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This section provides recent references compiled from our bibliographic database about waste management of 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.

2013

Australian Medical Association (2013)

AMA submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs: Inquiry into the impacts on health of air quality in Australia.

Barton, ACT: Australian Medical Association

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2013)

Closing the gap in the Northern Territory monitoring report: January to June 2012.

Canberra: Australian Government

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2013)

Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2013.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

This is the fifth annual report outlining progress made towards meeting the targets set for Closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage in the seven key building blocks:

  • early childhood
  • schooling
  • health
  • healthy homes
  • safe communities
  • economic participation
  • governance and leadership.

The report includes new data from the 2011 Census and provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of progress against the targets.

The report highlights 2013 as the year the first target - ensuring all Indigenous four-year olds living in remote communities have access to early childhood education within five years - falls due and claims this target will be met.

The Australian Government's agenda for Closing the gap is driven by the need to:

  • overcome decades of under-investment in services and infrastructure
  • encourage and support personal responsibility for healthy functional families and communities
  • build new understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The report states that continued and sustained effort is needed to close the gap, but that the expected achievement of the early childhood education target in 2013 will support a commitment to ensuring that benefits flow through to the other Closing the gap targets to further address Indigenous disadvantage.

As with previous reports, it is acknowledged that the approach to Closing the Gap is a partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, the private sector and non-government organisations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Johnston L, Doyle J, Morgan B, Atkinson-Briggs S, Firebrace B, Marika M, Reilly R, Cargo M, Riley T, Rowley K (2013)

A review of programs that targeted environmental determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 10(8): 3518-3542

Pholeros P, Lea T, Rainow S, Sowerbutts T, Torzillo PJ (2013)

Improving the state of health hardware in Australian Indigenous housing: building more houses is not the only answer.

International Journal of Circumpolar Health; 72: 21181

Retrieved 5 August 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ijch.v72i0.21181

Pleshetet N, Elvin R (2013)

Orbiting in place: a West Kimberley case study of Indigenous Sector employment and service delivery.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2013)

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

3rd ed. Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia's third edition of the WA Indigenous storybook has compiled a collection of positive stories that celebrate the achievements of Indigenous people in the Midwest and Pilbara regions of Western Australia (WA). The 13 diverse stories in the third edition highlight and address issues affecting Indigenous people and communities across the two regions and discuss topics about leadership, environmental health, community gardens and employment, the importance of language and personal journeys.

Abstract adapted from the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

Ross KE, O'Donahoo FJ, Garrard TA, Taylor MJ (2013)

Simple solutions to Strongyloides stercoralis infection.

BMJ; 2013: f6294

Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6294

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2013)

Report on government services 2013.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2013)

Report on government services 2013: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This publication draws on the Report on government services 2013 to present data specific to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. It reports on the delivery of mainstream services to Indigenous people including services for:

  • childcare, education and training
  • justice
  • emergency management
  • health
  • community services
  • housing and homelessness.

Performance reporting focuses on the degree to which the objective for a service is met. The report details the objective (outcomes) for each service stated and the performance indicators measuring the achievement of each objective.

Improvements in reporting by Indigenous status has allowed for detailed reporting for Indigenous children enrolled and attending preschool and elapsed times for aged care services to Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WaterAid (2013)

Everyone, everywhere: a vision for water, sanitation and hygiene post-2015.

London: WaterAid

2012

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2012)

Community Grants Scheme project 8763: Bayulu and Muludja waste management plans: final report.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

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

2011

A Prince Consulting, Davies Consulting Services (2011)

The rubbish report: waste management in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (The APY Lands): past, present and future.

Sydney: A Prince Consulting

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

Henshaw RJ (2011)

Broken glass as an injury hazard in the Indigenous community of Cherbourg.

Master of Health thesis, University of Southern Queensland:

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.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2010

Australian National Audit Office (2010)

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

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

Cairns Regional Council (2010)

Cairns Regional Council waste management strategy 2010-2015 background report 3 - policy & legislation.

Cairns: Cairns Regional Council

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: waste.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 36

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding the issue of waste 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

Environment Protection and Heritage Council (2010)

National Waste Report 2010.

Adelaide: Environment Protection and Heritage Council

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

Morton P, Barlow G, Bailie R (2010)

Waterborne diseases among Aboriginal people.

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

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

Western Australia Waste Authority (2010)

Waste strategy for Western Australia - draft II.

Perth, WA: Western Australia Waste Authority

2009

Adamson T, Prince A, Davies T (2009)

Waste management on APY lands.

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

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

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

Indigenous Essential Services (2009)

Indigenous Essential Services annual report 2009.

Darwin: Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Klessa B, Blow C (2009)

Dealing with asbestos – Bagot Indigenous community clinic.

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

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

Waste Authority (2009)

East Kimberley Car Body Recycling - final project evaluation report.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

Waste Authority (2009)

Gumala Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - final project evaluation report.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

2008

Indigenous Essential Services (2008)

Indigenous Essential Services annual report 2008.

Darwin: Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Local Government Advisory Board (2008)

Report on the inquiry into local government service delivery to Indigenous communities.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Local Government

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

Torzillo PJ, Pholeros P, Rainow S, Barker G, Sowerbutts T, Short T, Irvine A (2008)

The state of health hardware in Aboriginal communities in rural and remote Australia.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 32(1): 7-11

 
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