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Main Title: Exploring the determinants of health and wellbeing in communities living in proximity to coal seam gas developments in regional Queensland
Author(s): Mactaggart, Fiona
McDermott, Liane
Tynan, Anna
Gericke, Christian A.
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Background There is some concern that coal seam gas mining may affect health and wellbeing through changes in social determinants such as living and working conditions, local economy and the environment. The onward impact of these conditions on health and wellbeing is often not monitored to the same degree as direct environmental health impacts in the mining context, but merits attention. This study reports on the findings from a recurrent theme that emerged from analysis of the qualitative component of a comprehensive Health Needs Assessment (HNA) conducted in regional Queensland: that health and wellbeing of communities was reportedly affected by nearby coal seam gas (CSG) development beyond direct environmental impacts. Methods Qualitative analysis was initially completed using the Framework Method to explore key themes from 11 focus group discussions, 19 in-depth interviews, and 45 key informant interviews with health and wellbeing service providers and community members. A key theme emerged from the analysis that forms the basis of this paper. This study is part of a larger comprehensive HNA involving qualitative and quantitative data collection to explore the health and wellbeing needs of three communities living in proximity to CSG development in regional Queensland, Australia. Results Communities faced social, economic and environmental impacts from the rapid growth of CSG development, which were perceived to have direct and indirect effects on individual lifestyle factors such as alcohol and drug abuse, family relationships, social capital and mental health; and community-level factors including social connectedness, civic engagement and trust. Conclusions Outer regional communities discussed the effects of mining activity on the fabric of their town and community, whereas the inner regional community that had a longer history of industrial activity discussed the impacts on families and individual health and wellbeing. The findings from this study may inform future health service planning in regions affected by CSG in the development /construction phase and provide the mining sector in regional areas with evidence from which to develop social responsibility programs that encompass health, social, economic and environmental assessments that more accurately reflect the needs of the affected communities.
URI: https://depositonce.tu-berlin.de//handle/11303/7260
http://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-6536
Issue Date: 2017
Date Available: 12-Dec-2017
DDC Class: 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Subject(s): health needs assessment
wellbeing
rural health
social determinants of health
Sponsor/Funder: DFG, TH 662/19-1, Open Access Publizieren 2017 - 2018 / Technische Universität Berlin
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Journal Title: BMC Public Health
Publisher: BioMed Central
Publisher Place: London
Volume: 18
Article Number: 51
Publisher DOI: 10.1186/s12889-017-4568-1
ISSN: 1471-2458
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