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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]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09603123.2016.1194384


Introduction: The Australian Aboriginal population experiences significantly poorer health than the non-Aboriginal population. The contribution of environmental risk factors in remote communities to this health disparity is poorly understood.

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 1.585.73), skin (OR 2.71 95 % CI 1.315.60), gastrointestinal (OR 3.51 95 % CI 1.498.26) and flu/colds (OR 2.47 95 % CI 1.274.78) as health concerns. Dust was significantly associated with hearing/eyesight (OR 3.16 95 % CI 1.825.48), asthma/respiratory (OR 2.48 95 % CI 1.434.29) and flu/colds (OR 3.31 95 % CI 1.885.86) as health concerns.

Conclusion: Poor environmental health is prevalent in remote Aboriginal communities and requires further delineation to inform environmental health policy.

Item Details

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 Division:Indigenous
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)
ID Code:109315
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-06-08
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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