About This Project
Indigenous peoples are particularly vulnerable to the hazards associated with climate change, leading to greater health inequalities. The purpose of this project is to combine community participatory techniques with epidemiological and political-ecological assessments to examine the effects of climate change and water related environmental degradation, and exclusion from management and governance of the local environment on mental health in First Nations people, particularly young people, in regions vulnerable to climate extremes.
The project aims to provide pilot data and protocol development for a larger multi-country study. The project will assess the optimum way to collect information on mental health indicators, ecological and hydrological indices including biodiversity, water, soil and air quality, and most importantly processes that exclude indigenous peoples from legal and regulatory procedures governing natural resources such as water.
As extreme events like drought and cyclones become more common, the project will develop protocols to facilitate community voice in the management and governance of the local environment. This project builds on work with First Nation communities in Dominica (KCL), Arizona (ASU), and western NSW (UNSW & Griffith University).