The health effects of chemical waste in an urban community

Dunne M.P., Burnett P., Lawton J. and Raphael B. (1990) The health effects of chemical waste in an urban community. Medical Journal of Australia, 152 11: 592-597.

Author Dunne M.P.
Burnett P.
Lawton J.
Raphael B.
Title The health effects of chemical waste in an urban community
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 1990-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 152
Issue 11
Start page 592
End page 597
Total pages 6
Language eng
Subject 2700 Medicine
Abstract This paper presents the results of a community health survey of people living near a hazardous chemical waste site in Kingston, Queensland. In comparison with a matched control group, people near the site were no more likely to report serious diseases, and reports of cancer and mortality rates did not differ in the two groups. Kingston residents reported higher rates of symptoms of general poor health, high levels of stress and anxiety and a higher incidence of miscarriages. The reports of poor physical health appear to be independent of proximity to the hazardous waste site and duration of residence in the area. Symptom prevalence and perceived recent decline in health correlate most strongly with the stress and anxiety measures. While long-term investigation is necesssary, it appears at this stage that the chemical waste is not associated with an increase in major diseases as reported by those who were interviewed. When health in a broader sense is considered, however, it is clear that the situation has had a negative impact.
Q-Index Code C1
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