Environmental Health Action in Indigenous Communities

Stephenson, Peter (2001) Environmental Health Action in Indigenous Communities. Environmental Health. The Journal of the Australian Institute of Environmental Health, 1 (1). pp. 72-81. ISSN 1444-5212

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This paper explores the ways in which a mismatch between research purpose and local outcomes can significantly undermine the credibility of Indigenous health staff within
their communities. The paper presents research findings and a case study that highlight the conflicting nature of the relationships and responsibilities that Indigenous
environmental health practitioners have to their communities and to their health agency employers. This is particularly so with respect to research being conducted on environmental health conditions in communities. It follows earlier calls by Indigenous people for research conducted in, for and with their communities that goes beyond problem identification. The conclusion leads to a strong advocacy for new research norms with designs and protocols that work to support, rather than to undermine, the work of local Indigenous practitioners in community environmental health practice

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Indigenous Communities, Environmental Health, Action-Research, Social Change
Field of Research (2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2013 07:46
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2013 07:46
URI: https://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/315

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