Impacts of Climate Change on Vulnerable Populations

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This study aims to develop a typology of the mental health and well-being impacts of climate change, and to explore intersectoral capacity to enhance adaptability and resilience among vulnerable rural communities.

The objectives of this research include:

1. A broad scoping review of the literature on climate change, mental health and vulnerability to:

a) Identify the range of mental health and well-being indicators affected by climate change
b) Develop a draft typology of mental health and well-being effects of climate change
c) Identify how adaptability and resilience to climate change may be enhanced for vulnerable populations in rural NSW

2. Community engagement including one community engagement workshop in each of three geographic locations: Northern Rivers, Broken Hill and Orange/Dubbo, to bring the community (for example local government, emergency services, Red Cross, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, NSW Rural Assistance Authority, Business Chambers, Universities, NGOs and the general public) together to:

a) Critique the accuracy and completeness, and assess the potential utility of the draft typology
b) Review ways to build intersectoral capacity to increase adaptability and resilience of vulnerable populations in rural locations