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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Stronger futures in the Northern Territory: hearing health services 2012 - 2013.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents data on Indigenous children who were a part of the Child Hearing Health Coordinator (CHHC) program which ran in the Northern Territory in 2012 and 2013. During that time, 1,541 children were provided with 1,807 audiology services. The report outlines the results for 174 of the children, who participated in the CHHC program and presented for 181 visits. Of the children who received audiology services, 72% were diagnosed with at least one type of middle ear condition and about 10% had moderate, severe or profound hearing impairment.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Biddle N, Brennan C, Yap M (2014)

Effectiveness of traineeships and apprenticeships for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Dudgeon P, Walker R, Scrine C, Shepherd C, Calma T, Ring I (2014)

Effective strategies to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report draws on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, theoretical understandings, and available evidence, to derive strategies that effectively address the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The paper provides an evidence based discussion of factors that influence the effective development, implementation and outcomes of initiatives to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing issues. The paper also discusses whether current investment in the area is aligned with available evidence on what works.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


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


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

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

Last updated: 20 February 2018
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