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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(10), 12706-12722; doi:10.3390/ijerph121012706

Exploring Ecosystems and Health by Shifting to a Regional Focus: Perspectives from the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter

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Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, Parkville 3010, Australia
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School of Health & Social Development, Deakin University, Melbourne 3125, Australia
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School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup 6027, Australia
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School of Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George V2N4Z9, Canada
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School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup 6027, Australia
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Fenner School for Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra 2601, Australia
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School of Health & Social Development, Deakin University, Melbourne 3125, Australia
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Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, Parkville 3010, Australia
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 30 May 2015 / Revised: 20 September 2015 / Accepted: 9 October 2015 / Published: 13 October 2015
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Abstract

This article highlights contributions that can be made to the public health field by incorporating “ecosystem approaches to health” to tackle future environmental and health challenges at a regional level. This qualitative research reviews attitudes and understandings of the relationship between public health and the environment and the priorities, aspirations and challenges of a newly established group (the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter) who are attempting to promote these principles. Ten semi-structured interviews with Oceania EcoHealth Chapter members highlighted the important role such groups can play in informing organisations working in the Oceania region to improve both public health and environmental outcomes simultaneously. Participants of this study emphasise the need to elevate Indigenous knowledge in Oceania and the role regional groups play in this regard. They also emphasis that regional advocacy and ecosystem approaches to health could bypass silos in knowledge and disciplinary divides, with groups like the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter acting as a mechanism for knowledge exchange, engagement, and action at a regional level with its ability to bridge the gap between environmental stewardship and public health. View Full-Text
Keywords: Oceania region; ecosystems approaches to health Oceania region; ecosystems approaches to health
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Kingsley, J.; Patrick, R.; Horwitz, P.; Parkes, M.; Jenkins, A.; Massy, C.; Henderson-Wilson, C.; Arabena, K. Exploring Ecosystems and Health by Shifting to a Regional Focus: Perspectives from the Oceania EcoHealth Chapter. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 12706-12722.

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