 1235. ISSN 1471-2458 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1235


Background: Many countries are developing or reviewing national adaptation policy for climate change but the extent to which these meet the health needs of vulnerable groups has not been assessed. This study examines the adequacy of such policies for nine known climate-vulnerable groups: people with mental health conditions, Aboriginal people, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, aged people, people with disabilities, rural communities, children, women, and socioeconomically disadvantaged people. Methods: The study analyses an exhaustive sample of national adaptation policy documents from Annex 1 (‘developed’) countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: 20 documents from 12 countries. A ‘critical computational linguistics’ method was used involving novel software-driven quantitative mapping and traditional critical discourse analysis. Results: The study finds that references to vulnerable groups are relatively little present or non-existent, as well as poorly connected to language about practical strategies and socio-economic contexts, both also little present. Conclusions: The conclusions offer strategies for developing policy that is better informed by a ‘social determinants of health’ definition of climate vulnerability, consistent with best practice in the literature and global policy prescriptions. Keywords: Health adaptation policy, Health equity, Unequal health outcomes, Climate vulnerability, Social determinants of health

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bell, EJ (Associate Professor Erica Bell)
ID Code:100285
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2015-05-08
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