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2014

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

Report on government services 2014: health: volume E.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

2013

Living with dogs in remote communities - how to stay safe and get your job done: an information sheet for community workers (2013)

Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities

This fact sheet, produced by Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities, discusses how to recognise dog behaviours and dangerous situations.

Based on extensive work with dogs in remote communities, the resource also provides advice on ways to deal with aggressive dogs, and reduce the risk of being attacked.

The resource covers content such as

  • understanding the dog's perspective
  • identifying a dogs temperaments through behaviour
  • assertive/dominant behaviour
  • submissive behaviour
  • speaking in dog
  • rules of engagement.

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Institute of Family Studies (2013)

What works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage: key learnings and gaps in the evidence: 2011-12.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report summaries the findings of the Closing The Gap Clearinghouse on the research and evaluation evidence collected for overcoming disadvantage for Indigenous Australians. For this report the Clearinghouse focused on three of the seven Council of Australian Governments building blocks for overcoming disadvantage; early childhood, health and safe communities. It includes information on what works, what does not work and gaps in the evidence.

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New South Wales Ministry of Health (2013)

Year in review: health protection in NSW, 2012.

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

2012

Fordham AM, Schwab J (2012)

Indigenous youth engagement in natural resource management in Australia and North America: a review.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Workplace English Language & Literacy (WELL) resources [hospitality industry] (2012)

William Angliss Institute, Macsmith and Associates

These free printable workbooks are a teaching and learning tool for Indigenous hospitality students.

The workbooks were designed as a resource for a nationally recognised VET hospitality course. They could also be used in other contexts, including as part of Indigenous food safety training in community stores, bistros, take-away food outlets, creches, and meals-on-wheels operations.

The topics covered by the nine workbook sets include:

  • workplace hygiene procedures
  • cleaning kitchen premises and equipment
  • receiving and storing kitchen supplies
  • health, safety and security procedures
  • hospitality industry knowledge.

The student workbooks feature many illustrations, and incorporate text and activities at appropriate language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) levels. The trainer workbooks provide instructions about how to use the activities in the student books.

A general trainers' workbook is also included in the package. It gives general advice and suggestions on supporting Indigenous learners and learners with LLN needs.

The workbooks were funded under the Workplace English language and literacy (WELL) program by the Australian Government through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

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2011

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.

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Henderson R, Abrahams J (2011)

Community water conservation program guide.

Darwin: Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Ngaanyatjarra Council (2011)

Environmental health Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

: Ngaanyatjarra Council

This 14-minute video provides an overview of the environmental health training that Indigenous environmental health officer trainees undertake in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, Central Australia.

The video shows trainees learning about topics such as:

  • hygiene
  • sewerage
  • plumbing
  • pest control
  • animal health
  • housing and community.

The link between environmental health and community health is emphasised, as is the importance of Indigenous environmental health officers acting as leaders in their communities.

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Pitman B (2011)

Building Indigenous healthy housing teams : a case study.

Darwin: Human Services Training Advisory Council

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2011)

The West Australian Indigenous storybook : celebrating and sharing good news stories : the Kimberley and Pilbara edition.

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

The West Australian Indigenous storybook (The storybook) is the first in a series of Indigenous storybooks showcasing the achievements of Indigenous communities and people across Western Australia. The stories are from the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. The stories of programs contained within The storybook cover a range of social, economic, health and environmental health achievements. The intention of each program was to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of Indigenous people.

The storybook shares both the successes and failures of the programs, and it is hoped that this will encourage a change in how Indigenous programs are planned, delivered and disseminated.

The storybook covers a range of programs including:

  • healthy lifestyle initiatives
  • community awareness programs relating to suicide and good parenting
  • local government environmental health and health projects
  • effective partnerships
  • social benefit programs.

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Fact sheet: South Australian Public Health Act 2011 (2011)

South Australian Department of Health

This factsheet explains the changes that have been made to South Australia's public health legislation under the state's new Public Health Act 2011.

The factsheet explains:

  • why the legislation has changed
  • what the differences are between the old and the new legislation
  • how the new legislation protects the public in an emergency
  • how the new legislation changes the powers of health officials
  • how the new legislation affects the general public.

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2010

Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit (2010)

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

Sydney: New South Wales Department of Health

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

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Indigenous environmental health worker (2010)

Careers That Matter

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

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

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

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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).

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enHealth Council (2010)

Using the enHealth environmental health officer skills and knowledge matrix.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

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

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

Abstract adapted from enHealth

Environmental Health Committee (enHealth) (2010)

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

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

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

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Environmental health officer (2010)

Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services

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

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

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

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Queensland Department of Emergency Services (2010)

Indigenous service delivery and recruitment.

Retrieved from http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au/community/indigenous.htm

A web resource providing information on emergency and disaster services to Indigenous communities in Queensland.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2009

Alberts P, Farran T (2009)

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

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

Carmichael S, Burns J (2009)

Building a ‘one stop shop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

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

Clements C, Maarus LB (2009)

Building environmental health through community partnership.

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

Indigenous ranger skills guide (2009)

Department of the Environment Water Heritage and the Arts

This guide is a resource for helping people involved in the skills development and training of Indigenous rangers. The guide enables training coordinators to determine what training is necessary and how and where the training should be delivered. Reference material on further training and training packages is also included in the guide.

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Environmental health worker resource kit (2009)

Human Services Training Advisory Council

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

McEwen A, Smith S (2009)

Review of the Aboriginal environmental health training program.

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

Nagas T, Ptolemy H, Allen B (2009)

Environmental health officer, community engagement training and survey.

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

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

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

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

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

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

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (2009)

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

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia

Public Health Association of Australia, Menzies School of Health Research (2009)

Environmental health and the intervention: discussion forum.

: Public Health Association of Australia

This video presents a forum held in August 2009 to discuss environmental health issues in the Northern Territory, particularly in relation to the 'Intervention' affected communities. The purpose of the forum was to:

  • identify and discuss current environmental health issues;
  • provide a discussion forum for stakeholders;
  • assess the activity as a Menzies-PHAA collaboration; and
  • issue feedback to the PHAA Special Interest Group on environmental health.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Queensland Health (2009)

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

Brisbane: Queensland Health

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Sherratt B (2009)

Making food safety training culturally appropriate.

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

Stoneham M, Daube M, Stafford J (2009)

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

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia

Stoneham M, Daube M (2009)

Future directions for Indigenous environmental health in Western Australia.

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute Western Australia

Windsor K (2009)

enHealth environmental health officer skills and knowledge matrix.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

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

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

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - cyclone preparation & clean up.

: WorkThatMatters

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - dog control.

: WorkThatMatters

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - dust control & tree planting.

: WorkThatMatters

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - environmental health education.

: WorkThatMatters

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - environmental health training.

: WorkThatMatters

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - food handling & safety.

: WorkThatMatters

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - intro.

: WorkThatMatters

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - pest control.

: WorkThatMatters

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - sewage maintenance.

: WorkThatMatters

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - waste disposal.

: WorkThatMatters

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WorkThatMatters (2009)

My job - working together.

: WorkThatMatters

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Yates R (2009)

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

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

2008

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (2008)

Population health resource kit [CD ROM & DVD].

: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council

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

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation, Women's Health Goulburn North East

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

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

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

Abstract adapted from Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council (2008)

A blueprint for action: pathways into the health workforce for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council

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

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

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

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

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

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

 
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