Indigenous environmental health at the crossroads


Date: 03/10/2002

Dr Peter Stephenson from the University of Western Sydney will discuss 'Indigenous Environmental Health at a Crossroads' at the 29th Australian Institute of Environmental Health National Conference 2002 in Manly on Monday, October 21.

Dr Stephenson's paper will identify where indigenous environmental health policy is being brought into mainstream use for the benefit of its practitioners and people.

"For improvements in the health and well-being of indigenous populations to be felt in the communities, let alone sustained, policy support needs to deliver integrated action that works on several levels," Dr Stephenson says.

"Without this integrated action, the Indigenous Communities Environmental Health Workforce risks being abandoned to flounder on the margins, prone to the ravages of burnout and marginalisation."

A range of topics focusing on indigenous environmental health in Australia will also be explored during the conference.

For more information about Dr Stephenson's presentation, please contact Dr Stephenson on (02) 4570 1557. For information about the conference, which runs from October 20 to October 25, please call Kerry Brack, from the Australian Institute of Environmental Health, on (02) 9181 3320.

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UWS media contact: Suzie Vlaming, 9678 7429, 0414 308 701 or email: s.vlaming@uws.edu.au

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