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

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

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3758
Book TitleSowing the seeds of farmer health
AuthorsHossain, Delwar (Author), Gorman, Don (Author), Chapelle, Betti (Author), Saal, Rod (Author), Mann, Wayne (Author) and Penton, Geoff (Author)
EditorsBrumbay, Susan
Page Range35-54
Chapter Number3
Number of Pages20
Year2014
PublisherVURRN Press Inc.
Place of PublicationBallarat, Victoria
ISBN9780987455833
Web Address (URL)http://www.farmerhealth.org.au/shop/?product=sowing-the-seeds-of-farmer-health-pdf
Abstract

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.

Keywordsclimate varaibility, mental health, rural communities
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420313. Mental health services
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Byline AffiliationsCentre for Health Sciences Research
Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health
RHealth, Australia
AgAssist, Australia
Queensland Murray Darling Committee, Australia
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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