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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

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2013

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Institute of Family Studies (2013)

What works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage: key learnings and gaps in the evidence: 2011-12.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report summaries the findings of the Closing The Gap Clearinghouse on the research and evaluation evidence collected for overcoming disadvantage for Indigenous Australians. For this report the Clearinghouse focused on three of the seven Council of Australian Governments building blocks for overcoming disadvantage; early childhood, health and safe communities. It includes information on what works, what does not work and gaps in the evidence.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bailie R, Griffin J, Laycock A, Kelaher M, McNeair T, Percival N, Schierhout G (2013)

Sentinel Sites evaluation: a place-based evaluation of the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package 2010–2012: final report .

Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2013)

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse annual report: 2011–12: 2012–13.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and Australian Institute of Family Studies

Constable J, O’Leary J, Roberts A (2013)

Closing the work gap in corporate Australia: Indigenous perspectives on effective engagement between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the private sector.

Sydney: Diversity Council Australia

This is the second research report which investigates Indigenous perspectives on effective community engagement for successful and sustainable employment in the private sector.

The publication reports on research that sought the opinions of Indigenous thought leaders and practitioners. The investigation and presentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives was seen as necessary to balance what was seen as a disproportionate focus on employer perspectives and experiences to-date.

The report presents eight key characteristics of effective engagement:

  • engagement premised on Indigenous perspectives
  • community conscious engagement
  • strategic engagement
  • engagement focused on two-way capacity building
  • culturally safe and inclusive engagement
  • clear and authentic engagement
  • taking time when engaging
  • engagement using the right metrics.

The reported findings - that Indigenous peoples' voices and knowledge are key to enabling Australian organisations build sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations - could be applied beyond private sector employment.

The report was produced by the Diversity Council Australia in partnership with Lend Lease and Reconciliation Australia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Riddell S, Perini N (2013)

Indigenous employment: quality, not quantity.

SVA Consulting Quarterly; (3): 1

Retrieved 19 February 2013 from http://svaconsultingquarterly.com/2013/02/19/indigenous-employment-quality-not-quantity/

2012

Anikeeva O, Katterl R, Bywood P (2012)

The Closing the Gap Initiative: successes and ongoing challenges for divisions of general practice.

Australian Family Physician; 41(7): 523-527

Australian National Audit Office (2012)

Capacity development for Indigenous service delivery.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

This report presents the findings of an independent performance audit in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of Health and Ageing. The focus of the audit was the provision of programs and services to remote Indigenous communities. In particular, how these organisations attempt to reduce the risks associated with service delivery by Indigenous organisations who have a significant role in the delivery of these services on behalf of the Australian Government. The key findings included:

  • the influences on service delivery capacity for service providers (in particular remote service providers)
  • risk management for program and service delivery outcomes
  • Australian Government investment to support capacity for Indigenous service delivery.

Recommendations and the responses of the three departments to the report are included.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Commonwealth Ombudsman (2012)

Remote housing reforms in the Northern Territory.

Canberra: Commonwealth Ombudsman

Hall J, Wedgwood E, Pope A (2012)

Australian government coordination arrangements for Indigenous programs.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

Peiris D, Brown A, Howard M, Rickards BA, Tonkin A, Ring I, Hayman N, Cass A (2012)

Building better systems of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: findings from the kanyini health systems assessment.

BMC Health Services Research; 12: 369

Retrieved 28 October 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/12/369/abstract

Productivity Commission (2012)

Better Indigenous policies: the role of evaluation: roundtable proceedings.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Taylor HR, Boudville AI, Anjou MD (2012)

The roadmap to close the gap for vision.

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(11): 613-615

Tsey K, McCalman J, Bainbridge R, Brown C (2012)

Improving Indigenous community governance through strengthening Indigenous and government organisational capacity.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

2011

Department of Health and Ageing (2011)

Evaluation of the child health check initiative and the expanding health service delivery initiative: final report.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

This publication reports on the evaluation of the Child Health Check Initiative (CHCI) and the Expanding Health Service Delivery Initiative (EHSDI) commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA). The two initiatives provide different approaches to addressing the health needs of remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and are both part of the Northern Territory Emergency Response. The findings and recommendations of the independent evaluation are presented in this report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Wood L, Shilton T, Dimer L, Smith J, Leahy T (2011)

Beyond the rhetoric: how can non-government organisations contribute to reducing health disparities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 17(4): 384-394

 
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