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A cross-sectional survey of environmental health in remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia
Melody, SM and Bennett, E and Clifford, HD and Johnston, FH and Shepherd, CCJ and Alach, Z and Lester, M and Wood, LJ and Franklin, P and Zosky, GR, A cross-sectional survey of environmental health in remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 26, (5-6) pp. 525-535. ISSN 1369-1619 (2016) [Refereed Article]
Copyright 2016 Informa UK Limited
Objective: To describe and quantify major environmental risk factors and associated health outcomes in remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.
Methods: The association between environmental health indicators, community infrastructure and reported health outcomes was analysed using linear and logistic regression of survey data.
Results: Housing/overcrowding was significantly associated with increased reports of hearing/eyesight (OR 3.01 95 % CI 1.58–5.73), skin (OR 2.71 95 % CI 1.31–5.60), gastrointestinal (OR 3.51 95 % CI 1.49–8.26) and flu/colds (OR 2.47 95 % CI 1.27–4.78) as health concerns. Dust was significantly associated with hearing/eyesight (OR 3.16 95 % CI 1.82–5.48), asthma/respiratory (OR 2.48 95 % CI 1.43–4.29) and flu/colds (OR 3.31 95 % CI 1.88–5.86) as health concerns.
Conclusion: Poor environmental health is prevalent in remote Aboriginal communities and requires further delineation to inform environmental health policy.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||environmental health, Aboriginal health, remote|
|Research Division:||Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services|
|Research Group:||Human resources and industrial relations|
|Research Field:||Occupational and workplace health and safety|
|Objective Group:||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health|
|Objective Field:||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander determinants of health|
|UTAS Author:||Melody, SM (Dr Shannon Melody)|
|UTAS Author:||Bennett, E (Dr Ellen Bennett)|
|UTAS Author:||Johnston, FH (Professor Fay Johnston)|
|UTAS Author:||Zosky, GR (Professor Graeme Zosky)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||23|
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