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Climate change a threat to Torres Strait communities

29 July 2014

The Chair of the Torres Strait Regional Authority, Joseph Elu, says it's critical for communities in the Torres Strait region to prepare now for the impacts of climate change.
 

Water Corporation Indigenous employment strategy giving hope to young workers

29 July 2014

The Water Corporation, in Western Australia (WA), is experiencing significant success with their Indigenous employment program, seeing a 36% increase in Indigenous employment in the past 12 months.
 

New reports on Indigenous housing from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

28 July 2014

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released three new reports, with a focus on Indigenous Australians, examining rates of home ownership, housing circumstances, and homelessness.
 

Nhulunbuy overall winner in Australian clean beaches awards 2014

21 July 2014

The Northern Territory beach of Nhulunbuy has been named the overall winner in the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian clean beaches awards 2014 at Currumbin, Queensland.
 

Great outcomes for Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council environmental trust restoration project

15 July 2014

Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council and EnviTE Environment are celebrating the successful implementation of a two year restoration project which has been undertaken at The Jali Lands (Ngunya Jargoon Indigenous Protected Area (IPA)) located near Wardell.
 

Caring for country project receives NAIDOC award

15 July 2014

A Caring for country project in the Kimberley has won a NAIDOC award for bringing together traditional Indigenous knowledge and modern science.
 

Indigenous rangers caring for country at Millstream national park

14 July 2014

Indigenous rangers from the Ngurrawanna community teamed up with Yinjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, Rangelands Natural Resource Management (NRM) and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) for a project that aimed to eliminate date palms at Millstream national park in the Pilbara region.
 

Caring for country during NAIDOC week

11 July 2014

An Indigenous man from the Coorong, South Australia, is committed to ensuring the bushland in his area is still around for future generations to enjoy.
 

Management plan for wild dogs in NSW

27 June 2014

Australia's first national plan aimed at controlling wild dogs will be launched in Armidale, New South Wales (NSW) next week.
 

Ngargin doctors program aiming to reduce Indigenous health gap

24 June 2014

A new program aims to tackle long-term poor health in some Indigenous communities in New South Wales by arming young leaders with a knowledge of hygiene, health and bush medicine.
 

Capacity building for Indigenous animal management workers

23 June 2014

Last month, six Indigenous animal management workers (AMWs), trained by Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC), from East Arnhem and Barkly travelled to Sydney to undertake additional training in humane and safe dog handling, provided probono by the International Dog Academy.
 

Bid to eradicate dengue fever in Townsville

16 June 2014

Researchers from Monash University are proposing to introduce Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes to the community of Townsville, Queensland, in a bid to eliminate dengue fever.
 

Controlling dog populations in remote communities to improve Indigenous health outcomes

6 June 2014

A push to reduce out of control dog populations has improved Indigenous health outcomes by preventing the spread of disease-causing parasites in remote communities.
 

Closing the gap in engineering

4 June 2014

Engineers Without Borders Australia and Engineers Australia are launching two new reconciliation initiatives to create long-term, systemic change within the engineering industry.
 

Indigenous Plumbing and Sanitation Foundation setting goals for remote communities

4 June 2014

A new not-for-profit organisation, the Indigenous Plumbing and Sanitation Foundation (IPSF), is aiming to get more youth from remote Indigenous communities into plumbing apprenticeships, as well as offer assistance by providing funds to improve sanitation standards and the water supply to outstations and small remote Indigenous communities.
 

Potential for Indigenous communities to tackle climate change

3 June 2014

A new study, the Carbon farming initiative, which explores ways to tackle climate change, has emphasised the importance of replanting native forests and woodlands vegetation on Indigenous lands, notably southern and eastern Australia.
 

Trachoma program sets sight on final elimination of the disease

30 May 2014

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, former Governor-General Michael Jeffery, government services, civil society organisations and not-for-profits will gather in Alice Springs this week to work towards the common goal of eliminating trachoma, the leading infectious cause of avoidable blindness, from Central Australia.
 

AMRRIC 10th anniversary conference keynote speakers and themes

28 May 2014

The Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) 10th anniversary conference is being held in Darwin this year, running from the 23 to 25 September 2014.
 

World Environment Day 2014

28 May 2014

World Environment Day (WED), held on the 5 June 2014, is the United Nation's principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.
 

Recycling plant keen to boost Indigenous workforce

27 May 2014

A Cherbourg recycling facility, set to open in July, says it wants to become the region's biggest employer of Indigenous people.
 

Primary prevention for otitis media a necessity, says national workshop

27 May 2014

The QAIHC (Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council) held a workshop on the primary prevention of the ear disease, otitis media, in Brisbane last week, bringing together representatives from community controlled health services, clinicians and academics.
 

Remote community of Titjikala working with architecture students

13 May 2014

Architecture students from University of Melbourne recently worked with a remote Indigenous community in the Northern Territory (NT) township of Titjikala to design and build innovative outdoor living spaces.
 

Indigenous plumbing program makes a start in Walgett and Lightning Ridge

6 May 2014

Pipes, septic systems and running water have all been inspected as part of a pilot program targeting Indigenous community housing in the towns of Walgett and Lightning Ridge in New South Wales (NSW).
 

Access to services challenge skin health in the North West

6 May 2014

A House of Representatives health committee has heard large distances and a shortage of health workers make good skin health a challenge in the Kimberley.
 

Indigenous ambassadors warn of climate impact on native land and culture

30 April 2014

Two young Indigenous climate ambassadors have been touring Australia to document the impact of the changing natural environment on traditional communities.
 

Indigenous communities sign up to housing management agreements

29 April 2014

Almost 50 Western Australian Indigenous communities have signed up to a new housing management plan, which brings them into line with mainstream public housing tenancy arrangements under the West Australian (WA) Department of Housing.
 

Derelict Fitzroy Valley buildings pose asbestos risk to local community

28 April 2014

The Indigenous community of Wangkatjungka in the Fitzroy Valley is hoping the building of new houses in the region will prompt a decision to have asbestos-ridden buildings in close proximity demolished.
 

Working on country program at Fletcher's Lake a positive for local community

16 April 2014

The Working on country program, recently expanded into the area of Fletcher's Lake in New South Wales, has seen both the community and the environment experience a number of benefits.
 

Australia on course to eliminate trachoma by 2020

14 April 2014

New figures released in a report that investigates trachoma prevalence in the Northern Territory (NT), show a more than threefold decrease of the disease in NT children over three years old.
 

New fire truck for remote community of Maningrida

9 April 2014

The remote Indigenous community of Maningrida, situated on the shore of the Arafura Sea in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, were the pleased recipients of a new fire truck recently.
 

Plumbing health checks for remote Indigenous communities in NSW

8 April 2014

Fair Trading New South Wales (NSW) has launched a pilot program for rural and remote Indigenous communities that provides annual plumbing health checks for Indigenous housing providers and their tenants in NSW.
 

Tickvector project receives rural and remote support

2 April 2014

Tickvectors, a research program that aims to characterise potential pathogens in ticks across Australia, has received almost 1500 ticks from dogs in five different rural and remote Indigenous communities in the Top End.
 

AMRRIC celebrates World Spay Day

1 April 2014

World Spay Day, held in February each year, aims to bring to light the effectiveness of spaying/neutering as a means of saving the lives of companion animals, community cats and streets dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.
 

AMRRIC veterinary outreach services to receive $1.7m in funding

31 March 2014

The Australian government has announced they will commit $1.7m over three years to support Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities' (AMMRIC) veterinary outreach services.
 

Indigenous Western Australian prisoners to take part in land conservation project

25 March 2014

Two groups of prisoners from Greenough Regional Prison, near Geraldton in Western Australia (WA) are taking part in a land conservation project in the Greater Geraldton region.
 

Palm Island students keeping their beaches clean

19 March 2014

School children on tropical Palm Island, off the north Queensland coast, have swapped their classroom for the beach to take part in the Reef guardian schools project.
 

RSPCA calling for funding to address harm against animals in the Broome and West Kimberley regions

19 March 2014

Harm against animals in the Broome and West Kimberley region has prompted the RSPCA to call for $3.6 million to fix the problem.
 

Australian Army delivers critical infrastructure to APY lands

12 March 2014

The Australian Army has completed critical infrastructure projects and delivered key services to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara town of Fregon/Kaltjiti as part of the Army Aboriginal community assistance program.
 

Broome Shire to decide on whether to demolish condemned houses in Mallingbarr

10 March 2014

The Shire of Broome is deciding whether to demolish or restore four condemned Indigenous houses in the community of Mallingbar.
 

Million dollar waste and recycling facility for the Pilbara

5 March 2014

Transpacific Industries Group subsidiary Cleanaway has partnered with Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation to build a $17.5 million waste management facility in the Pilbara region to service the growing waste and recycling needs of the resource industry.
 

Latest funding round for Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) announced

4 March 2014

The latest funding round for the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) was announced this week, with $2.5 million going to initiatives that benefit Indigenous people living in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Torres Strait receives funding for coastal protection

3 March 2014

The Australian Government has announced they will invest a total of $12 million to support improvements to vital seawall infrastructure on six Torres Strait islands that experience regular tidal and storm surge flooding.
 

Higher cost of Kimberley repairs a concern for Western Australian Department of Housing

3 March 2014

The Western Australian (WA) Department of Housing is concerned about the significant amount of money required to repair damaged houses in the Kimberley.
 

New alliance of organisations to combat evictions

21 February 2014

A new alliance of organisations has been formed to campaign for public housing policies that assist tenants to meet standards so they are not evicted into homelessness.
 

Dorrigo Aboriginal 'green team' a continual success

19 February 2014

An environmental health team in Bellingen Shire in New South Wales (NSW), the 'Green Team' or 'Blackfoot Environmental Warriors' (as they prefer to be known), is enjoying a successful start to the year.
 

Potential reform for free electricity in APY lands a cause for concern

19 February 2014

Electricity generation and consumption continues to be a problem for people across the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands.
 

Study highlights effective Indigenous disaster relief

18 February 2014

A recent American study has drawn attention to the way that Indigenous communities can effectively respond to natural disasters by drawing on local practices, traditions and lore in times of emergency.
 

Mount Isa Hospital tests more children for high lead-levels

18 February 2014

The Mount Isa Hospital says a new hospital-testing regime in the north-west Queensland mining city will significantly increase the number of children tested for the presence of high levels of lead in their blood each year, with a focus on Indigenous children and those from poorer environments.
 

Hope Vale banana plantation providing employment opportunities to local community

7 February 2014

The small Aboriginal community of Hope Vale in Far North Queensland is now home to an 80 hectare banana plantation, a new agricultural business that is providing 40 fulltime jobs and casual work for a number of locals.
 

Asbestos illness a concern for Indigenous community of Baryulgil

4 February 2014

There are serious concerns over a number of asbestos related illnesses in the Indigenous community of Baryulgil in North Coast NSW.
 

Yappala Properties Indigenous Protected Area creating opportunities for community

3 February 2014

The recent declaration of the Yappala Properties Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) is providing numerous benefits to the town of Yappala in South Australia.
 

Indigenous community of Palm Island faces cyclone without shelter

30 January 2014

The Indigenous community of North Queensland's Palm Island will be at risk of facing a potential cyclone without a proper shelter.
 

Quality water in sight for community of Jigalong

22 January 2014

The Indigenous community of Jigalong, a town in the remote Pilbara in north-west Western Australia, is expected to have access to better quality water by mid this year.
 

Kenmore Park orchard improving food security on Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

14 January 2014

An orchard planted by an elderly couple in the remote town of Kenmore Park is providing locally-produced food and employment opportunities to the Indigenous residents of the community.
 

Cultural partnership rehabilitating East Gippsland's environment

14 January 2014

Indigenous and environment workers in East Gippsland are working together to rehabilitate parts of the bush and learn about its cultural history.
 

NATSIEH conference award winners 2013

13 January 2014

Craig Steel and Merle O'Donnell were the recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health at the recent 9th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (NATSIEH) conference in Adelaide.
 

Menzies research project recognised as one of Australia's best

8 January 2014

A Northern Territory-based, Menzies School of Health Research project investigating the effectiveness of a vaccine to prevent severe diarrhea in children has been recognised as one of the country's ten best research projects for 2013 by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research.
 

Dingo parasite a cause for concern in Indigenous communities

16 December 2013

Researchers have warned that Indigenous communities could be at risk of infection after they discovered the first report of a particular parasite, a hookworm, Ancylostoma ceylanicum in dingoes in far north Queensland.
 

Indigenous cadetships providing ranger opportunities for students

13 December 2013

Indigenous students at Port Lincoln High School are participating in a program that could see them gain employment in land management after leaving school.
 

2012-13 Australian Medical Association Indigenous health report card launched

10 December 2013

The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Indigenous health report card 2012-13, the healthy early years - getting the right start in life, was released today by Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, at Parliament House in Canberra.
 

Conservation and land management traineeships at Monarto Zoo open new paths for Indigenous graduates

10 December 2013

Six Aboriginal students have widened their career paths in conservation and horticulture after completing Conservation and land management traineeships at Monarto Zoo this year.
 

Radioactive spill in Kakadu worries local community

10 December 2013

The community of Mudginberri, on Magela Creek in the Northern Territory, is concerned about a recent radioactive spill at the Ranger uranium mine, only seven kilometres upstream from the community.
 

Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland connecting with Indigenous communities

5 December 2013

The Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland (EWOQ) is strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities, aiming to ensure communities experiencing problems with their electricity supplier have an organisation to reach out to.
 

Environmental trust grant awarded to Trangie Central School

3 December 2013

Trangie Central School (TCS) has been announced as one of the recipients of the $1.1 million NSW Environmental trust grants awarded to schools and researchers.
 

Retrospective study hoping to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment for ear and lung infections

3 December 2013

Menzies School of Health Research will undertake a retrospective study of 20 years of ear and lung data with the aim of informing improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment options for Indigenous children with middle ear and lung infections.
 

Doomadgee vet clinic opens for business

29 November 2013

Federal member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, officially opened the new vet clinic in the community of Doomadgee, North Queensland, whilst emphasising its importance for the town.
 

Environmental science student wins award for work with Indigenous groups

27 November 2013

A Bundaberg environmental science student has been acknowledged for his work helping Indigenous groups produce honey, winning a CQUniversity Opal Award.
 

Release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13

27 November 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.
 

Launch of the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity

26 November 2013

The Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases (MBI) will be officially opened on Thursday next week.
 

On Country exhibition celebrating Indigenous land management

26 November 2013

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Australia, On Country, is celebrating how Indigenous people use generations of knowledge to manage Australia's land, rivers and oceans.
 

Winners announced for the EduGrow school garden awards 2013

25 November 2013

Shepherdson College, Galiwinku, was announced the Grand Prize winner of the EduGrow school garden awards at the EduGrow awards ceremony held at Yirrkala school last week.
 

Yan Gari tucker project benefiting mums and kids

25 November 2013

Mothers in the North Coast Local Region of Queensland are creating healthier eating habits, thanks to a program run at the Gympie South Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playgroup, the Yan Gari tucker project.
 

Ninti One report released as feral camel cull ends

22 November 2013

The final report into the Federal Government's $19 million Australian feral camel management project has been released, suggesting a relatively small investment could keep the pest problem down.
 

Communities of Ivanhoe and Wilcannia receive visit from Indigenous community dog health program

18 November 2013

Veterinarians from the RSPCA's Indigenous community dog health program were kept busy this week as they de-sexed, microchipped and vaccinated pets in Wilcannia and Ivanhoe, located in far west New South Wales (NSW).
 

Central Australian waste management program wins award

9 November 2013

Barkly Shire Council was recognised for its continuing efforts in waste management as part of the Territory tidy town awards in Alice Springs recently.
 

Indigenous women graduates take hands on role in health

6 November 2013

The University of New South Wales was recently home to the largest group of Aboriginal people to graduate from a university medical faculty at one time.
 

Menzies School of Health Research receives NHMRC excellence award

6 November 2013

A Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) project has been recognised amongst the nation's premier research projects by Australia's peak body for health and medical research, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
 

Locally-acquired Dengue fever case confirmed in the Pilbara

5 November 2013

The first case of dengue fever acquired in Western Australia in more than 70 years has been confirmed by WA Health.
 

NHMRC announces health and medical research grants

25 October 2013

The Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP has announced $559.1 million to Australian health and medical researchers to generate new health discoveries across Australia.
 

Indigenous traditional knowledge could play key role in fighting bushfires

25 October 2013

Indigenous land management group, North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance, says traditional knowledge about Indigenous fire management techniques could help prevent the huge bushfires seen in New South Wales and Victoria.
 

Cherbourg adopts a Land use planning scheme

23 October 2013

The community of Cherbourg, west of Gympie, is the second Indigenous community in Queensland to adopt a Land Use Planning Scheme.
 

Wujal Wujal wins Environmental protection award

23 October 2013

The town of Wujal Wujal, 30 kilometres north of Cape Tribulation, has been named one of Queensland's tidiest towns for 2013, winning the Environmental protection award at a ceremony in Cairns.
 

Environmental health books released by Meta Maya

14 October 2013

Four new environmental health books have been released by Pilbara Meta Maya Aboriginal Corporation (PMMAC) in conjunction with Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health (CUCRH).
 

Australian band to donate proceedings of their new single to Indigenous organisation Red Dust

11 October 2013

Australian band In Hearts Wake, in conjunction with their label UNFD, has made available their new single 'Skydancer' in a 'pay what you want scheme' with 100% of the profits going towards supporting Indigenous cultures worldwide through three not-for-profit charity groups.
 

Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) call for horse cull in the East Kimberley

11 October 2013

The Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) are calling for Lands Minister Brendon Grylls to immediately initiate an aerial cull on feral horses at two pastoral leases (Lake Gregory and Billiluna) in the East Kimberley.
 

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation receives community waste grant

2 October 2013

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation in the Pilbara, has been announced as a recipient of the 2013 West Australian Community grants scheme, winning $4,282 to start their Food scraps to fertiliser project.
 

Housing for Health guide to be released online in early October

23 September 2013

Healthabitat is launching a free, interactive, online publication on 2 October 2013 in a bid to improve living conditions and health in some of Australia's most disadvantaged communities.
 

Malpa young doctors project a success in Utopia

22 September 2013

An Aboriginal homeland in the Northern Territory, Utopia, is now the proud home of 39 graduates from the Malpa young doctors project.
 

Improving food security in Areyonga

18 September 2013

The community of Areyonga now have access to a greater range of healthy and affordable food, thanks to new support from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).
 

North Queensland Indigenous land and sea grants funding announced

18 September 2013

North Queensland Indigenous communities are being urged to apply for Queensland Government grants to sustainably manage natural and cultural resources on their land.
 

Free check-ups for local animals in Tennant Creek and the Barkly

6 September 2013

Nearly 200 cats and dogs have been checked and desexed by a group of visiting vets, in a bid to improve animal health in Tennant Creek and the Barkly.
 

Online Larrakia seasonal calendar launched

3 September 2013

The Larrakia Traditional Owners and CSIRO have launched an online calendar detailing Aboriginal seasonal knowledge in the Darwin area of the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Call for federal legislation to encourage children's hygiene

27 August 2013

Former AFL star turned Senate candidate David Wirrpanda has joined Bindi Irwin's call for federal legislation to encourage children's hygiene, including having soap in all school toilets.
 

Aboriginal households in New South Wales to benefit from energy plan

23 August 2013

Two thousand Aboriginal households in remote communities will be assessed for potential energy savings under a state government plan.
 

Amalgamation of Environmental Health Australia (WA) and Environmental Health Association Australia

23 August 2013

Environmental Health Australia (WA) (formerly the Australian Institute of Environmental Health) and Environmental Health Association Australia (EHAA) have come to an agreement where the organisations will amalgamate and operate under the constitution of Environmental Health Australia (WA).
 

Dog problems a risk to bush community health

22 August 2013

The federal Coalition has promised to spend $1.7 million on animal management programs in the Northern Territory to address issues of dog overpopulation and resulting illnesses.
 

Renewed funding for SA Aboriginal environmental health program

16 August 2013

The South Australian Aboriginal Environmental Health Worker program has successfully secured $2.7 million to fund environmental health programs in Aboriginal communities over the next three years.
 

New ABA projects announced for the Northern Territory

30 July 2013

There are 35 new projects that will receive funding totaling more than $10.2 million from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).
 

Central Kimberley water model crosses the cultural barrier

29 July 2013

An inter-disciplinary team has been developing a model to assess the likely ecological consequences of changing water-management practices in the central Kimberley.
 

Supporting Indigenous management of Queensland's sea country

17 July 2013

The Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water, Mark Butler, has released a media statement announcing that the Rudd Government has committed $930,000 to Indigenous organisations and traditional owners across Queensland to manage marine turtles, dugongs and sea-country.
 

Brewarrina turns waste into fine art

11 July 2013

Yellowbelly fish sculptures made entirely from recycled cans and scrap metal have been showcased in two western New South Wales towns.
 

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.
 

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Western-Australian-health-workers-survey This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.
 

Remote NT community advocates for Aboriginal recycling

19 March 2013

Residents of a remote Northern Territory community are hoping the cash-for-containers scheme is made permanent so Aboriginal people can profit from recycling.
 

Discussion paper on community living area land reform

18 March 2013

The Australian Government today released a discussion paper on reforming community living area land in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Napranum learns cyclone lessons

15 March 2013

The western Cape York community of Napranum says it was much better prepared for a severe weather threat earlier this week because of its recent experience during Cyclone Oswald.
 

Remote housing needs integrated approach: CDU researchers

12 March 2013

A Charles Darwin University (CDU) research project investigating the provision of remote housing has found that Indigenous people and governments would benefit if 'whole-of-government, whole-of-community' approaches were practised.
 

First newsletter for Aboriginal environmental health in WA

27 February 2013

Aboriginal environmental health practitioners and their colleagues in Western Australia (WA) will gain more publicity for their achievements in the field, following the launch of WA's first dedicated newsletter for Aboriginal environmental health this week.
 

Building an Indigenous recycling venture in Cherbourg, Queensland

22 February 2013

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) has commenced work on a collaborative project with the Cherbourg Council, the University of Canberra, and remote architecture specialist Dr Steve Burroughs to establish a new materials recycling facility in Cherbourg, Queensland.
 

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.
 

High rates of Neglected Tropical Diseases identified in Indigenous communities

18 February 2013

The authors of a recent report into Neglected Tropical Diseases (NDTs) in Oceania have called for a renewed push in investment to combat these diseases in the region.
 

Water infrastructure upgrade for Ardyaloon and other remote WA communities

15 February 2013

The federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs today announced $10 million in funding to improve the quality and security of water supplies in Ardyaloon and other remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia (WA).
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.
 

Indigenous housing target exceeded

17 January 2013

More than 5000 homes in remote Indigenous communities have now been refurbished or rebuilt.
 

Trachoma could be eradicated in Australia within five years

8 January 2013

Trachoma could be entirely eradicated from Australia within the next five years, according to Hugh Taylor, professor of Indigenous eye health at Melbourne University.
 

Indigenous community of Cherbourg hosts disaster awareness day

16 November 2012

The Indigenous community of Cherbourg in Queensland recently hosted a disaster awareness event to share lessons learned from the 2011 floods.
 

Poster exhibition spreads canine health messages in Tennant Creek

9 November 2012

A poster exhibition showcasing resources which promote messages about healthy dogs is currently on display at the local library in Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Indigenous community of Woorabinda in Queensland bans plastic bags

7 November 2012

A central Queensland Indigenous community is taking action to eliminate plastic bag litter.
 

Better cyclone tracking will benefit Indigenous communities in Top End

2 November 2012

The weather bureau says a radar installation being built in Arnhem Land will fill an important gap in the monitoring of cyclones in northern Australia.
 

Swimming pool study shows no benefits for Indigenous children's ear health and hearing

19 October 2012

A study by Flinders University of the effect of swimming pools on ear health and hearing of school aged Indigenous children in South Australia's Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands and Yalata from 2009-2011, has found there was no direct benefit.
 

DVDs to boost Indigenous cyclone awareness in Townsville

17 October 2012

Townsville City Council has launched a new resource to help Indigenous and migrant communities better prepare for a cyclone.
 

Animal management extend services to Groote outstations, NT

28 September 2012

East Arnhem Shire Council in the Northern Territory is set to expand animal management services to outstations of Groote Eylandt, as a result of a newly signed partnership with Groote Eylandt Bickerton Island Enterprise (GEBIE).
 

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.
 

New Public Health Act for WA will improve conditions in Indigenous communities

7 September 2012

Western Australia's Health Minister, Kim Hames, has pledged to introduce a new Public Health Bill to WA Parliament before the end of 2012.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.
 

First Indigenous environmental health university graduate for Western Australia

31 August 2012

Troy Hill is the very first Aboriginal person from Western Australia (WA) to graduate at a tertiary level in environmental health.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).
 

Indigenous communities in WA tap into better drinking water

20 August 2012

Treatment equipment will be installed in two Aboriginal communities in Western Australia's north to improve the quality of their drinking water.
 

Mozzie busters work with Tennant Creek residents (NT)

17 August 2012

The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health's mozzie-busting squad is seeking the continued cooperation of Tennant Creek householders for the latest round of work to eliminate the mosquito species that can carry dengue fever.
 

Fire trailers will aid remote Indigenous communities in WA, SA

10 August 2012

Remote communities in the Kimberley, in Western Australia, and in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, in South Australia, will have access to their own mobile fire fighting equipment for the first time.
 

Art promotes unity during natural disasters, Far North Queensland

6 August 2012

Disaster management was the subject of Indigenous art exhibited at this year's Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) Show in Far North Queensland.
 

NT grant funding for environmental and food gardening projects

3 August 2012

Environmental health, sustainable housing, composting, edible gardens and climate change are the focus of some of the projects that have just won government funding in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

NT releases its new Homelands policy

1 August 2012

The Northern Territory (NT) Government's new Homelands policy will see $300 million invested in homelands infrastructure in the NT over the next ten years.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.
 

Lowtija roundtable considers future directions in NT environmental health research

30 July 2012

Australia's national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, the Lowitja Institute, regularly holds roundtables to guide future research.
 

Clean clothes equals happier families in Alpurrurulam

27 July 2012

Minister for Indigenous Health and member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, and Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy, have announced that families in Alpurrurulam, Lake Nash, will soon have access to a community laundry facility.
 

Tennant Creek dog program showing signs of success

25 July 2012

A 70 per cent fall in the number of dog attacks and incidents in the Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek is being attributed to a new control program.
 

Call to cull wild dogs in Kakadu

23 July 2012

The operator of a business in Kakudu National Park says a culling program is needed to tackle the rising number of cross-bred dingoes in the area.
 

Indigenous issues part of the focus of a major meeting of local governments

20 July 2012

Hundreds of council representatives from around Australia recently met to debate issues that impact on the operation of Australia's local governments.
 

Declaration of largest-ever Indigenous Protected Area in Tanami Desert

19 July 2012

Indigenous people from the Tanami Desert in Central Australia recently celebrated after the Federal Government signed off on a conservation area the size of Portugal to be cared for by Indigenous rangers.
 

Handover of Indigenous municipal services delayed in WA

13 July 2012

Plans to give regional shires the task of providing municipal services to Aboriginal communities in Western Australia (WA) have been officially delayed by a year.
 

Queensland Government moves to repeal Wild Rivers laws in Cape York

11 July 2012

The Queensland Government says it has started consulting Indigenous groups over its plans to repeal Wild Rivers declarations on Cape York.
 

Centre for Appropriate Technology supports community drinking water plans

10 July 2012

The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT), a national Indigenous science and technology not-for-profit organisation, and the author of the popular 'bush tech' guides, is currently working to help communities develop and implement drinking water supply management plans.
 

Arabunna communities under climate change threat

3 July 2012

Adelaide University researchers have made dire climate change forecasts for the far north of South Australia.
 

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package invests in infrastructure for Indigenous Australians

16 May 2012

A $3.4 billion package to support infrastructure for Indigenous Australians in urban and remote communities - the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package - has been announced by the Minister for Families, Community Services, and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin.
 

Funding boost for water supply in Maningrida, Lajamanu and Ntaria (NT)

27 April 2012

Three Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT) will receive a $7 million boost in funding for their community water supplies in the next Territory budget.
 

Local councils awarded for their Indigenous initiatives

20 April 2012

Federal Minister for Local Government Simon Crean yesterday (19 April 2012) announced the category winners of the 2012 National Awards for Local Government.
 

States pursue funding to provide basic services in Aboriginal communities

11 April 2012

In an article published this morning (11 April 2012), The Australian newspaper reported that the Federal Government will not guarantee continued funding for rubbish collection, water supply and sewerage in remote Indigenous communities.
 

Winners of 2012 NSW Aboriginal health awards announced

10 April 2012

Individuals, teams and communities in New South Wales (NSW) who have demonstrated excellence in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health outcomes were celebrated at an Awards ceremony late last month.
 

Ten year NT homelands funding will provide water, sewerage, power

5 April 2012

The $221 million funding for outstations and homelands in the Northern Territory (NT) that the federal government announced last week will be used to provide access to power, water and sewerage and road maintenance.
 

Latest Aboriginal environmental health news from WA's Goldfields

4 April 2012

The latest Indigenous environmental health news from Western Australia's Goldfields region was recently featured in the newsletter of the WA Environmental Health Directorate in this article by Robert Mullane: Serving the Goldfields' Communities During February, 3 ½ days was spent travelling to a number of Aboriginal communities and meeting with numerous agencies in the Goldfields to improve the delivery and management of the region's Aboriginal environmental health programs and services.
 

Expansion of EON's 'edible gardens' in remote WA communities

4 April 2012

The EON Thriving communities project has been awarded over $1.6 million under the Royalties for regions action agenda.
 

National Indigenous health award winners announced

3 April 2012

The winners of the 3rd Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards 2012 were announced on 28th March 2012 in Sydney.
 

Feral camels a new income source for SA's remote Aboriginal lands

2 April 2012

About 200 camels have been removed from South Australia's remote Aboriginal lands as part of a feral camel management project.
 

Outback community cleans up and cashes in

29 March 2012

The Northern Territory's only remote drink containers depot is cashing in its first collection this week.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.
 

Healthy housing champion remembered

14 March 2012

The achievements of a respected environmental health practitioner and champion of healthy housing have been remembered in a recent blog post by Healthhabitat, the organisation behind the long-running Housing for health projects.
 

Remote Indigenous housing progress in the NT

13 March 2012

The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has released updates on the progress of the Government's remote Indigenous housing program in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

International Indigenous Housing Portal to be launched in June

23 February 2012

An international online Indigenous housing portal will be launched at the World Indigenous Housing Conference (WIHC) in Canada this June.
 

Water upgrades for Indigenous communities in north WA

21 February 2012

Remote Indigenous communities in the north part of Western Australia (WA) will soon have their essential water services upgraded.
 

Finalists announced, Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards

17 February 2012

The 3rd Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards 2012 finalists have now been announced.
 

Bacteria putting stop to dengue spread north of Cairns

1 February 2012

The ABC has reported that researchers hope most dengue mosquitoes at Machans Beach, north of Cairns in far north Queensland, will be unable to transmit the disease by the end of the wet season.
 

Elder from Crocodile Islands named Senior Australian of the Year

27 January 2012

Aboriginal senior elder Laurie Baymarrwangga has been honoured as the Senior Australian of the Year for preserving the culture and environment of East Arnhem Land.
 

Hygiene warning as Crypto cases double in NT

19 January 2012

Residents of the Northern Territory are being urged to exercise careful hygiene and food safety practices, following a notable rise in the number of cases of the stomach bug Cryptosporidium in recent weeks.
 

Murray Valley encephalitis found in WA chickens

17 January 2012

The WA Health Department says a potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease has been found in East Kimberley chicken flocks.
 

One in ten properties at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory currently have dengue mosquito eggs

13 January 2012

An estimated one in ten properties at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory (NT) have been found to house dengue mosquito eggs.
 

Bag loads of success for Kowanyama clean up day

13 January 2012

The latest edition of the Koori mail (11 January 2012) reports that an Aboriginal Shire Council in Cape York has had great success with its first community 'clean up day'.
 

Time to nominate excellent local governments (Indigenous, rural health, roads and more...)

12 January 2012

Entries are now being sought for a competition that recognises local government achievements in Indigenous community engagement, reconciliation, rural and remote health and improving services to remote communities.
 

Time to nominate for Indigenous health awards

10 January 2012

Submissions are now being sought for the third Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards.
 

Environmental health an issue for WA goldfields homeless

22 December 2011

The ABC has reported that many Indigenous people visiting Kalgoorlie-Boulder over Christmas will find themselves temporarily homeless and suffer from poor environmental health while sleeping rough.
 

Second anniversary of work on Alice Springs town camps

8 December 2011

In a media release today, the Australian Government celebrated the second anniversary of work commencing on the town camps under the $150 million Alice Springs transformation plan.
 

New jobs package for remote NT includes caring for country

15 November 2011

A $19.1 million jobs package for Aboriginal people in remote communities across the Northern Territory (NT) was announced today.
 

Indigenous housing program on track in the NT

15 November 2011

The Australian and Northern Territory Governments have welcomed an Australian National Audit Office report on the National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing in the Northern Territory.  The report finds that a significant number of new and refurbished houses have been built under the program and that this is a positive achievement.
 

Indigenous housing project wins international award

11 November 2011

A program which is giving Indigenous Australians in remote communities access to safe and well functioning housing has won a 2011 World Habitat award.
 

Recognition for NT horticulture and landcare project

11 November 2011

A horticulture project from the Roper Gulf Shire Council has received major recognition, winning the Local Government Landcare Partnership Award at the 2011 Northern Territory (NT) Landcare Awards.
 

Bush excused on rules for water

3 November 2011

Rural townships and remote Indigenous communities have been exempted from new government guidelines to guarantee pure drinking water.
 

New projects reflect importance of environment in Indigenous life

2 November 2011

Indigenous groups around New South Wales (NSW), including seven Local Aboriginal Land Councils, have been among the biggest beneficiaries of a $1.5 million funding boost by the NSW Government to help protect environmentally important country.
 

Forum highlights need for Indigenous engagement in water planning

26 October 2011

Indigenous people play a vital role in managing water resources and must be engaged in water allocation planning to capitalise on future economic development opportunities and to protect environmental and cultural values for generations to come.
 

Traditional owners to manage outback national park

7 October 2011

An agreement has been reached to give Flinders Ranges traditional owners a greater role in running the area's national park in outback South Australia.
 

Green deal landmark for traditional owners

6 October 2011

A Northern Territory cattle station is being turned into a conservation zone to be run by Indigenous traditional owners.
 

Child doctors to enhance health in remote NT

13 September 2011

Aboriginal children as young as eight years old are being trained up as child doctors as part of a project to boost health outcomes in remote communities in Central Australia.
 

Yandeyarra, Western Australia, the first Aboriginal community to sign a housing management agreement with the West Australian Government

20 October 2010

Yandeyarra Aboriginal Community in Western Australia is the first Aboriginal community to sign a housing management agreement with the West Australian Government.
 

Jangga agreement paves way for future

26 July 2010

The Jangga People and three north Queensland regional councils have signed an Indigenous land use agreement (ILUA) that protects Aboriginal cultural heritage and sets out how councils will provide services and develop infrastructure in the agreement area.
 

Media release: Remote Indigenous housing progress

20 July 2010

The Australian Government's reforms for remote Indigenous housing in the states and the Northern Territory (NT) has delivered 316 new houses and 828 refurbishments in remote Indigenous communities across Australia during 2009-10.
 

New report released: The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

28 May 2010

The latest results from national statistical collections on the health and wellbeing of Australia's Indigenous population have been revealed today with the release of The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2010.
 

Mick Gooda to be the new Social Justice Commissioner

16 December 2009

Mr Gooda will be the next Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, replacing Tom Calma who has been in the position since 2004.
 

EON thriving communities program update

The Eon thriving communities program provides practical, hands-on health and hygiene education as well as assisting in the development of community gardens for several remote Indigenous communities in the Kimberley.
 
 
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