A cross-sectional survey of environmental health in remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia

A cross-sectional survey of environmental health in remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia Journal Article

International Journal of Environmental Health Research

  • Author(s): Melody, S. M., Bennett, E., Clifford, H. D., Johnston, F. H., Shepherd, C. C. J., Alach, Z., Lester, M., Wood, L. J., Franklin, P., Zosky, G. R.
  • Published: 2016
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Volume: 26
  • ISBN: 0960-3123

Abstract: 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 1.58?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.

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Melody, S. M., Bennett, E., Clifford, H. D., Johnston, F. H., Shepherd, C. C. J., Alach, Z., Lester, M., Wood, L. J., Franklin, P., Zosky, G. R., 2016, A cross-sectional survey of environmental health in remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, Volume:26, Journal Article, viewed 09 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=13325.

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