Not just a fisherman's wife : women's contribution to health and wellbeing in commercial fishing

Kilpatrick, Sue, King, Tanya J. and Willis, Karen 2015, Not just a fisherman's wife : women's contribution to health and wellbeing in commercial fishing, Australian journal of rural health, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 62-66, doi: 10.1111/ajr.12129.

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Title Not just a fisherman's wife : women's contribution to health and wellbeing in commercial fishing
Author(s) Kilpatrick, Sue
King, Tanya J.ORCID iD for King, Tanya J.
Willis, Karen
Journal name Australian journal of rural health
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Start page 62
End page 66
Total pages 5
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-04
ISSN 1440-1584
Keyword(s) fisher
fishing industry
industry associations
mental health
Summary OBJECTIVE: To explore the role of women in fishing industry organisations and communities in promoting best-practice health behaviours among fishers in Australia. DESIGN: This paper reports aspects of research that examined how the fishing industry can best support physical health and mental well-being of fishers. The study employed a mixed-methods, multisite case study approach. Data were gathered from face-to-face and phone interactions. SETTING: Two sites in Victoria and one in Western Australia. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-one male fishers, including commercial licence owners, skippers, deckhands, three female family members, three fishing association representatives, one local government representative, two health care providers, and three regional health planning and funding bodies. INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Not applicable. RESULTS: Often unrecognised, women associated with the fishing industry are integral to the promotion of good health for fishers. They are key to identifying health issues (particularly mental health issues) and proposing community-based health and well-being strategies. They often do so by incorporating health information and activities into 'soft entry points' - informal, non-health service mechanisms by which fishers can access health information and health services. CONCLUSIONS: While not working at the industry coalface, women have a stake, and are key players, in the commercial fishing industry. Their knowledge of, and credibility within, fishing enterprises makes them valuable sources of information about health issues facing the industry and effective strategies to address them. This expertise should be applied in conjunction with industry associations and health providers to achieve better health outcomes for fishers and their families.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12129
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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