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Two new papers on overcoming Indigenous disadvantage have been released by the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, a jointly funded venture by all Australian Governments that is delivered by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
One of the papers, Strategies to enhance employment of Indigenous ex-offenders after release from correctional institutions, examines the over-representation of Indigenous Australians in correctional systems, and possible remedial strategies.
'To address the problem, a long-term, transitional focus is essential, with programs ideally adopting a personalised, case-management approach,' the Clearinghouse said, adding that programs incorporating Indigenous knowledge and practices, or involving Indigenous facilitators or elders were also helpful.
The other paper, Increasing Indigenous employment rates, looked specifically at measures shown to improve Indigenous employment prospects.
Closing the Gap Clearinghouse
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
GPO Box 570
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: 1800 035 938
Fax: (02) 6244 1299