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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

New South Wales Ministry of Health (2013)

Year in review: health protection in NSW, 2012.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 24(3): 105-118

2012

Urbis (2012)

Assessment of the social outcomes of the Working on Country program.

Canberra: Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

2010

Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit (2010)

Review of the NSW Health Aboriginal environmental health officer training program: summary report.

Sydney: New South Wales Department of Health

This report provides an overview of the outcomes and recommendations of a 2009 external review of the Aboriginal Environmental Health Officer training program at the NSW Department of Health. It includes recommendations for future program delivery.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Indigenous environmental health worker (2010)

Careers That Matter

This fact sheet, produced by the Industry Skills Council, listed the tasks Indigenous environmental health workers may perform.

It also provided general information on the personal attributes suited to the job, skills which are helpful for working in environmental health, qualifications needed and long term career opportunities.

The Careers That Matter website is no longer online, and the fact sheet no longer available.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

enHealth Council (2010)

Using the enHealth environmental health officer skills and knowledge matrix.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

The enHealth environmental health officer skills and knowledge matrix describes the skills and knowledge required to support the range of activities taken on as environmental health officers (EHO). The matrix includes:

  • a description of the skills and knowledge required to undertake the range of EHO roles
  • a statement of common EHO skills and knowledge applying across all states and territories
  • a statement of minimum skills and knowledge required.

Abstract adapted from enHealth

Environmental Health Committee (enHealth) (2010)

The role of environmental health officers in emergencies: stories from the front line.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

This report features stories of the actions taken by Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) during and after disasters in Australia. The report includes a chapter on the roles of EHOs during disasters in the Northern Territory, including two Indigenous community case studies:

  • responses to flooding in Oenpelli (Gunbalanya) in 2007
  • responses to flooding in Palumpa (Nganmarriyanga) in 2008-09.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Environmental health officer (2010)

Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services

This fact sheet, produced by the Northern Territory Department of Health, is part of a series promoting a career within the department.

This resource provides information about the role of an Environmental Health Officer, and covers:

  • the jobs an Environmental Health Officer may undertake in their work
  • location of the work
  • qualifications
  • transfer of qualifications
  • salary.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2009

Alberts P, Farran T (2009)

Studying environmental health at Batchelor: a student's experience.

Paper presented at the 7th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference Kalgoorlie, WA. 12-15 May 2009, Kalgoorlie, WA

Clements C, Maarus LB (2009)

Building environmental health through community partnership.

Paper presented at the 7th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference Kalgoorlie, WA. 12-15 May 2009, Kalgoorlie, WA

Environmental health worker resource kit (2009)

Human Services Training Advisory Council

The environmental health worker resource kit has been developed for people who provide training, work with, or employ Indigenous environmental health workers. The kit provides resources to cover the literacy and numeracy skills required to carry out workplace tasks ranging from measuring pesticide and water tank volumes to basic computer operations and report writing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

McEwen A, Smith S (2009)

Review of the Aboriginal environmental health training program.

Paper presented at the 7th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference Kalgoorlie, WA. 12-15 May 2009, Kalgoorlie, WA

Nagas T, Ptolemy H, Allen B (2009)

Environmental health officer, community engagement training and survey.

Paper presented at the 7th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference Kalgoorlie, WA. 12-15 May 2009, Kalgoorlie, WA

Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2009)

Service activity reporting 2006-2007 key results: a national profile of Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2009)

Service activity reporting 2007-2008 key results: a national profile of Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (2009)

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA environment & health forum recommendations.

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia

Queensland Health (2009)

Environmental health workers (EHW) general duty statement: a guide for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island local governments.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

This document outlines the primary and secondary roles of Indigenous environmental health practioners, including the duties relating to enviromental health issues.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Stoneham M, Daube M, Stafford J (2009)

Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia local government survey major findings.

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia

Windsor K (2009)

enHealth environmental health officer skills and knowledge matrix.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

The environmental health officers skills and knowledge matrix was developed as a foundation for a national approach to managing environmental health workforce issues. Included is a section relevant to Indigenous environmental health practitioners.

The following key issues were considered in the production of the matrix:

  • a description of the whole environmental health officer (EHO) role, not a specific EHO job
  • a statement of common EHO skills and knowledge
  • a statement of a minimum level EHO skills and knowledge to perform the role competently
  • a statement of skills and knowledge required regardless of whether this is attained through formal education, training and/or experience
  • a description of skills and knowledge directly related to the environmental health role
  • support for emerging roles based on reported developments in the field
  • sufficient detail to underpin the design of assessment processes

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - cyclone preparation & clean up.

: WorkThatMatters

This video forms part of the Careers That Matter, My job series which provides information and advice about careers in Indigenous environmental health. The focus of this video is preparing Indigenous communities for the cyclone season and the clean up process following a cyclone.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - dog control.

: WorkThatMatters

This video forms part of the Careers That Matter, My job series which provides information and advice about careers in Indigenous environmental health. The focus of this video is animal management in Indigenous communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - dust control & tree planting.

: WorkThatMatters

This video forms part of the Careers That Matter, My job series which provides information and advice about careers in Indigenous environmental health. The focus of this video is dust control and water testing in Indigenous communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - environmental health education.

: WorkThatMatters

This video forms part of the Careers That Matter, My job series which provides information and advice about careers in Indigenous environmental health. The focus of this video is the education programs Indigenous environmental health practitioners present to schools and communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - environmental health training.

: WorkThatMatters

This video forms part of the Careers That Matter, My job series which provides information and advice about careers in Indigenous environmental health. The focus of this video is the training undertaken to become an environmental health practitioner.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - food handling & safety.

: WorkThatMatters

This video forms part of the Careers That Matter, My job series which provides information and advice about careers in Indigenous environmental health. The focus of this video is food handling and safety in Indigenous communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - intro.

: WorkThatMatters

This video forms part of the Careers That Matter, My job series which provides information and advice about careers in Indigenous environmental health. The focus of this video is the types of jobs an environmental health practitioner will perform in Indigenous communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - pest control.

: WorkThatMatters

This video forms part of the Careers That Matter, My job series which provides information and advice about careers in Indigenous environmental health. The focus of this video is pest control, in particular mosquito control methods, in Indigenous communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - sewage maintenance.

: WorkThatMatters

This video forms part of the Careers That Matter, My job series which provides information and advice about careers in Indigenous environmental health. The focus of this video is sewage management, including pest control, in Indigenous communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - waste disposal.

: WorkThatMatters

This video forms part of the Careers That Matter, My job series which provides information and advice about careers in Indigenous environmental health. The focus of this video is rubbish control and education in Indigenous communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - working together.

: WorkThatMatters

This video forms part of the Careers That Matter, My job series which provides information and advice about careers in Indigenous environmental health.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Yates R (2009)

Protecting the health of the public: the role of the local government environmental health officer.

Public Health Bulletin SA; 6(3): 44-46

2008

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (2008)

Population health resource kit [CD ROM & DVD].

: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council

A resource kit to support education and training staff to deliver the population health and Indigenous environmental health qualifications that are part of the health training package within the VET sector.

Some material from the kit is available to download from the Industry Skills Council website (see links section).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Making two worlds work: building the capacity of the health and community sector to work effectively and respectfully with our Aboriginal community (2008)

Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation, Women's Health Goulburn North East

This resource kit aims to assist health care workers in the Hume region of Victoria to provide culturally competent health care to Indigenous peoples.

The kit includes: posters; an audit tool kit; information about working with Aboriginal clients and organisations; information about 'using an Aboriginal health promotion framework through an Aboriginal lens'; a CD with Indigenous images; a DVD and welcome sticker and template; and an information guide providing answers about Aboriginal health, history and protocols.

The kit was produced by Mungarbareena Aboriginal Corporation and Women's Health Goulburn North East with the support of the Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership and Wodonga Regional Health Service. The initiative to develop the kit was a winner in the 2009 Victorian Health Care Awards in the 'Reducing Health Inequalities' category.

Abstract adapted from Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation

Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2008)

Service activity reporting 2004-2005 key results: a national profile of Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2008)

Service activity reporting 2005-2006 key results: a national profile of Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

 
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