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Related publications

This section provides details of publications related to policies and strategies for food safety relevant to Indigenous environmental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners.


Landrigan T, Pollard C (2011)

Food Access and Cost Survey (FACS) Western Australia, 2010.

Perth, WA: Department of Health, Western Australia


Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2010)

Overview of national partnerships in relation to the national Indigenous reform agenda.

Canberra: Australian Government

Environmental Health Needs Coordinating Committee (2010)

Environmental health needs of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia: the 2008 survey and its findings.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health, Public Health Division

The Western Australian Environmental health needs survey was conducted over 2007 and 2008 and is the third survey in a series which surveyed housing, services, utilities, community infrastructure and the immediate living environment in discrete Aboriginal communities in WA. Data collected related to over 15,000 residents from 232 communities. This publication reports the outcomes of this survey and provides a comparison with the outcomes of the 1997 and 2004 surveys.

The survey was conducted by environmental health practitioners who work with and in discrete Aboriginal communities. The practitioners visited the communities to survey existing infrastructure. Information was also collected about levels of community satisfaction and any concerns with the provision of essential, municipal and allied services which influenced and affected environmental health in the communities.

The core environmental health and infrastructure issues covered in the report were:

  • water
  • electricity
  • housing
  • solid waste disposal
  • sanitation
  • dust
  • dog health programs
  • emergency management

The report provides an evidence base which highlights the continued environmental health issues faced by many of the communities who participated in the survey. It is the foundation for the future direction of service plans and delivery in discrete communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Western Australian Department of Health (2010)

Food Unit communiqué: food access and cost survey.

Perth, WA: Department of Health, Western Australia


Environmental Health Needs Coordinating Committee (2005)

Environmental health needs of Indigenous communities in Western Australia: the 2004 survey and its findings.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

This report presents the results of the 2004 Environmental Health Needs Survey (EHNS) of Indigenous communities in Western Australia. In total, 274 Indigenous communities participated in the EHNS and 2801 dwelling forms were completed on individual households. In the report, data on core environmental health indicators are analysed for Western Australia's ATSIC regions, and comparisons are made with data from the 1997 EHNS. The indicators include water, electricity, housing, sanitation, solid waste, dust, dog control, and emergency management. Since the 1997 EHNS, progress has been made in larger communities on the indicators for water, electricity and sewerage. In smaller communities less progress has been made. Overall, more dwellings can be classified as 'adequate', but repairs and maintenance on housing need more attention.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Urbis Keys Young (2002)

Accountability in Indigenous environmental health services - Australia 2002: Indigenous environmental health mapping project.

Canberra: EnHealth Council, Department of Health and Ageing

The Department of Health and Ageing commissioned this report on behalf of the enHealth Council in 2002. The report provides a systematic account, or 'map', of the roles and responsibilities of key agencies or organisations involved in providing, managing or funding Indigenous environmental health services (at the time the report was written). In particular, the research was concerned with drinking water, housing, sewerage, waste management, pest control and food.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Last updated: 8 October 2015
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