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Four new environmental health books have been released by Pilbara Meta Maya Aboriginal Corporation (PMMAC) in conjunction with Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health (CUCRH).
The books empower readers to address environmental health issues that occur in homes and communities, including pests, refuse, sewage, food hygiene, personal hygiene, dogs and unwanted car bodies.
The books cover cover four communities: Goodabinya, Punmu, Warralong and Nyungu Ngalyapa Nganyjurruku Yandeyarra. Each community involved in the development of the books identified its environmental health issues and decided what the solutions to address these issues should be. Although the environmental health problems are similar in each community, the books remain personal and contain photos of local people and details specific to their 'own place.'
An evaluation of the book's impact will be conducted after 3-4 months. The evaluation will investigate whether community members' knowledge and understanding of environmental health issues and solutions has improved and whether actions and behaviours have changed. Depending on the success of the publications, additional books may be developed and distributed to the remaining Pilbara communities serviced by the PMMAC environmental health team.
Source: Government of Western Australia Environmental Health Directorate Newsletter, Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia
Pilbara Meta Maya Regional Aboriginal Corporation
3 Yanana Street
Wedgefield WA 6721
PO Box 2680
South Hedland WA 6722
Ph: (08) 9172 5155