Water, drought and the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people

Water is deeply entwined with Aboriginal culture, and healthy waterways are critical to the culture and wellbeing of Aboriginal communities across NSW. From 2017 to 2020, NSW experienced some of the warmest temperatures on record, while rainfall was very low, resulting in large areas of NSW facing severe water shortages. 

 The Department of Planning and Environment commissioned us to determine if there have been changes to Aboriginal social, cultural and health outcomes between wet and dry periods in NSW.

To do this, we analysed a wide range of health, social and cultural data to examine correlations with river flows, dam storage levels, rainfall and temperature across NSW. Our work is being taken forward into DPE planning and water allocations.

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Let's improve the policies and programs that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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