Birch, Mark, Brown, Nigel, Buckman, David, Byron, Annette, Kleinitz, Anne, Sutton, Brett, and Canyon, Deon (2009) Introduction. In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) Developing and maintaining sustainable communities while adequately addressing social and environmental justice issues. Westwind Publications, Perth, WA, Australia, pp. 1-4.

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[Extract] The circumstances and history of European colonization of Australia created many impediments and challenges to environmental and public health. Australia was a harsh, dry continent, dangerous to explore and difficult to settle. A tyranny of distance and climate pervaded1. In the vast interior of the continent, most of the water was underground.

The Indigenous population was a hunter-gatherer society with advanced bushcraft, fire being the main tool used to sculpt the environment. The distribution of the native people matched the distribution of naturally available food and water. This society had proven sustainable in one strong sense in that it had continued over an estimated 41,000 years and perhaps longer. But with colonization it was faced with a different type of challenge.

Item ID: 12077
Item Type: Book Chapter (Other)
ISBN: 978-0-9806910-0-9
Keywords: sustainable, development, environmental, health, indigenous
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2010 23:08
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 60%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 60%
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