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The Environmental health of remote Indigenous communities is a research project conducted by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Western Australia (WA). The project is investigating the impact of water quality and dust exposure on the respiratory health of Indigenous Australian children.
The initial stage of the project involved the collection of water and dust samples from remote Indigenous (Martu) communities in the eastern Pilbara. The samples were then analysed for heavy metal contamination.
The second phase of the project will involve real-time monitoring of inhalable dust, with a view to estimating exposure levels in remote communities.
Abstract adapted from Telethon Institute of Child Health Research
Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
100 Roberts Road
Subiaco WA 6008
PO Box 855
West Perth WA 6872
Ph: (08) 9489 7777