Cost implications of hard water on health hardware in remote Indigenous communities in the Central Desert region of Australia

Browett, Heather, Pearce, Meryl, and Willis, Eileen (2012) Cost implications of hard water on health hardware in remote Indigenous communities in the Central Desert region of Australia. International Indigenous Policy Journal, 3 (3). 6.

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Abstract

The provision of services such as power, water, and housing for Indigenous people is seen as essential in the Australian Government’s "Closing the Gap" policy. While the cost of providing these services, in particular adequate water supplies, is significantly higher in remote areas, they are key contributors to improving the health of Indigenous peoples. In many remote areas, poor quality groundwater is the only supply available. Hard water results in the deterioration of health hardware, which refers to the facilities considered essential for maintaining health. This study examined the costs associated with water hardness in eight communities in the Northern Territory. Results show a correlation between water hardness and the cost of maintaining health hardware, and illustrates one aspect of additional resourcing required to maintain Indigenous health in remote locations.

Item ID: 58098
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1916-5781
Keywords: Indigneous, water, health hardware, hard water
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Copyright Information: © 2012 Heather Browett, Meryl Pearce, Eileen M Willis. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Funders: Power and Water, Northern Territory
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 00:38
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 100%
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