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Aboriginal People Travelling Well



This study aims to assess the impact of the lack of access to safe and reliable transport in Aboriginal communities as a factor in the acceptance of high-risk behaviours. The study received a road safety grant for 2005-2006 from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.


Department of Infrastructure
Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
GPO Box 594
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: 1800 621 372
Fax: (02) 6274 7608

Related publications

Helps Y, Moodie D, Warman G (2010)

Aboriginal people travelling well: community report.

Melbourne: The Lowitja Institute

Helps YLM, Moller J, Kowanko I, Harrison JE, O’Donnell K, de Crespigny C (2008)

Aboriginal people travelling well: issues of safety, transport and health.

Canberra: Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

The aim of this research was to identify the transport needs of Aboriginal people in South Australia for the provision of a safe and sufficient transport supply. The study themes and approach were informed by a series of forums held during 2005 and 2006. A key result of the forums was the identification of twelve safety and sufficiency of transport issues.

The findings of this project are based on research in a small number of Aboriginal communities, supplemented by information from literature, consultations and forums. Several broad themes were identified which led to the development of 18 recommendations. The authors consider whether the findings of this study can be generalised more widely. They conclude that while a number of common themes that arose may be expected to occur in many, if not all communities, the travelling needs of each community should be considered carefully when planning services.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Helps Y (2008)

Travelling well: driver licensing, social capital and Aboriginal health in South Australia.

Paper presented at the Population Health Congress 2008. 6-9 July 2008, Brisbane

Kickbusch I (2008)

Healthy societies: addressing 21st century health challenges.

Adelaide: Thinkers in Residence, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia

Helps Y, Moller J (2007)

Aboriginal People Travelling Well literature review: driver licensing issues, seat restraint non-compliance, Aboriginal health, Aboriginal disability.

Adelaide: Research Centre for Injury Studies, Flinders University

Helps Y (2006)

SA transport safety project targets Aboriginal communities.

Injury Issues Monitor; 35: 1,3

Helps Y, O'Donnell K (2005)

Aboriginal people travelling well: a participatory action research work in progress [powerpoint presentation].

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