Mind, body, spirit: co-benefits for mental health from climate change adaptation and caring for country in remote Aboriginal Australian communities

Berry, Helen, Butler, James R.A., Burgess, C. Paul, King, Ursula G., Tsey, Komla, Cadet-James, Yvonne L., Rigby, C. Wayne, and Raphael, Beverley (2010) Mind, body, spirit: co-benefits for mental health from climate change adaptation and caring for country in remote Aboriginal Australian communities. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 21 (5-6). pp. 139-145.

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Abstract

The evident and unresolved health disparity between Aboriginal and other Australians is testament to a history of systematic disenfranchisement. Stigma, lack of appropriate services and the expense of delivering services in remote settings make it impossible to adequately address mental health needs, including suicide, solely using a mainstream medical approach. Nor do mainstream approaches accommodate the relationship between Aboriginal health and connectedness to land, whether traditional or new land, remote or metropolitan. This review describes how caring-for-country projects on traditional lands in remote locations may provide a novel way to achieve the linked goals of climate change adaptation with co-benefits for social and emotional wellbeing.

Item ID: 11872
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: mental health; Aboriginal; climate change; remote; caring for country
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ISSN: 1834-8610
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2010 01:50
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 100%
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