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Exploring ecosystems and health by shifting to a regional focus: perspectives from the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter

Kingsley, Jonathan, Patrick, Rebecca, Horwitz, Pierre, Parkes, Margot, Jenkins, Aaron, Massy, Charles, Henderson-Wilson, Claire and Arabena, Kerry 2015, Exploring ecosystems and health by shifting to a regional focus: perspectives from the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 12, no. 10, pp. 12706-12722, doi: 10.3390/ijerph121012706.

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Title Exploring ecosystems and health by shifting to a regional focus: perspectives from the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter
Author(s) Kingsley, Jonathan
Patrick, Rebecca
Horwitz, Pierre
Parkes, Margot
Jenkins, Aaron
Massy, Charles
Henderson-Wilson, ClaireORCID iD for Henderson-Wilson, Claire orcid.org/0000-0001-7826-9788
Arabena, Kerry
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 12
Issue number 10
Start page 12706
End page 12722
Total pages 17
Publisher MDPI AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2015-10-13
ISSN 1660-4601
Keyword(s) Oceania region
ecosystems approaches to health
Summary This article highlights contributions that can be made to the public health field by incorporating "ecosystem approaches to health" to tackle future environmental and health challenges at a regional level. This qualitative research reviews attitudes and understandings of the relationship between public health and the environment and the priorities, aspirations and challenges of a newly established group (the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter) who are attempting to promote these principles. Ten semi-structured interviews with Oceania EcoHealth Chapter members highlighted the important role such groups can play in informing organisations working in the Oceania region to improve both public health and environmental outcomes simultaneously. Participants of this study emphasise the need to elevate Indigenous knowledge in Oceania and the role regional groups play in this regard. They also emphasis that regional advocacy and ecosystem approaches to health could bypass silos in knowledge and disciplinary divides, with groups like the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter acting as a mechanism for knowledge exchange, engagement, and action at a regional level with its ability to bridge the gap between environmental stewardship and public health.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph121012706
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079770

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