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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

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This section provides recent references compiled from our bibliographic database about water supply relating to Indigenous environmental health. This information is of particular relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners. References include journal articles, reports, theses and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

2012

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2012)

Evaluation of the community water planner and community water planner field guide: workshop report.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

Jackson S, Tan PL, Mooney C, Hoverman S, White I (2012)

Principles and guidelines for good practice in Indigenous engagement in water planning.

Journal of Hydrology; 474: 57–65

Royal Life Saving Society Australia (2012)

Northern Territory 9 year drowning report: a call for change.

Canberra: Royal Life Saving Society Australia

Western Australian Department of Planning (2012)

Layout plans for Aboriginal settlements in Western Australia.

Retrieved 2012 from http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/668.asp

This Western Australian (WA) Department of Planning website provides PDF copies of layout plans for Aboriginal settlements in WA.

Each layout plan illustrates how land is used in a community. The plans show which areas are classified as:

  • residential
  • community (e.g. health centre)
  • commercial (e.g. art centre)
  • industrial (e.g. fuel depot)
  • recreational (e.g. sporting)
  • rural (e.g. agriculture)
  • open space (e.g. traditional law and culture)
  • drinking water source protection
  • visitor camping
  • waterways
  • road reserves
  • pedestrian access ways
  • public utilities (e.g. drinking water supply, wastewater disposal, rubbish disposal).

Extra maps, images and written reports are available for some communities. Where written reports are available, they include descriptions of a community's essential services including drinking water, wastewater and rubbish disposal.

Digital versions of layout plans can be ordered through the website by special request.

The layout plans are produced by the WA Department of Planning on behalf of the WA Planning Commission in partnership with the WA Department of Housing, as part of the WA Planning for Aboriginal communities program.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Whelan P, Rogers P, Beirne K (2012)

Guidance on use of rainwater tanks in the Northern Territory.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 19(1): 22-24

2011

Barber M, Jackson S (2011)

Water and Indigenous people in the Pilbara, Western Australia: a preliminary study.

: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2011)

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services six monthly report September 2010 - March 2011.

Canberra: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

enHealth Working Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (2011)

8th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference Darwin, NT.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

This conference monograph was produced by the enHealth Working Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (WGATSIEH), and details the proceedings of the 8th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference held in Darwin at the Darwin Convention Centre, 27-30 September 2011.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Fisher S, Elvin R, McFallan S, Memmott P, O'Rourke T, Peter S, Porter R, Stanley O, Sullivan P, Tedmanson D, Young M (2011)

Desert services that work: demand-responsive approaches to desert settlements.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Ali Curung water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Alpurrurulam water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Beswick water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Bulla water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Kintore water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Laramba water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Nyirripi water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Willowra water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Yarralin water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Yuelamu water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

O'Donnell M (2011)

Indigenous rights in water in Northern Australia.

Darwin: North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance

O'Rourke T (2011)

Delivering drinking water to Dajarra, North West Queensland.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

2010

Abrahams J, Henderson R (2010)

Pilot project for community engagement in water conservation at Ali Curung - final report: key findings, recommendations and options.

Darwin: Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Australian National Audit Office (2010)

Indigenous housing initiatives: the Fixing Houses for Better Health program.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

Campbell D, Hunt J (2010)

Community development in central Australia: broadening the benefits from land use agreements.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2010)

National Indigenous infrastructure guide.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding of the issues which arise in the provision of infrastructure for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The main focus of the guide is the installation and maintenance of infrastructure which is appropriate and sustainable for remote Indigenous communities. The importance of community in this process is highlighted in the guide.

The National Indigenous infrastructure guide complements the existing National Indigenous Housing Guide and the Environmental Health Handbooks. The guide provides information on:

  • existing research
  • codes and standards
  • resources
  • community infrastructure

The guide was produced by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2010)

National Indigenous infrastructure guide: stormwater.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 21

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding the issue of stormwater management which arises in the provision of infrastructure for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The main focus of the guide is the installation and maintenance of infrastructure which is appropriate and sustainable for remote Indigenous communities. The importance of community in this process is highlighted in the guide.

The National Indigenous infrastructure guide complements the existing National Indigenous Housing Guide and the Environmental Health Handbooks. The guide provides information on:

  • existing research
  • codes and standards
  • resources
  • community infrastructure

The guide was produced by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2010)

National Indigenous infrastructure guide: wastewater.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 33

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding the issue of waste water management which arises in the provision of infrastructure for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The main focus of the guide is the installation and maintenance of infrastructure which is appropriate and sustainable for remote Indigenous communities. The importance of community in this process is highlighted in the guide.

The National Indigenous infrastructure guide complements the existing National Indigenous Housing Guide and the Environmental Health Handbooks. The guide provides information on:

  • existing research
  • codes and standards
  • resources
  • community infrastructure

The guide was produced by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2010)

National Indigenous infrastructure guide: water.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 33

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding the issue of water management which arises in the provision of infrastructure for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The main focus of the guide is the installation and maintenance of infrastructure which is appropriate and sustainable for remote Indigenous communities. The importance of community in this process is highlighted in the guide.

The National Indigenous infrastructure guide complements the existing National Indigenous Housing Guide and the Environmental Health Handbooks. The guide provides information on:

  • existing research
  • codes and standards
  • resources
  • community infrastructure

The guide was produced by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Chilvers A, Cobham T, Bell S (2010)

Engineering expertise in the case of developing risk assessment for potable water supply to Australia's remote, Indigenous communities.

Paper presented at the 4S Annual Meeting. 25 August 2010, Tokyo

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

Indigenous Expenditure Report Steering Committee (2010)

2010 Indigenous expenditure report.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report provides thorough information on expenditure on both Indigenous specific services and the estimated Indigenous share of mainstream services by the Australian, state and territory governments. The report highlights the difficulties in providing this information and sets out ways that this information can be better collected and analysed by jurisdictions.

The report is arranged around the seven Closing the gap building blocks: early childhood; schooling; health; economic participation; healthy homes; safe communities; and governance and leadership. Total Indigenous expenditure in 2008-09 was estimated to be $21.9 billion or 5.3 per cent of total general government expenditure. Estimated expenditure per head of population was $40,228 for Indigenous Australians, compared with $18,351 for non-Indigenous Australians.

Expenditure on services related to Indigenous Australians is thought to be greater than for non-Indigenous Australians because of differences in levels of disadvantage, more intensive use of services by Indigenous Australians, and the greater cost of providing these services (because of factors such as more Indigenous Australians living in remote areas).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Jackson S, Altman J (2010)

Indigenous rights and water policy: perspectives from tropical northern Australia.

Australian Indigenous Law Review; 13(1): 26-48

McMellon G (2010)

Correlation of potential and actual scale formation from ground water in remote Indigenous communities, NT Australia.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

Morton P, Barlow G, Bailie R (2010)

Waterborne diseases among Aboriginal people.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 21(8): 183-184

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation (2010)

Milingimbi water: Djaka gapuw namathan - care properly for our water.

Darwin: Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Sadgrove NJ (2010)

The influence of Indigenous food procurement techniques on populations of cyanobacteria in pre-European Australia: a potential small-scale water amelioration tool.

EcoHealth; 6(3): 390-403

South Australian Department for Water (2010)

Water for good: a plan to ensure our water future to 2050.

Adelaide: Department for Water, South Australia

Torres Strait Regional Authority (2010)

Torres Strait major infrastructure program [video].

: Torres Strait Regional Authority

The Major infrastructure program delivers important infrastructure to the Torres Strait islands, including clean drinking water supplies, reticulated sewerage systems, and serviced sub-divisions. It is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments and managed jointly by the government funders, the Torres Strait Regional Authority, Islands Coordinating Council and Torres Strait community councils.

The short video provides a snapshot of project outcomes, project governance and major features of the project, suitable for a broad range of audiences.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2009

Altman JC, Arthur WS (2009)

Commercial water and Indigenous Australians: a scoping study of licence allocations.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Australian Human Rights Commission (2009)

Climate change, water and Indigenous knowledge: a community guide to the Native Title Report 2008.

Sydney: Australian Human Rights Commission

Barlow G, Byleveld P, Standen J (2009)

Operation, maintenance and monitoring of water and sewerage in discrete Aboriginal communities in New South Wales.

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

Beard N (2009)

Small water system reliability in remote Indigenous communities in the Kimberley.

Adelaide: Water Quality Research Australia

Elvin R, Hogan E (2009)

Demystifying infrastructure: a national Indigenous infrastructure guide.

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

Grey-Gardner R , Taylor K (2009)

Bridge over troubled water: the community water planner field guide: an information pack for water management in Indigenous communities.

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

Grey-Gardner R (2009)

Community water planner field guide final report.

Alice Springs: The Centre for Appropriate Technology and Water Quality Research Australia

Indigenous Essential Services (2009)

Indigenous communities of the Northern Territory drinking water quality 2009 annual report.

Darwin: Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Indigenous Essential Services (2009)

Indigenous communities of the Northern Territory: sustainable water management annual report 2009.

Darwin: Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Indigenous Essential Services (2009)

Indigenous Essential Services annual report 2009.

Darwin: Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Jackson S, Tan PL, Altman J (2009)

Indigenous Fresh Water Planning Forum: proceedings, outcomes and recommendations.

Canberra: National Water Commission

Jackson S (2009)

National Indigenous water planning forum: background paper on Indigenous participation in water planning and access to water.

Melbourne: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

New South Wales Department of Aboriginal Affairs (2009)

New South Wales Department of Aboriginal Affairs annual report 2008-09.

Sydney: New South Wales Department of Aboriginal Affairs

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2009)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2009.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2009)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2009: overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

United Nations University - Traditional Knowledge Initiative (2009)

Climate change experiences in Northern Australia - health, adaptation, fire management and global relevance.

Paper presented at the International Public Forum on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change - The Tropical Australian Experience. 3 April 2008, Darwin

Weir J (2009)

Murray River Country : an ecological dialogue with traditional owners.

Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press

2008

Dysart A (2008)

Investigation of defluoridation options for rural and remote communities.

Adelaide: Water Quality Research Australia

Grey-Gardner R (2008)

Remote community water management.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Indigenous Essential Services (2008)

Indigenous communities of the Northern Territory: annual drinking water quality report 2008.

Darwin: Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Indigenous Essential Services (2008)

Indigenous communities of the Northern Territory: sustainable water management annual report 2008.

Darwin: Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Indigenous Essential Services (2008)

Indigenous Essential Services annual report 2008.

Darwin: Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Marshall B (2008)

Managing water demand in remote Australian Indigenous communities for improved livelihoods.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

National Water Commission (2008)

National performance framework 2007-08 rural water performance reporting indicators and definitions.

Canberra: Australian Government National Water Commission

New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (2008)

A submission from the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council to the Inquiry into Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage.

Sydney: New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council

New South Wales Parliament Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues (2008)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage in New South Wales.

Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales

Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation (2008)

Nillir Irbanjin (One Mile) issues and environmental health report.

Broome: Shire of Broome

Pearce M, Willis E, McCarthy C, Ryan F, Wadham B (2008)

A response to the National Water initiative from Nepabunna, Yarilena, Scotdesco and Davenport Aboriginal settlements.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Willis E, Pearce M, McCarthy C, Ryan F, Wadham B (2008)

Indigenous responses to water policymaking in Australia.

Development; 51(3): 418-424

 
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