Impact of the mining industry on the mental health of landholders and rural communities in southwest Queensland

Hossain, Delwar and Gorman, Don and Chapelle, Betti and Mann, Wayne and Saal, Rod and Penton, Geoff (2013) Impact of the mining industry on the mental health of landholders and rural communities in southwest Queensland. Australasian Psychiatry, 21 (1). pp. 32-37. ISSN 1039-8562

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Abstract

Objective: We aimed to ascertain the extent of mental health problems in rural communities of southwest Queensland.
Methods: Twelve workshops were conducted within this region, asking community members about the issues which were affecting their mental health, the gaps in services and facilities, and suggestions as to how to strengthen their capacity to deal with mental health problems.
Results: The participants highlighted the higher cost of living through increased rental and goods and service costs. Non-resident workforces, putting a strain on housing availability and succession planning, were among key concerns. The rapid increase in population has also put strains on health services within these communities, highlighting the need for mental health resources and a greater clarification and coordination of available health services.
Conclusions: The rural communities in this region are under sustained stress resulting from the incursion of the mining and coal seam gas industries. This has an impact on community mental health and wellbeing.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2013 01:37
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014 04:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: landholders; mental health; mining; rural communities
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1177/1039856212472379
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22854

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