Health impacts extend from the life of a mine to the life of a community – knowledge gaps

Kirsch, P., Viswanathan, D., LaBouchardiere, R., Shandro, J. and Jagals, P. (2012). Health impacts extend from the life of a mine to the life of a community – knowledge gaps. In: Life-of-Mine Conference 2012: Conference Proceedings. Life of Mine Conference (AusIMM), Brisbane, Australia, (161-167). 10-12 July 2012.

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Author Kirsch, P.
Viswanathan, D.
LaBouchardiere, R.
Shandro, J.
Jagals, P.
Title of paper Health impacts extend from the life of a mine to the life of a community – knowledge gaps
Conference name Life of Mine Conference (AusIMM)
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 10-12 July 2012
Proceedings title Life-of-Mine Conference 2012: Conference Proceedings
Place of Publication Carlton North, VIC, Australia
Publisher The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM)
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921522666
Start page 161
End page 167
Total pages 7
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The planning, design and operation of mines must include the development of positive environmental, community and land-use benefits if it is to achieve good corporate social responsibility and minimise detrimental impacts throughout the life of the mine. Life-of-mine (LOM) planning should, therefore, consider conducting mining activities in the best socially, environmentally and economically acceptable manner, from the commencement of exploration to post-closure of the mine. Current knowledge of LOM activities in relation to public health (life-of-community, or LOC) impacts neither fully captures the full suite of human health and well-being impacts, nor comprehensively informs society on these issues. This knowledge gap is becoming more apparent as public antipathy is increasing towards mining activities within Australia, Canada and globally. The purpose of this paper is to present preliminary and informative results of a literature review to gain insight into the extent of available public health and well-being knowledge associated with mining development. LOM development must also benefit the LOC, in that it must aim to minimise detrimental impacts, and maximise beneficial (including health) impacts on all associated communities. Health planning and programing for mitigation of potential adverse health impacts of mining should extend beyond the scope of work-related injury and illness (resulting from chronic exposure to harmful substances, infectious and lifestyle illnesses), to the health and well-being of workers’ families and extended associated communities. By mapping the available but rather scarce literature on LOC areas to recognised LOM stages, this review found shortcomings and imbalances regarding research reporting on mining and its health-related impacts in the worker-to-community continuum.
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Additional Notes Conference theme 'Maximising Rehabilitation Outcomes'

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