Working with an Aboriginal community to understand drinking water perceptions and acceptance in rural New South Wales

Jaravani, Fidelis G., Massey, Peter D., Judd, Jenni, Taylor, Kylie A., Allan, Jason, Allan, Natalie, Durrheim, David N., and Oelgemoeller, Michael (2017) Working with an Aboriginal community to understand drinking water perceptions and acceptance in rural New South Wales. International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8 (3). 4. pp. 1-29.

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This study explored the Walhallow Aboriginal community's experiences with drinking water to gain a shared understanding about community concerns and to develop ways to address these concerns together. There is a strong connection between people and water, as well as a need to appreciate the social factors associated with the unique cultural and socioeconomic factors that the provision of drinking water has for Aboriginal communities. We used a mixed method design within a community-based participatory action Research (PAR) framework. Water hardness and parental influence were the key factors associated with participants' decisions to drink rainwater. This study provides important insights for water supply authorities when assessing health risks and when choosing appropriate mitigation measures for water quality improvement programs in Aboriginal communities.

Item ID: 50882
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1916-5781
Keywords: Aboriginal, community perceptions, drinking water, community experiences, mixed method research design
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Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2017 01:55
FoR Codes: 37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3701 Atmospheric sciences > 370104 Atmospheric composition, chemistry and processes @ 20%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4504 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing > 450404 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural determinants of health @ 80%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified @ 20%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960912 Urban and Industrial Water Management @ 60%
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