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Torres Strait Islanders face more than their fair share of health impacts from climate change

By Nina Lansbury Hall, Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland
Andrew Redmond, Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland
Condy Canuto, Senior Lecturer Indigenous Health. Specializing in Sexual Health, The University of Queensland
Francis Nona, Lecturer, The University of Queensland
Samuel Barnes, Research Assistant, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland
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Torres Strait Islander peoples intend to live on their traditional country long-term. Living on the northernmost islands of Queensland allows these “saltwater people” to maintain their cultural responsibilities, identity and kinship connections.

Caring for country and keeping these connections can also bring health benefits. However, climate change increases the risks of negative health impacts.

There is escalating outrage


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