Assessing the mental health issues of climate variability affecting rural and remote communities in southern Queensland

Hossain, Delwar and Gorman, Don and Chapelle, Betti and Saal, Rod and Mann, Wayne and Penton, Geoff (2014) Assessing the mental health issues of climate variability affecting rural and remote communities in southern Queensland. In: Sowing the seeds of farmer health. VURRN Press Inc., Ballarat, Victoria, pp. 35-54. ISBN 978-0-9874558-3-3

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Living and working in rural and remote areas is generally a stressful existence. This stress is caused by many identified and unidentified factors. Major causes of farm stress are: climatic conditions, isolation, farming bureaucracy, time pressures, financial pressures, lack of control, relationship pressures, societal stigma, confrontation of personal beliefs and an increase in a feeling of worthlessness.

This paper aims to identify critical issues associated with climate variability affecting farmers and associated communities living in Southern Queensland. This project will provide information to build a framework to assist farmers and other rural and remote communities to manage the mental health impacts of climate variability.

The research has updated earlier literature of programs of relevance to climate change and its impact on the mental health of farming and associated communities. In addition, it has identified issues, services and gaps in the rural communities and appropriate measures to improve mental health in the farming sector.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. VURRN Press Inc. Permanent restricted access to chapter due to publisher copyright policy. Useful materials for agricultural health and medical researchers.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
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Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2014 04:55
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 05:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate varaibility, mental health, rural communities
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420313 Mental health services
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified
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