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Health Place. 2009 Sep;15(3):865-72. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.02.011. Epub 2009 Mar 9.

A relationship between environmental degradation and mental health in rural Western Australia.

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Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, University of Western Australia, Albany, Western Australia 6332, Australia.


Australia is currently experiencing a process of escalating ecosystem degradation. This landscape degradation is associated with many outcomes that may directly or indirectly impact on human health. This study used a Bayesian spatial method to examine the effects of environmental degradation (measured as dryland salinity) on the mental health of the resident rural population. An association was detected between dryland salinity and depression, indicating that environmental processes may be driving the degree of psychological ill-health in these populations.

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