Indigenous health and environmental risk factors: an Australian problem with global analogues?

Knibbs, Luke D. and Sly, Peter D. (2014) Indigenous health and environmental risk factors: an Australian problem with global analogues?. Global Health Action, 7 1: . doi:10.3402/gha.v7.23766


Author Knibbs, Luke D.
Sly, Peter D.
Title Indigenous health and environmental risk factors: an Australian problem with global analogues?
Journal name Global Health Action   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1654-9880
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3402/gha.v7.23766
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Issue 1
Total pages 4
Place of publication Jaerfaella, Sweden
Publisher Co-Action Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Indigenous people experience poorer health than non-Indigenous people, and this well-described inequality has been observed in many countries. The contribution of different risk factors to the health ‘gap’ has understandably focussed on those factors for which there are sufficient data. However, this has precluded environmental risk factors – those present in air, water, food, and soil – due to a lack of data describing exposures and outcomes. These risk factors are demonstrably important at the global scale, as highlighted by the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study. Here, we describe how a greater focus on environmental risk factors is required in order to define their role in the Indigenous health gap. We use the Australian context as a case study of an issue we feel has global analogues and relevance. Suggestions for how and why this situation should be remedied are presented and discussed.
Keyword Environmental health
Indigenous peoples
Australia
Environment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number 23766.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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