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Type: Journal article
Title: Developing health-related indicators of climate change: Australian stakeholder perspectives
Author: Navi, M.
Hansen, A.
Nitschke, M.
Hanson-Easey, S.
Pisaniello, D.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2017; 14(5):552-1-552-14
Publisher: MDPI AG
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1661-7827
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Maryam Navi, Alana Hansen, Monika Nitschke, Scott Hanson-Easey and Dino Pisaniello
Abstract: Climate-related health indicators are potentially useful for tracking and predicting the adverse public health effects of climate change, identifying vulnerable populations, and monitoring interventions. However, there is a need to understand stakeholders' perspectives on the identification, development, and utility of such indicators. A qualitative approach was used, comprising semi-structured interviews with key informants and service providers from government and non-government stakeholder organizations in South Australia. Stakeholders saw a need for indicators that could enable the monitoring of health impacts and time trends, vulnerability to climate change, and those which could also be used as communication tools. Four key criteria for utility were identified, namely robust and credible indicators, specificity, data availability, and being able to be spatially represented. The variability of risk factors in different regions, lack of resources, and data and methodological issues were identified as the main barriers to indicator development. This study demonstrates a high level of stakeholder awareness of the health impacts of climate change, and the need for indicators that can inform policy makers regarding interventions.
Keywords: indicators; climate change; health outcome; vulnerability; stakeholder
Description: Published: 22 May 2017
Rights: © 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
RMID: 0030070333
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph14050552
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