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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin Alcohol and other drugs knowledge centre Yarning Places

Indigenous homelessness and crowding - two Mt Isa studies



This event involves two presentations:

Crowding in Aboriginal households in Mt Isa, Kelly Greenop, Lecturer, School of Architecture

This presentation outlines a case study in Mt Isa that uses an alternative measure of crowding to the one used by the Australian government. The study, part of a larger AHURI study on Indigenous crowding in non-metropolitan centres, defined and measured crowding as self-reported stress caused by high numbers in a household. Cultural and structural factors that influence high household numbers in many Mt Isa Aboriginal houses, and coping mechanisms utilised to moderate stress are also discussed.

Kelly Greenop is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Architecture's Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC). Her PhD, about to be submitted, is on place attachment, identity and sense of sovereignty of an Indigenous community.

Response to Indigenous homelessness in Mt Isa, Dr Daphne Nash, Research Fellow, AERC, School of Architecture and Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)

This presentation gives an example of a good practice response to Indigenous homelessness in Mt Isa, the Jimaylya Topsy Harry Centre (JTHC). In the context of high levels of homelessness and alcohol abuse within the Indigenous Australian community, JTHC integrates a managed drinking environment with a range of support services, particularly in education, employment and housing. This presentation offers an overview of the Centre, its programs, successes and challenges, and highlight s the gaps in services for homeless Indigenous people in remote north-western Queensland.

As a Research Fellow at the AERC, Daphne Nash is involved in land management and social policy projects. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Cross-cultural Research.

This event will be held at the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus. It will be held in General Purpose North 3, Building 39A.


Institute for Social Science Research
University of Queensland
Room 403A, Level 4, General Purpose North 3 (Building 39A)
Campbell Road
St Lucia Qld 4072
Ph: (07) 3346 7471
Fax: (07) 3346 7646


Last updated: 11 October 2012
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