Environmental health of remote indigenous communities

There is a significant gap in health between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. This is particularly true for respiratory health and in individual living in remote communities.


In 2011 we commenced a research program designed to assess the role of the environment, with a focus on water quality and dust exposure, in contributing to this disparity in respiratory health.


We travelled to several communities of the Martu people in the eastern Pilbara and collected water and dust samples for analysis of heavy metal contamination.


We are now expanding this program to conduct real-time monitoring of the inhalable dust with a view to estimating exposure levels in the community.

Funding: Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (Rob Pierce)

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