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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.

2016

Byleveld PM, Leask SD, Jarvis LA, Wall KJ, Henderson WN, Tickell JE (2016)

Safe drinking water in regional NSW, Australia.

Public Health Research & Practice; 26(2): 1-5

Hall N, Abal E, Albert S, Ali S, Barrington D, Dean A, Head B, Hill P, Hussey K, Jagals P, Muriuki G, Pascoe M, Reid S, Richards R, Robinson J, Ross H, Torero Cullen J, Willis J (2016)

The UN sustainable development goals for water and sanitation: How should Australia respond within and beyond its borders? Discussion paper.

Brisbane: Global Change Institute, University of Queensland

Jaravani FG, Massey PD, Judd J, Allan J, Allan N (2016)

Closing the Gap: the need to consider perceptions about drinking water in rural Aboriginal communities in NSW, Australia.

Public Health Research & Practice; 26(2): 1-5

Melody SM, Bennett E, Clifford HD, Johnston FH, Shepherd CCJ, Alach Z, Lester M, Wood LJ, Franklin P, Zosky GR (2016)

A cross-sectional survey of environmental health in remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.

International Journal of Environmental Health Research; Latest articles(http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09603123.2016.1194384): 1-12

Skov S, Hardie K, Barkly S, Manchikanti P (2016)

Get the lead out! Lead shot shotgun shot and elevated lead levels in children and adults in 3 remote Top End Aboriginal communities.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 23(3): 1-6

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2016)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2016 report.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It is the seventh report in a series commissioned by all Australian governments, designed to measure progress in overcoming the disadvantage faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The report is produced by the Steering Committee, commissioned by the Council of Australia Governments (COAG), in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Steering Committee is advised by a working group made up of representatives from all Australian governments, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The report measures progress in relation to COAG Closing the Gap targets and against 52 indicators. Progress is measured across a range of areas including governance, leadership and culture, early childhood, education, health, home and safe and supportive communities. The report also includes case studies on things that work to improve outcomes.

The information in this report can help inform the design of policies.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2016)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2016: overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report provides an overview of the full report on overcoming Indigenous disadvantage. The report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It is the seventh report in a series commissioned by all Australian governments, designed to measure progress in overcoming the disadvantage faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The report is produced by the Steering Committee, commissioned by the Council of Australia Governments (COAG), in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Steering Committee is advised by a working group made up of representatives from all Australian governments, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The report measures progress in relation to COAG Closing the Gap targets and against 52 indicators. Progress is measured across a range of areas including governance, leadership and culture, early childhood, education, health, home and safe and supportive communities. The report also includes case studies on things that work to improve outcomes.

The information in this report can help inform the design of policies.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

Western Australian Department of Public Health (2016)

Aboriginal environmental health newsletter - Campfire.

Retrieved 2016 from http://www.public.health.wa.gov.au/2/1395/2/aboriginal_health.pm

Campfire is an electronic newsletter produced by the Environmental Health Directorate of Western Australia (WA).

It showcases showcase the achievements and activities of Aboriginal environmental health practitioners and their colleagues in WA. Newsletter topics from previous editions include:

  • water management
  • trachoma education and training 
  • dog health training
  • community programs
  • training opportunities.

The Directorate invites submissions of articles for Campfire via the contacts below.

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Western Australian Regional Services Reform Unit (2016)

Resilient Families, Strong Communities: a roadmap for regional and remote Aboriginal communities.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Regional Services Reform Unit

This report sets out the Western Australia (WA) Government's plan for long-term reform in regional and remote Aboriginal communities, and its priority actions for the next two years. The report is intended to be used by the WA Government, in consultation with other agencies, communities and industry, to bring about improvements to the standard of living for Aboriginal people, initially in the regional and remote communities of the Pilbara and Kimberley.

The report focuses on the three main areas of improving living conditions, supporting families, and providing more opportunities. Ten priority actions are given for the first two year stage of the reform process.

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2015

Banks E, Post V, Ellis J, Batelaan O, Cook P (2015)

Securing water supplies for the remote Aboriginal community of Milingimbi Island, NT.

Clifford HD, Pearson G, Franklin P, Walker R, Zosky GR (2015)

Environmental health challenges in remote Aboriginal Australian communities: clean air, clean water and safe housing.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 15(2): 1-14

Lal A, Fearnley E, Kirk M (2015)

The risk of reported cryptosporidiosis in children aged <5 years in Australia is highest in very remote regions.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 12(9): 11815-11828

Maclean K, The Bana Yarralji Bubu (2015)

Crossing cultural boundaries: integrating Indigenous water knowledge into water governance through co-research in the Queensland Wet Tropics, Australia.

Geoforum; 59(February 2015): 142-152

McMullen C, Eastwood A, Ward J (2015)

Environmental attributable fractions in remote Australia: the potential of a new approach for local public health action.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12425):

Office of the Auditor General Western Australia (2015)

Delivering essential services to remote Aboriginal communities.

Perth: Office of the Auditor General Western Australia

This report provides an assessment of how well the Western Australian (WA) Department of Housing delivers power, water and waste-water repair and maintenance services to selected remote Aboriginal communities through the Remote area essential services program.

It focused on the level and quality of these services provided to eligible remote communities in WA, and how the Department of Housing managed their delivery, and its coordination with other agencies. As part of the audit 27 remote communities were visited.

The scope of the audit did not include the provision of all services to all remote communities or their sustainability.

Abstract adapted from Office of the Auditor General Western Australia

2014

Jackson S, Finn M, Scheepers K (2014)

The use of replacement cost method to assess and manage the impacts of water resource development on Australian Indigenous customary economies.

Journal of Environmental Management; 135: 100-109

Peden A, Queiroga AC (2014)

Drowning deaths in Australian rivers, creeks and streams: a 10 year analysis.

Canberra: Royal Life Saving Society Australia

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It is the sixth report in a series commissioned by all Australian governments, designed to measure progress in overcoming the disadvantage faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have been actively involved in the development and production of the report. The report measures the progress of the six targets set by the Council of Australian Governments Closing the gap strategy, together with other identified significant indicators. The report has three main sections:

  • an overview of the key messages
  • the main report which provides the evidence base for the framework for the report and detailed information on outcomes
  • tables expanding on the data presented in the report.

The information in this report can help inform the design of policies.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

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.

Canberra: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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

Maclean K, Robinson C (2011)

Aboriginal knowledge partnerships for water planning and assessment in the Wet Tropics region.

Canberra: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Ali Curung water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

This factsheet, produced by the Power and Water Corporation Northern Territory (NT), was developed for the community of Ali Curung, NT, and provides information on water supply, water quality, and how to look after it.

The resource covers a number of topics:

  • ground and river water
  • how the water supply is looked after
  • what is water quality
    • microbiological
    • physical and chemical
    • radiological
  • elements and minerals in Ali Curung's water.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Alpurrurulam water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

This factsheet, produced by the Power and Water Corporation Northern Territory (NT), was developed for the community of Alpurrurulam, NT, and provides information on water supply, water quality, and how to look after it.

The resource covers a number of topics:

  • ground and river water
  • how the water supply is looked after
  • what is water quality
  • microbiological
  • physical and chemical
  • radiological
  • elements and minerals in Alpurrurulam's water.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Beswick water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

This factsheet, produced by the Power and Water Corporation Northern Territory (NT), was developed for the community of Beswick, NT, and provides information on water supply, water quality, and how to look after it.

The resource covers a number of topics:

  • ground and river water
  • how the water supply is looked after
  • what is water quality
  • microbiological
  • physical and chemical
  • radiological
  • elements and minerals in Beswick's water.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bulla water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

This factsheet, produced by the Power and Water Corporation Northern Territory (NT), was developed for the community of Bulla, NT, and provides information on water supply, water quality, and how to look after it.

The resource covers a number of topics:

  • ground and river water
  • how the water supply is looked after
  • what is water quality
    • microbiological
    • physical and chemical
    • radiological
  • elements and minerals in Bulla's water.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Kintore water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

This factsheet, produced by the Power and Water Corporation Northern Territory (NT), was developed for the community of Kintore, NT, and provides information on water supply, water quality, and how to look after it.

The resource covers a number of topics:

  • ground and river water
  • how the water supply is looked after
  • what is water quality
  • microbiological
  • physical and chemical
  • radiological
  • elements and minerals in Kintore's water.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Laramba water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

This factsheet, produced by the Power and Water Corporation Northern Territory (NT), was developed for the community of Laramba, NT, and provides information on water supply, water quality, and how to look after it.

The resource covers a number of topics:

  • ground and river water
  • how the water supply is looked after
  • what is water quality
  • microbiological
  • physical and chemical
  • radiological
  • elements and minerals in Laramba's water.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Nyirripi water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

This factsheet, produced by the Power and Water Corporation Northern Territory (NT), was developed for the community of Nyirripi, NT, and provides information on water supply, water quality, and how to look after it.

The resource covers a number of topics:

  • ground and river water
  • how the water supply is looked after
  • what is water quality
  • microbiological
  • physical and chemical
  • radiological
  • elements and minerals in Nyirripi's water.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Willowra water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

This factsheet, produced by the Power and Water Corporation Northern Territory (NT), was developed for the community of Willowra, NT, and provides information on water supply, water quality, and how to look after it.

The resource covers a number of topics:

  • ground and river water
  • how the water supply is looked after
  • what is water quality
  • microbiological
  • physical and chemical
  • radiological
  • elements and minerals in Bulla's water.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Yarralin water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

This factsheet, produced by the Power and Water Corporation Northern Territory (NT), was developed for the community of Yarralin, NT, and provides information on water supply, water quality, and how to look after it.

The resource covers a number of topics:

  • ground and river water
  • how the water supply is looked after
  • what is water quality
  • microbiological
  • physical and chemical
  • radiological
  • elements and minerals in Yarralin's water.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Yuelamu water quality fact sheet (2011)

Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

This factsheet, produced by the Power and Water Corporation Northern Territory (NT), was developed for the community of Yuelamu, NT, and provides information on water supply, water quality, and how to look after it.

The resource covers a number of topics:

  • ground and river water
  • how the water supply is looked after
  • what is water quality
  • microbiological
  • physical and chemical
  • radiological
  • elements and minerals in Yuelamu's water.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2011.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

This report is the fifth in a series of reports on overcoming Indigenous disadvantage as commissioned by the heads of government in 2002. It has been produced in consultation with Indigenous peoples, governments, academics and service providers. The report measures the progress of the six targets set by the Council of Australian Governments Closing the gap strategy, together with other identified significant indicators. The report has three main sections:

  • an overview of the key messages
  • the main report which provides the evidence base for the framework for the report and detailed information on the current outcomes and those interventions and policies that have enhanced those outcomes
  • tables expanding on the data presented in the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

 
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