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This section provides recent references compiled from our bibliographic database about housing and community 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.

2014

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (2014)

What impact does a child’s housing have on their development and wellbeing?.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Homelessness among Indigenous Australians.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Housing assistance for Indigenous Australians.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Housing assistance in Australia 2014.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Housing circumstances of Indigenous households: tenure and overcrowding.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Housing outcomes for groups vulnerable to homelessness: 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2013.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bailie RS, Stevens M, McDonald EL (2014)

Impact of housing improvement and the socio-physical environment on the mental health of children's carers: a cohort study in Australian Aboriginal communities.

BMC Public Health; 14: 472

Retrieved 19 May 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-472

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2014)

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory: six-monthly progress report 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Habibis D, Phillips R, Phibbs P, Verdouw J (2014)

Progressing tenancy management reform on remote Indigenous communities.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Heath JR (2014)

Social, infectious and environmental determinants of blindness in adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australian populations [letter].

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; Accepted Article(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ceo.12432):

Hunter B, Howlett M, Gray M (2014)

The economic impact of the mining boom on Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Indigenous Business Australia (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander home ownership: Submission to Affordable Housing Inquiry.

Canberra: Indigenous Business Australia

McDonald EL, Bailie RS, Morris PS (2014)

Participatory systems approach to health improvement in Australian Aboriginal children.

Health Promotion International; Advance Access(http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dau003):

Spurling GKP, Askew DA, Schluter PJ, Simpson F, Hayman N (2014)

Household number associated with middle ear disease at an urban Indigenous health service: a cross-sectional study.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 20(3): 285-290

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

Report on government services 2014: housing and homelessness: volume G.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

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

Report on government services 2014: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

The Indigenous compendium is a compilation of data for Indigenous people. The 2014 report highlights key information about the provision of mainstream services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The report contains information on the following:

  • public hospital procedures reported by Indigenous status
  • Australian government public and community health expenditure on Indigenous primary healthcare services
  • school education
  • child protection services
  • vocational educations and training
  • police services
  • corrective services
  • mental health management
  • aged care services
  • disability services
  • youth justice services
  • housing
  • homelessness services.

This 12th edition of the compendium reflects several improvements in reporting by Indigenous status, including Indigenous students' science literacy outcomes and separations from selected hospital procedures for Indigenous people.

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2013

Askew DA, Schluter PJ, Spurling GKP, Bond CJR, Brown ADH (2013)

Urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's exposure to stressful events: a cross-sectional study.

Medical Journal of Australia; 199(1): 42-45

Housing Indigenous Australia: behaviours that put tenancies at risk (2013)

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

This resource sheet is one of a series produced by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) as part of the activities of the Indigenous Housing and Homeless Policy, Practice and Research Network.

The fact sheet includes information on:

  • Indigenous housing context
  • tenancy risking behaviours
  • what can be done
  • Indigenous Housing and Homelessness Policy, Practice and Research Network.

Other information sheets include:

  • community land trusts
  • homelessness
  • insecure tenancies
  • mining towns
  • overcrowding.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (2013)

How can Community Land Trusts provide accessible and stable tenure options for Indigenous Australians?.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Housing assistance in Australia 2013.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

National social housing survey: detailed results 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Biddle N (2013)

CAEPR Indigenous population project 2011 census papers: residential segregation: income and housing dimensions.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Bushlight (2013)

Demand management community education program.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

Bushlight (2013)

Safe and smart power program: demand management community education program.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

This report from Bushlight, Centre for Appropriate Technology on the Demand management community education program is designed for the communities that participated in the program and local community and land councils.

The Demand management community education program aimed to:

  • research how electrical power is used by Indigenous households in remote communities in South Australia
  • deliver community education about power safety and power-saving to these communities.

This report is a shorter version of the report delivered to the government, and includes information on the posters and booklets Bushlight used and their findings from the program. It is hoped that the report will act as an aid for people in communities to make decisions about how they use power, and will assist the government in making decisions about how they supply power into the future.

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COAG Reform Council (2013)

Homelessness 2011-12: comparing performance across Australia.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

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

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory: six-monthly progress report 1 July 2012 to 30 December 2012.

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

Dockery AM, Ong R, Colquhoun S, Li J, Kendall G (2013)

Housing and children's development and wellbeing: evidence from Australian data.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Footprints in Time (2013)

Footprints in Time: the longitudinal study of Indigenous children: report from Wave 4.

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

This report is the fourth in a series of reports produced for each wave of the data collection from a longitudinal study following the development of a group of Indigenous children and examining the factors contributing to their individual and collective outcomes.

Beginning in 2008, the study aims to provide quantitative and qualitative data that can be used to improve the understanding of, and policy response to, the diverse circumstances faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities.

The range of topics covered in this report includes:

  • learning and school
  • nutrition and exercise
  • health conditions
  • emotional development
  • family life
  • culture and community
  • socioeconomic disadvantage and children's outcomes
  • breastfeeding
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • housing conditions
  • body mass index of children.

Wave 4 features new questions about children's educational and recreational activities and the use of computers and the internet.

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Gough N, Oates S, Grillet S, Pholeros P (2013)

Infectious disease management for Aboriginal children of Far West NSW.

NSW Public Health Bulletin; 24(2): 95

Habibis D, Memmott P, Phillips R, Go-Sam C, Keys C, Moran M (2013)

Housing conditionality, Indigenous lifeworlds and policy outcomes: towards a model for culturally responsive housing provision.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Habibis D, Phillips R, Verdouw J (2013)

Background paper for investigative panel meeting on new and emerging models of tenancy management in remote Indigenous communities.

Hobart: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Horne R, Martel A, Arcari P, Foster D, McCormack A (2013)

Living change: adaptive housing responses to climate change in the town camps of Alice Springs: final report.

Melbourne: Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

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

KPMG Australia (2013)

Evaluation of the Thriving Communities program in six Kimberley communities: final report.

Perth, WA: EON Foundation

The Evaluation of the Thriving Communities program in six Kimberley communities: final report aims to provide an assessment of the process and outcomes of the four EON Foundation programs ran in the communities of Djarindjin/Lombadian, Ardyaloon, Beagle Bay, Yungngora, Looma and Kadjina. The report aims to demonstrate the benefits of the program to the EON board and future funders, and reflect on lessons learnt.

The Thriving Communities program consists of four components that are designed to reduce the risk of chronic disease:

  • EON Edible gardens
  • EON Healthy eating
  • EON Training and education
  • EON Healthy homes.

The findings of the evaluation conclude that whilst program outcomes are hard to measure, a community development approach that values long term engagement is the method most likely to be effective in tackling chronic disease.

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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

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

Terrill L (2013)

What price to pay? Home ownership on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 8(9): 12-16

Ware V-A (2013)

Housing strategies that improve Indigenous health outcomes.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This resource was produced as part of a collection of resource sheets for the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, a database of evidence on what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage.

This resource sheet examines the links between housing quality and health outcomes, the mechanisms by which housing influences health outcomes, and a range of practices that can improve the condition of Indigenous housing. It reviews what works, what doesn't, and what further research is needed.

Housing strategies that improve Indigenous health outcomes includes information on:

  • what we know and don't know about housing and health
  • what works and doesn't work
  • current policy context
  • scope of the review and nature of evidence base
  • how housing impacts on health outcomes
    • variations in the impacts of housing on Indigenous health
    • health impacts of poor design, construction and maintenance
    • pyscho-social impacts of housing on health
    • economic mechanisms and health impacts
  • types of housing interventions that impact upon health, and principles for their effective implementation
    • policy environment
    • funding models
    • design and delivery of appropriate housing
    • cultural appropriateness
    • infrastructure improvements
    • housing maintenance
    • housing-related health promotion programs.

The Closing the Gap Clearinghouse has also published a resource sheet on housing construction and maintenance. This resource sheet is intended to complement it by examining how the quality of housing impacts on health outcomes, and by taking a broader view of housing including its location and social environment. It is recommended that the two resource sheets be read alongside one another.

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WaterAid (2013)

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

London: WaterAid

Zaretzky K, Flatau P (2013)

The cost of homelessness and the net benefit of homelessness programs: a national study.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

2012

Aboriginal Housing Management Association (2012)

Indigenous housing gateway.

Retrieved 2012 from http://www.indigenoushousing.org/About

This website is a 'gateway' to resources about Indigenous housing in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America (USA).

The main objective of this website is to offer a way for Indigenous housing workers around the world to improve their job skills through resource-sharing and dialogue. The website may also be useful to people working as government officials, housing providers, housing leaders, housing suppliers, and environmental health workers.

The types of resources about Indigenous housing that the website provides free online access to include:

  • research documents
  • toolkits
  • multimedia content
  • news.

The website allows users to search for resources by these topics:

  • health and housing
  • emergency management
  • partnerships
  • capacity building.

The website was launched at the World Indigenous Housing Conference (WIHC) in British Columbia, Canada, in mid-2012. It is managed by Canada's Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) in partnership with the First Nations Technology Council (FNTC) and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).

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Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (2012)

Building new housing in remote Indigenous communities.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Housing Indigenous Australia: Community land trusts (2012)

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

This resource sheet is one of a series produced by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) as part of the activities of the Indigenous Housing and Homeless Policy, Practice and Research Network.

The fact sheet includes information on:

  • what community land trusts are
  • what we know about community land trusts
  • what can be done about community land trusts
  • Indigenous Housing and Homelessness Policy, Practice and Research Network.

Other information sheets include:

  • behaviors that put tenancies at risk
  • homelessness
  • insecure tenancies
  • mining towns
  • overcrowding.

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Housing Indigenous Australia: Homelessness (2012)

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

This resource sheet is one of a series produced by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) as part of the activities of the Indigenous Housing and Homeless Policy, Practice and Research Network.

The fact sheet includes information on:

  • what is homelessness
  • what do we know about homelessness
  • what can be done about homelessness
  • Indigenous Housing and Homelessness Policy, Practice and Research Network.

Other information sheets include:

  • behaviours that put tenancies at risk
  • community land trusts
  • overcrowding
  • insecure tenancies
  • mining towns.

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Housing Indigenous Australia: Insecure tenancies (2012)

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

This resource sheet is one of a series produced by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) as part of the activities of the Indigenous Housing and Homeless Policy, Practice and Research Network.

The fact sheet includes information on:

  • what insecure tenancies are
  • what we know about insecure tenancies
  • what can be done about insecure tenancies
  • Indigenous Housing and Homelessness Policy, Practice and Research Network

Other information sheets include:

  • behaviours that put tenancies at risk
  • community land trusts
  • homelessness
  • overcrowding
  • mining towns.

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Housing Indigenous Australia: Mining towns (2012)

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

This resource sheet is one of a series produced by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) as part of the activities of the Indigenous Housing and Homeless Policy, Practice and Research Network.

The fact sheet includes information on:

  • the impact of the mining boom on housing for Indigenous people
  • the current housing situation in Karratha in the Pilbara region of north-west Western Australia
  • the Indigenous Housing and Homelessness Policy, Practice and Research Network.

Other information sheets include:

  • behaviours that put tenancies at risk
  • community land trusts
  • homelessness
  • insecure tenancies
  • overcrowding.

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Housing Indigenous Australia: Overcrowding (2012)

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

This resource sheet is one of a series produced by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) as part of the activities of the Indigenous Housing and Homeless Policy, Practice and Research Network.

The fact sheet includes information on:

  • what overcrowding is
  • what we know about overcrowding
  • what can be done about overcrowding
  • Indigenous Housing and Homelessness Policy, Practice and Research Network.

Other information sheets include:

  • behaviours that put tenancies at risk
  • community land trusts
  • homelessness
  • insecure tenancies
  • mining towns.

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australia's health 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australians for Native Title Reconciliation (2012)

ANTaR prebudget submission: 2012-13.

Dulwich Hill, NSW: Australians for Native Title Reconciliation

This report prepared by Australians for Native Title Reconciliation (ANTaR) outlines their key expenditure recommendations for the 2012-13 federal budget. The 31 recommendations relate to:

  • resetting relationships and respecting rights
  • creating safe and sustainable Northern Territory communities
  • education, early childhood and language
  • protecting rights to land and resources
  • time to reduce imprisonment: a new approach to crime prevention that makes social and economic sense
  • supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic development
  • investing in community controlled health services to close the gap and create jobs
  • sorry is the first step: reparations for the Stolen generations.

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Bailie RS, Stevens M, McDonald EL (2012)

The impact of housing improvement and socio-environmental factors on common childhood illnesses: a cohort study in Indigenous Australian communities.

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health; 66(9): 821-831

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2012)

What works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage: key learnings and gaps in the evidence: 2010-11.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This paper provides the key findings for what works, what does not work, implications for programs and projects and gaps in evidence for the following Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage building blocks:

  • Early childhood
  • Healthy homes
  • Governance and leadership.

The Closing the Gap Clearinghouse was established by COAG to collect, analyses and synthesis evidence based research on overcoming disadvantage for Indigenous Australians.

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Commonwealth Ombudsman (2012)

Remote housing reforms in the Northern Territory.

Canberra: Commonwealth Ombudsman

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2012)

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services report number five: October 2011 to March 2012.

Canberra: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

This is the fifth report delivered in accordance with the Coordinator-General for remote Indigenous services act 2009 relating to the National partnership agreement on remote service delivery, covering the period October 2011 to March 2012. The report focuses on:

  • delivery of the 12 national agreement outputs for remote delivery services
  • progress with accounting for the identified gaps in key services and infrastructure determined from baseline mapping through local implementation plans
  • community indicators which look at the availability of services, investment and outcomes at a community level.

The report concludes with a brief look at key jurisdictional issues for a number of state and territories.

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Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2012)

Closing the gap in the Northern Territory monitoring report : July to December 2011.

Canberra: Australian Government

Fien J, Charlesworth E (2012)

‘Why isn't it solved?': Factors affecting improvements in housing outcomes in remote Indigenous communities in Australia.

Habitat International; 36(1): 20-25

Footprints in Time (2012)

Footprints in Time: the longitudinal study of Indigenous children: key summary report from Wave 3.

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

Limerick M, Morris R, Sutton M (2012)

Local government service delivery to remote Indigenous communities: review of service delivery models and approaches in various jurisdictions.

Sydney: Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government

Macklin J (2012)

Continuing our efforts to close the gap: Ministerial statements 2012-13.

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

Memmott P, Birdsall-Jones C, Greenop K (2012)

Australian Indigenous house crowding.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Pholeros P, Phibbs P (2012)

Constructing and maintaining houses.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This factsheet provides information on the construction and maintenance of Indigenous housing, in particular, best practice approaches to construction and maintenance. The key message is investment in housing should enhance how a house functions for its residents.
The issues addressed in this factsheet include:

  • remoteness
  • climate
  • local environmental conditions (e.g., mineral content, vermin)
  • social and cultural factors
  • crowding
  • tenure
  • household incomes.

Best practice approaches draw on the information provided in the National Indigenous housing guide produced by the Australian Government's Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the Housing for health program developed by Healthabitat.

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Spurling GKP, Askew DA, Schluter PJ, Simpson F, Hayman NE (2012)

Conventionally accepted risk factors do not explain higher rates of middle ear disease in remote Indigenous children: an ecological study [letter].

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(5): 491-492

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2012)

Report on government services 2012.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2012)

Report on government services 2012: attachment tables.

Retrieved 31 January 2012 from http://www.pc.gov.au/gsp/rogs/2012

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2012)

Report on government services 2012: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report draws on the Report on government services 2012 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:

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

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

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Stevens M, Bailie RS (2012)

Gambling, housing conditions, community contexts and child health in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, Australia.

BMC Public Health; 12: 377

Retrieved 25 May 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/12/377/abstract

Taylor M, Edwards B (2012)

The influence of unstable housing on children's wellbeing and development: evidence from a national longitudinal study.

Canberra: Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse

Tong SYC, van Hal SJ, Einsiedel L, Currie BJ, Turnidge JD (2012)

Impact of ethnicity and socio-economic status on staphylococcus aureus bacteremia incidence and mortality: a heavy burden in Indigenous Australians.

BMC Infectious Disease; 12: 249

Retrieved 9 October 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/12/249

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.

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2011

Amnesty International (2011)

'The land holds us:' Aboriginal peoples' right to traditional homelands in the Northern Territory : report digest.

Sydney: Amnesty International Australia

Amnesty International (2011)

'The land holds us:' Aboriginal peoples' right to traditional homelands in the Northern Territory [full report].

Sydney: Amnesty International Australia

Andersen M, Williamson A, Fernando P, Redman S, Vincent F (2011)

Talking housing and health in Western Sydney.

Paper presented at the Coalition for Research to Improve Aboriginal Health. 5-6 May 2011, Sydney

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing: a focus on children and youth, Apr 2011.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Human Rights Commission (2011)

Social justice report 2011.

Canberra: Australian Human Rights Commission

This publication presents the second social justice report by Mick Gooda, the current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. It reports on the developments in the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the 2010/2011 period. The theme of the report is lateral violence and its relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and how human rights frameworks can address this issue. Mick Gooda's review focuses on developments relating to the:

  • National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
  • Indigenous Human Rights Network Australia
  • Northern Territory Emergency Response
  • Australian Government's engagement framework
  • recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution
  • situation in Alice Springs
  • Close the Gap campaign
  • marking of 20 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
  • Indigenous Economic Development Strategy.

Recommendations are outlined in the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Community housing 2009–10.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Health and the environment: a compilation of evidence.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Housing and homelessness services: access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on housing and homelessness circumstances for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It provides an overview of the housing problems Indigenous people face (including the standard of housing infrastructure) and the housing services that are available to assist them. In addition, an outline of homelessness is presented together with the services that Indigenous people can access.

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Housing assistance in Australia 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

State owned and managed Indigenous housing 2009–10.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian National Audit Office (2011)

Implementation of the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing in the Northern Territory.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

This report stems from the Australian Senate's request of the Auditor General to investigate the management of the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) in the Northern Territory. The audit focused on the:

  • program management arrangements
  • role of the Australian Government in relation to the management arrangements
  • progress of the National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing (NPARIH) in the Northern Territory

The report provides key findings for each focus area and key recommendations for future management, delivery and public reporting of the NPARIH in the Northern Territory.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bailie R (2011)

An evaluation of Indigenous housing programmes [radio interview podcast].

: Territory FM

Bailie R (2011)

The housing improvement and child health study – informing further development of community housing programs.

Biddle N (2011)

Community infrastructure: lecture 9.

Paper presented at the Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse, CAEPR Lecture series. 29 April 2011, Canberra

Biddle N (2011)

Housing and households: lecture 8.

Paper presented at the Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse, CAEPR Lecture series. 29 April 2011, Canberra

COAG Reform Council (2011)

COAG reform agenda: report on progress 2011.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

This report presents the progress of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reform agenda which aims to improve the wellbeing of all Australians including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It reports on the six institutional features (e.g., fair and sustainable financial arrangements) of the Intergovernmental agreement on federal financial relations (IGA) and if they are being realised in practice, the progress of key reform commitments and finally performance indicators for the goals set for the COAG reform agenda including Closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

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Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2011)

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services six monthly report April 2011 - September 2011.

Canberra: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

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

Coppa K, Wurrulnga E, Kopczynski A (2011)

Milingimbi healthy homes & skin week.

Paper presented at the Australian Health Promotion Association 20th National Conference. 11 April 2011, Cairns, Qld

Davidson J, Memmott P, Go-Sam C, Grant E (2011)

Remote Indigenous housing procurement: a comparative study.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Closing the gap in the Northern Territory monitoring report : January to June 2011.

Canberra: Australian Government

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2011.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Australia

The third annual report outlines the progress that has been made towards meeting the targets set to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The most positive change has been in the area of child mortality where the gap has significantly narrowed in recent years.

The report provides information on the seven key building blocks identified by the Government as addressing specific areas of Indigenous disadvantage, including:

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

The Government has committed to investing $5.75 billion over three years to make long-term improvements in each of these building block areas. The report acknowledges the interrelated nature of the Closing the gap targets, and outlines how each of the seven key building blocks works individually and together to make progress towards the targets.

The report also acknowledges how progress can only be made through a partnership approach with Indigenous individuals and communities, and the large role that the corporate and community sectors have to play in closing the gap. The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australian's are cited as key instances of how this partnership approach has been implemented.

The report recognises that previous methods of data collection were inadequate to measure progress made; to improve the evidence base the Government has committed $46.4 million over four years from 2009-10. Finally the report concludes that there is still much work to be done to address Indigenous disadvantage, but hopefully through following the targets set 'closing the gap' will be a realisable achievement within the next generation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Footprints in Time: the longitudinal study of Indigenous children: key summary report from Wave 2.

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

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Indigenous Remote Service Delivery Special Account: 2010 - 2011 report.

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

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Northern Territory Emergency Response evaluation report 2011.

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

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Stronger futures in the Northern Territory: report on consultations.

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

This report summarises the consultations which took place with Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory (NT) between June and August 2011. The aim of the consultations was to hear what Aboriginal people thought about the government's role in tackling the levels of disadvantage experienced, and what needed to be done to help build a stronger future for Aboriginal people living in the NT. The themes that emerged from the consultations included:

  • addressing school attendance
  • jobs
  • reducing alcohol-related harm
  • improving housing
  • taking more responsibility for their lives and communities
  • more effective and reliable services from all levels of government
  • more consultation with government
  • the implementation of the Northern Territory Emergency Response
  • the wish for a stronger future for young people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Stronger futures in the Northern Territory: discussion paper June 2011.

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

Education and Health Standing Committee (2011)

Alcohol restrictions in the Kimberley: a 'window of opportunity' for improved health, education, housing and employment.

Perth, WA: Parliament of Western Australia

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, Rola-Rubzen MF (2011)

More than a drop in the ocean: how can good examples of remote services be replicated?.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge CRC

Habibis D, Birdsall-Jones C, Dunbar T, Scrimgeour M, Taylor E, Nethercote M (2011)

Improving housing responses to Indigenous patterns of temporary mobility.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Habibis D, Birdsall-Jones C, Dunbar T, Scrimgeour M, Taylor E (2011)

Improving housing service responses to Indigenous temporary mobility.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Harris M (2011)

Opinion: NTER evaluation 2011.

Melbourne: Concerned Australians

Henshaw RJ (2011)

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

Master of Health thesis, University of Southern Queensland:

Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources (2011)

Indigenous resistance Down-Under: Gurindji fight the Intervention - two part video report.

: Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources

Laurie V (2011)

Home improvement: Indigenous housing.

The Monthly; (June 2011):

Mallett S, Bentley R, Baker E, Mason K, Keys D, Kolar V, Krnjacki L (2011)

Precarious housing and health inequalities: what are the links?.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria

Mallett S, Bentley R, Baker E, Mason K, Keys D, Kolar V, Krnjacki L (2011)

Precarious housing and health inequalities: what are the links? Summary report.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria

McDonald EL (2011)

Closing the gap and Indigenous housing.

Medical Journal of Australia; 195(11/12): 652-653

McFallan S, Stanley O, Fisher S (2011)

Modelling the complex system of service provision: the housing/health interface.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Memmott P, Birdsall-Jones C, Go-Sam C, Greenop K, Corunna V (2011)

Modelling crowding in Aboriginal Australia.

Brisbane: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Milligan V, Phillips R, Easthope H, Liu E, Memmott P (2011)

Urban social housing for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders: respecting culture and adapting services.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

This publication reports on research undertaken in the area of urban social housing for Indigenous people across Australia. The aim of the research was to recognise how the delivery of social housing services could be enhanced in culturally appropriate ways to meet Indigenous housing needs and to contribute to closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. The report includes the key findings from the research and the future direction needed for policy and practice in the social housing service delivery sector for urban Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Newslines Radio (2011)

Newslines Radio: healthy homes.

: indigenous.gov.au

Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services (2011)

Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report #4 December 2010 to May 2011.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services

O'Brien D (2011)

Home to own: potential for Indigenous housing by Indigenous people.

Australian Aboriginal Studies; 2011(1): 65-80

Peter S, Ayora J (2011)

Self-build: alternative housing procurement in remote Indigenous communities.

Alice Springs, NT: Centre for Appropriate Technology

This report details the findings from a study investigating the contextual and motivational factors for self-build housing as another approach to providing housing for small remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The outcomes of the study can assist organisations and Government agencies as they tackle the issue of affordable housing for communities. A number of case studies are presented in the report which investigated the personal, physical and institutional factors that impacted on the decision to self-build. Recommendations for consideration are provided in the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Pholeros P (2011)

Avoiding evidence: housing, overcrowding and health.

Pholeros P (2011)

Healthabitat: improving health through housing repair.

Architecture Bulletin; (September/October 2011): 10-11

Productivity Commission (2011)

Report on government services 2011.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Queensland Department of Communities (2011)

Annual highlights report for Queensland's discrete Indigenous communities: July 2010 – June 2011: incorporating the quarterly report on key indicators in Queensland's discrete Indigenous communities for April - June 2011.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

Queensland Government (2011)

Mid-year update on key indicators for Queensland's discrete Indigenous communities: incorporating the October – December 2010 quarter.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

Russell L (2011)

Commonwealth Indigenous budget bulletin.

Canberra: Macroeconomics

Sanders W (2011)

Indigenous Australians and home ownership.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Saxena P (2011)

“A house is a house...family is everything” Housing histories and housing preferences of Aboriginal Australians living in urban areas of Brisbane.

Professional Doctorate thesis, The University of Queensland: Brisbane

Stacey C, Fardin J (2011)

Housing on native title lands: responses to the housing amendments of the Native Title Act.

Land, rights, laws: issues of native title; 4(6)

Retrieved from http://aiatsis.gov.au/ntru/documents/IPHousing.pdf

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

Australian Government expenditure by state and territory, 2010 Indigenous expenditure report supplement.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report is a supplement to the first Indigenous expenditure report (http://www.pc.gov.au/ier/publications/ier-2010) which was released in February 2011 and provides information on estimated expenditure for Indigenous specific services and the estimated share of mainstream services of relevance to the Indigenous population. Expenditure is provided for Australian, state and territory governments. The seven Closing the gap building blocks provide the framework for the report. The aim of this report is to contribute to better policy making and improved outcomes for Indigenous Australians. The focus is 'on the ground' services relating to education, justice, health, housing, community services, employment and other vital services.

The initial report was unable to provide Australian Government direct expenditure allocated to individual states and territories which this supplement provides.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

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

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2011 overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

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

Report on government services 2011: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Thompson S, Phibbs P (2011)

The health impacts of housing: toward a policy-relevant research agenda.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

VicHealth (2011)

Aboriginal health in Victoria - research summary.

Melbourne: VicHealth

Viswanathan R, Franklin E, Phillips J (2011)

A better way: building healthy, safe and sustainable communities in the Northern Territory through a community development approach.

Sydney: Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR)

2010

Aboriginal Affairs NSW (2010)

Aboriginal Affairs NSW achievements report 2009/10.

Sydney: Department of Human Services NSW

Aboriginal Affairs NSW (2010)

Two ways together report on indicators 2009.

Sydney: Aboriginal Affairs NSW

Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit (2010)

Closing the Gap: 10 Years of Housing for Health in NSW: an evaluation of a healthy housing intervention.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey, 2008: Table 10. Indigenous persons aged 15 years and over, by age groups by sex [data cube].

Retrieved from http://abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/SUBSCRIBER.NSF/log?openagent&4714.0_aust_010_2008.xls&4714.0&Data%20Cubes&6959208EE47E867DCA25770B0016F56D&0&2008&21.04.2010&Previous

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Oct 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

The information included in this report is taken from a variety of sources. This report highlights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait people make up 2.5% of the Australian population and is young compared to the rest of the population. The key findings include:

  • The estimated resident population in 2006 was 517,000 people.
  • The median age for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was 21.0 years compared to 37.0 years for the non-Indigenous population.
  • 68% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reside in rural and remote locations and 32% reside in urban locations.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a lower life expectancy than non-Indigenous Australians. From 2005-2007 the gap was 11.5 years for males and 9.7 years for females.
  • Life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males at birth is estimated to be 67.2 years and for females is 72.9 years.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language and culture is strong.
  • Socio-economic outcomes continute to improve; 22% completed year twelve in 2008.
  • More people completed non-school qualifications; 40% of people aged 25-64 years in 2008, compared to 32% in 2002.
  • The unemployment rate fell from 23% in 2002 to 17% in 2008, but remains five times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous unemployment which was 5% in 2008.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation (2010)

Health impact assessment of the Northern Territory emergency response.

Canberra: Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

A profile of social housing in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Australia's health 2010: the twelfth biennial report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2010 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the twelfth edition of its biennial national health report. The report shows that Australia is one of the healthiest nations in the world, with most Australians generally have good health and access to a range of good health care services, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to have much poorer health than the general population.

Health information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is included in various sections of the report but particularly in chapter 5.1 which compiles information about demographic profiles, health status, disability rates and service use. The section highlights that Indigenous Australians are continuing to die at much younger ages than non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australians also continue to have a greater disease burden, higher rates of disability and a lower quality of life than other Australians. The section concludes with information on behaviours and health risk factors that shape the health status of Indigenous peoples such as tobacco use, alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, and housing conditions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Indigenous community housing 2008-09.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

State owned and managed Indigenous housing 2008-09.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian National Audit Office (2010)

Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

Australian National Audit Office (2010)

Home Ownership on Indigenous Land program.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

Australian National Audit Office (2010)

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

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

Bailie R, Stevens M, McDonald E, Brewster D, Guthridge S (2010)

Exploring cross-sectional associations between common childhood illness, housing and social conditions in remote Australian Aboriginal communities.

BMC Public Health; 10: 147

Retrieved 20 March 2010 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-147.pdf

Bailie RS, McDonald EL, Stevens M, Guthridge S, Brewster DR (2010)

Evaluation of an Australian Indigenous housing programme: community level impact on crowding, infrastructure function and hygiene.

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health; 65(5): 432-437

Birdsall-Jones C, Corunna V, Turner N, Smart G, Shaw W (2010)

Indigenous homelessness [bulletin].

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Campbell D, Hunt J (2010)

Community development in central Australia: broadening the benefits from land use agreements.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

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: energy.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 38

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding the issue of energy 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: 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: telecommunications.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 34

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

Closing The Gap: Tackling Indigenous Chronic Disease (2010)

Indigenous chronic disease package: monitoring and evaluation framework.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

COAG Reform Council (2010)

National Affordable Housing Agreement: baseline performance report for 2008-09.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2010)

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services six monthly report December 2009 – August 2010.

Canberra: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2010)

Overview of national partnerships in relation to the national Indigenous reform agenda.

Canberra: Australian Government

Council of Australian Governments meeting 19 and 20 April 2010, Canberra: COAG communiqué (2010)

Council of Australian Governments

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 29th meeting in Canberra on 19-20 April 2010.

The predominant focus of the meeting was the establishment of a National Health and Hospitals Network. Within this discussion, COAG noted the progress made on Indigenous health issues since the 2008 National Healthcare Agreement and noted that the health reforms agreed at today's meeting aim to contribute to the improvement of health outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

The Working Group on Indigenous Reforms provided a progress status report addressing the recommendations of the 4 December 2009 report of the Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services.

COAG restated its commitment to actively consider the needs of the 29 priority communities under the National Partnership on Remote Service Delivery and to continue monitoring progress of this National Partnership.

COAG also agreed to amend National Partnership on Remote Service Delivery to acknowledge the role of local government or other municipal service providers in ensuring the effective delivery of the Partnership in each priority community.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Davidson J, Go-Sam C, Memmott P (2010)

Remote Indigenous housing procurement and post-occupancy outcomes: a comparative study.

Brisbane: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Indigenous home ownership issues paper.

Canberra: Australian Government

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Portfolio Budget Statements 2010-11: Families, Housing, Community Services and indigenous Affairs Portfolio.

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

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Two feet on the ground – standing proud: findings from Wave 2 of Footprints in Time.

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

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Remote Indigenous housing program municipal and essential services guidelines 2009-2012.

Canberra: Australian Government

Dockery AM, Kendall G, Li J, Mahendran A, Ong R, Strazdins L (2010)

Housing and children's development and wellbeing: a scoping study.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

This study included a review of existing international literature in the area of child ecology, and assessment of the viability of pursuing empirical research within an Australian context. The four main areas addressed in the research question included: the influential factors of particular aspects of housing; implications of future policy and programs; existing Australian databases; and suitable approaches to methodology and analysis.

The research utilised the conceptual framework of Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological theory which identified the importance of early identification and intervention in childhood development and wellbeing, in particular the links between aspects of housing on later childhood achievements. The housing aspects studied included physical, environmental, social and economic characteristics.

The findings of this study identified a clear need for further research to be conducted in Australia, and highlighted the existing evidence gaps for this area. It acknowledged areas of policy concern including the high proportion of homeless children in Australia, the recognition that Indigenous Australian children experience significantly worse housing variables than non-Indigenous Australian children, and the prevalence of housing stress in Australia, particularly among households with children.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Donald O, Canty-Waldron J (2010)

Strategic Indigenous Housing Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) post review assessment (PRA).

Canberra: Strategic Indigenous Housing Infrastructure Program

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

Gardiner‐Garden J, Simon‐Davies J (2010)

Commonwealth Indigenous-specific expenditure 1968-2010.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Habibis D, Birdsall-Jones C, Dunbar T, Gabriel M, Scrimgeour M, Taylor E (2010)

Improving housing responses to Indigenous patterns of mobility.

Adelaide, SA: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Southern Research Centre

Holt DC, McCarthy JS, Carapetis JR (2010)

Parasitic diseases of remote Indigenous communities in Australia.

International Journal for Parasitology; 40(10): 1119–1126

Housing NSW (2010)

Housing NSW commitment to improving service delivery to Aboriginal people.

Sydney: Department of Human Services, NSW

Hughes H, Hughes M, Hudson S (2010)

Private housing on Indigenous lands.

St Leonards, NSW: Centre for Independent Studies

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

Kerins S (2010)

The future of homelands/outstations.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Living Black (2010)

House hunting [online video].

: Special Broadcasting Service

This is an excerpt from SBS' Indigenous program Living black and presents a critical view of the partnership between the Northern Territory and Australian Government in the Strategic Indigenous housing and infrastructure program (SIHIP). Under SIHIP, land councils are asked to sign 99-year leases with the government that allow for easier home ownership in Indigenous communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Macklin J (2010)

Closing the Gap - building momentum.

Canberra: Government of Australia, Budget 2010-11

McDonald E, Bailie R, Grace J, Brewster D (2010)

An ecological approach to health promotion in remote Australian Aboriginal communities.

Health Promotion International; 25(1): 42-53

McDonald E, Bailie R (2010)

Hygiene improvement: essential to improving child health in remote Aboriginal communities.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 46(9): 491-496

Milligan V, Phillips R, Easthope H, Memmott P (2010)

Service directions and issues in social housing for Indigenous households in urban and regional areas.

Brisbane: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Morton P, Barlow G, Bailie R (2010)

Waterborne diseases among Aboriginal people.

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

O'Mara P (2010)

Health impacts of the Northern Territory intervention: after the intervention — editorial.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 546-548

Partnerships Queensland (2010)

Annual highlights report for Queensland's discrete Indigenous communities: July 2009 – June 2010: incorporating the quarterly report on key indicators in Queensland's discrete Indigenous communities: April - June 2010.

Brisbane: Partnerships Queensland

Pholeros P (2010)

Indigenous housing: myths and realities.

: ABC Radio National

Healthabitat is a national housing program aimed at improving health in Indigenous communities through better living environments, particularly improved housing. This is done through a range of works, from urgent repairs, through to research and development that can contribute to longer term change. The work commenced in central Australia in 1985 and has developed into a national program since 1999. All programs involve local communities and employ as many local Aboriginal people as possible. The programs are funded mainly by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Prout S, Yap M (2010)

Indigenous temporary mobilities and service delivery in regional service centres: a West Kimberley case study.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Through the use of both qualitative and quantitative data this report examines the impact of temporary Indigenous population mobility on the provision of effective service delivery in regional service centres. It gives consideration to the mobility networks of Indigenous people and focuses on the West Kimberley as a case study to explore this population dynamic. It describes the nature of the population movement unique to this area and offers suggestions for policy makers and service providers to apply what is known for developing services to better meet the population characteristics of this area.

The report is structured into three main areas, the first describes local and historical aspects of the economy and demography in the area. The second focuses on the case study which uses administrative education data from primary schools and local narratives including interviews with services deliverers to examine the incidence, duration and direction of the population. The final area evaluates existing service delivery and offers considerations for best practice to engage with highly mobile populations. It identifies wider data collection implications for service delivery and resource allocation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Queensland Government (2010)

Quarterly report on key indicators in Queensland's discrete Indigenous communities: January-March 2010.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

Queensland Government (2010)

Queensland Closing the Gap Report: 2008/09: indicators and initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Brisbane: Queensland Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Queensland Health Division of the Chief Health Officer (2010)

Health protection strategic directions 2010–2013.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

Queensland Housing and Homelessness Services (2010)

Home ownership on Indigenous communal lands discussion paper.

Brisbane: Housing and Homelessness Services, Queensland

Russell L (2010)

Commonwealth Indigenous budget bulletin.

Canberra: Macroeconomics

Sanders W (2010)

Working Future: a critique of policy by numbers.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities (2010)

Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities: final report 2010.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities (2010)

Select committee on regional and remote Indigenous communities: fourth report 2010.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

Standen J (2010)

Closing the gap: using evidence-based environmental interventions to improve health.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2010)

Report on government services 2010: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

The SEARCH Investigators (2010)

The study of environment on Aboriginal resilience and child health (SEARCH): study protocol.

BMC Public Health; (10): 287

Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-287.pdf

Torres Strait Regional Authority (2010)

Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area regional plan 2009 - 2029.

Thursday Island, Queensland: Torres Strait Regional Authority

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

2009

Green D, Jackson S, Morrison J, eds. (2009)

Risks from climate change to Indigenous communities in the tropical north of Australia: a scoping study for the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change.

Canberra: Department of Climate Change

Alzheimer's Australia (2009)

“Flying saucer” camp fire guard.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Dementia News; July 2009(6): 1

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander home ownership: a snapshot, 2006.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This snapshot provides information about rates of home ownership and housing characteristics for Indigenous and other Australian people in the states and territories and in remote areas. It includes comparisons of tenure type, family composition and housing choices. Associations are outlined between housing tenure and educational attainment, labour force status, income, health and well-being.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey, 2008.

Retrieved 11 April 2011 from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4714.0?OpenDocument

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Indigenous housing indicators 2007–08.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Indigenous housing indicators 2007-08 provides data on Indigenous community housing, state owned and managed Indigenous housing and on Indigenous access to mainstream housing programs. The information was collected from several sources to report against nationally agreed indicators, including:

  • tenure type
  • affordability of housing
  • rents collected and charged
  • dwelling condition
  • connection to services
  • overcrowding
  • recurrent and capital expenditure on Indigenous housing, and
  • homelessness.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Indigenous housing needs 2009: a multi-measure needs model.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

State owned and managed Indigenous housing 2007-08: commonwealth state housing agreement national data report.

Canberra:

This report was generated by the Housing Assistance Unit of the AIHW with data provided by all states and territories. It provides information about individuals applying for and obtaining state owned and managed Indigenous housing assistance, and the dwellings managed by the state government agencies under the scheme. A number of performance indicators, for example, affordability, location, special needs and customer satisfaction are included in the report.

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Cooper D (2009)

From ‘Close The Gap' to the Rudd Government's ‘closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage': what gap are we closing?.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2009)

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services six monthly report July-November 2009.

Canberra: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2009)

Finding our feet : first findings from Footprints in Time.

Canberra: Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2009)

Footprints in time: the longitudinal study of Indigenous children - key summary report from Wave 1.

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

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2009)

Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program - review of programme performance.

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

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

Elvin R (2009)

Who has the keys to the shed?.

Our Place; (35): 10-11

Eringa K, Spring F, West M, Anda M, Memmott P, Long S (2009)

The capacity of Indigenous Community Housing Organisations.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Flatau P, Coleman A, Memmott P, Baulderstone J, Slatter M (2009)

Sustaining at-risk Indigenous tenancies: a review of Australian policy responses.

Melbourne, Vic: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Green D, Alexander L, Mclnnes K, Church J, Nicholls N, White N (2009)

An assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation for the Torres Strait Islands, Australia.

Climatic Change; 102(3-4): 405-433

Green D, Jackson S, Morrison J (2009)

Risks from climate change to Indigenous communities in the tropical north of Australia.

Canberra: Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Healthhabitat (2009)

Fixing Houses for Better Health (FHBH) (stages 5 to 8) 2006-2009: National FHBH program summary.

Newport Beach, NSW: Healthhabitat environmental health & design

Healthhabitat (2009)

Research and development full summary.

Newport Beach, NSW: Healthhabitat environmental health & design

Indigenous Essential Services (2009)

Indigenous Essential Services annual report 2009.

Darwin: Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Mayne D, Standen J (2009)

Evaluating the NSW Housing for Health program.

Sydney: Aboriginal Environmental Health, Environmental Health Branch, NSW Department of Health

McDonald E, Bailie R, Grace J, Brewster D (2009)

A case study of physical and social barriers to hygiene and child growth in remote Australian Aboriginal communities.

BMC Public Health; 9: 346

Retrieved 18 September 2009 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-9-346.pdf

Memmott P, Moran M, Birdsall-Jones C, Fantin S, Kreutz A, Godwin J, Burgess A, Thomson L, Sheppard L (2009)

Indigenous home-ownership on communal title lands.

Melbourne, Vic: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Queensland Research Centre

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

Nicholson A, Behrendt L, Vivian A, Watson N, Harris M (2009)

Will they be heard? A response to the NTER Consultations June to August 2009.

Sydney: Research Unit, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning

Northern Territory Government (2009)

Our home, our homeland: community engagement report.

Darwin: Northern Territory Government

Porter R (2009)

From community housing to public housing in Northern Territory remote Aboriginal communities: the policy context.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Porter R (2009)

Towards a hybrid model of public housing in Northern Territory remote Aboriginal communities?.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities (2009)

Select committee on regional and remote Indigenous communities: second report 2009.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

Shanks H (2009)

Roebourne report - issues, current responses and strategies for consideration.

South Hedland, WA: Department of Indigenous Affairs, WA

Standen J, Behnoosh K, Smith W (2009)

Housing and health: what's the connection? Health benefits from an Aboriginal housing program in NSW.

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

Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2009)

Report on Government services 2009: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Indigenous data from the Report of Government services 2009 are compiled in this compendium to provide a focus on the purchase and supply of services. In this edition, government services are divided into the following categories: early childhood, education and training, justice, emergency management, health, community services and housing. For each category a framework of performance indicators highlights the level of objectives attained regarding the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of services. The interpretation of the data enable comparisons of Commonwealth and State Government services, including intra-government services.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Torres Strait Regional Authority (2009)

Torres Strait development plan 2009-2013.

Thursday Island, Queensland: Torres Strait Regional Authority

Western Australian Department of Housing, Western Australian Equal Opportunity Commission (2009)

Aboriginal housing joint statement: housing inquiry update.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Equal Opportunity Commission

2008

Aboriginal Affairs NSW (2008)

Two Ways Together report on indicators 2007.

Sydney: Aboriginal Affairs NSW

Altman J, Kerins S, Fogarty B, Webb K (2008)

Why the Northern Territory Government needs to support outstations/homelands in the Aboriginal, Northern Territory and national interest: submission to the Northern Territory Government outstation policy discussion paper.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Architecture Australia (2008)

Indigenous housing.

Canberra: Architecture Media

Architecture Australia has dedicated an issue of their journal to highlight many of the issues presented at the 2007 conference; 'Which way? directions in Indigenous housing' and to also introduce their readers to some of the issues, ideas and work in the field of Indigenous housing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Architecture Australia (2008)

Indigenous housing: culture and delivery.

Canberra: Architecture Media

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (2008)

Home ownership and Indigenous Australians.

Melbourne: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2008.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This major report presents a broad national picture of the health and welfare of the Indigenous population and explores the disparities in health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Topics covered include:

  • the demographic, social and economic context
  • education and health
  • housing circumstances
  • disability and ageing
  • mothers and children
  • health status
  • health risk factors
  • mortality
  • health services - provision, access and use
  • community services
  • Torres Strait Islander people

The findings of the report demonstrate that the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples remains poor compared with the rest of the Australian population and they experience many disadvantages. Changes over time in the health and welfare outcomes for Indigenous people have been described where possible. Life expectancy among Indigenous men and women remains approximately 17 years less than among their non-Indigenous counterparts, but some health improvements have been noted. Declines were identified in Indigenous mortality rates in Western Australia and in infant mortality rates in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. There have also been improvements in some of the social determinants of health, particularly in education, employment and home ownership.

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Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2008)

Review of the impact of housing and health-related infrastructure on Indigenous health.

Retrieved from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/determinants/physical-environment/reviews/our-review

Australian Institute of Architects (2008)

Indigenous housing policy.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Architects

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Australia's health 2008: the eleventh biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2008 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the eleventh edition of its biennial national health report. The report shows that Australia is one of the healthiest nations in the world, with most Australians generally have good health and access to a range of good health care services, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to have much poorer health than the general population.

Section 3.2 of the report compiles health information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Information about the demographic profile, health status, disability rates, and service use is provided. The section highlights that despite improvements in Indigenous death rates, the overall gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous rates appears to be widening with Indigenous Australians continuing to die at much younger ages. Indigenous Australians also continue to have a greater disease burden, higher rates of disability and a lower quality of life than other Australians. The section concludes with information on behaviours and health risk factors that shape the health status of Indigenous peoples such as tobacco use, alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, and housing conditions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Community housing 2006-07 - commonwealth state housing agreement national data report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Housing assistance in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Indigenous housing: the building blocks for change.

Access; (25): 10-13

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

State owned and managed Indigenous housing 2006-07: commonwealth state housing agreement national data report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Who receives priority housing and how long do they stay?.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Baker M, Das D, Venugopal K, Howden-Chapman P (2008)

Tuberculosis associated with household crowding in a developed country.

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health; 62(8): 715-721

Biddle N (2008)

The scale and composition of Indigenous housing need, 2001–06.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Birdsall-Jones C, Corunna V (2008)

The housing careers of Indigenous urban households.

Canberra: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Birdsall-Jones C, Corunna V (2008)

Understanding the housing careers and aspirations of urban Indigenous households.

AHURI Research and Policy Bulletin; (98): 1-4

Blacktown Aboriginal Safety Promotion Program (2008)

Blacktown Aboriginal Safety Promotion Program: engaging and strengthening the Blacktown Aboriginal community through injury prevention and safety promotion.

intouch; 25(3): 7-8

Campbell D, Smith MS, Daview J, Kuipers P, Wakerman J, McGregor MJ (2008)

Responding to health impacts of climate change in the Australian desert.

Rural and Remote Health; 8: 1008

Retrieved 8 August 2008 from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1008.pdf

Central Land Council (2008)

Central Land Council submission to NT Government: outstation policy discussion paper.

Alice Springs: Central Land Council

Central Land Council (2008)

Reviewing the Northern Territory Emergency Response: perspectives from six communities.

Alice Springs: Central Land Council

Department of Indigenous Affairs (2008)

WA State Government response to the Hope report.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

Eringa K, Spring F, Anda M, Memmott P, Long S, West M (2008)

Scoping the capacity of Indigenous community housing organisations.

Perth: AHURI Western Australia Research Centre

Fien J, Charlesworth E, Lee G, Morris D, Baker D, Grice T (2008)

A new design framework for remote Indigenous housing.

AHURI Research and Policy Bulletin; (101): 1-4

Fien J, Charlesworth E, Lee G, Morris D, Baker D, Grice T (2008)

Towards a design framework for remote Indigenous housing.

Sydney: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Holmes C, McRae-Williams E (2008)

An investigation into the influx of Indigenous ‘visitors' to Darwin's Long Grass from remote NT communities – Phase 2.

Hobart: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

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

McDonald E, Bailie R, Brewster D, Morris P (2008)

Are hygiene and public health interventions likely to improve outcomes for Australian Aboriginal children living in remote communities? A systematic review of the literature.

BMC Public Health; 8: 153

Retrieved 8 May 2008 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/8/153

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

Newman P, Marinova D, Armstrong R, Marley J, McGrath N, Spring F (2008)

Desert settlement typology: preliminary literature.

Alice Springs, NT: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Ngangganawili Aboriginal Health Service (2008)

Ngangganawili Aboriginal Health Service: 2008-2013 strategic plan.

Wiluna, WA: Ngangganawili Aboriginal Health Service

Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation (2008)

Nillir Irbanjin (One Mile) issues and environmental health report.

Broome: Shire of Broome

Pedersen F (2008)

Remotely sustainable.

Master of Architecture thesis, RMIT University: Melbourne

Sanders W (2008)

Equality and difference arguments in Australian Indigenous affairs: examples from income support and housing.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

This paper discusses the complex, ongoing dialogue between two approaches to Indigenous affairs; one approach stresses equality before the law and equality in socioeconomic outcomes. The other approach follows more a 'difference' point of view, promoting the use of Indigenous specific legal or policy instruments. Using a historical framework focusing on income support and housing over the last 40 years, the dynamic nature of these arguments is outlined, suggesting that Indigenous affairs would benefit from more consideration of 'difference' arguments and better analysis of 'equality' arguments.

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Sanders W (2008)

Indigenous housing tenure in remote areas: directions and constraints.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Sanders challenges the view that issues of land title have the greatest impact on home ownership in remote Aboriginal communities. In this report he states that land title is a lesser constraint to the economic status of the communities and provides data to support his argument. It is proposed that there are great variations between remote housing and housing in more densely settled areas in Australia and that these differences have not been given adequate acknowledgement by those tackling the issue.

Sanders' research in the remote Anmatjere region in the Northern Territory offers first hand experiences of the many constraints and challenges faced by Indigenous communities. The author acknowledges some progress has been made, though there is still much to be done.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Seemann K, Parnell M, McFallan S, Tucker S (2008)

Housing for livelihoods: the lifecycle of housing and infrastructure through a whole-of-system approach in remote Aboriginal settlements.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2008)

Report on Government services 2008: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This compendium was produced by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP) as a part of its Report on Government Services, an annual review of the performance government services provided in each jurisdiction.

The compendium, which contains all Indigenous data reported in the main report, includes information about: the Indigenous health workforce; selected health indicators; use of public hospitals; use of Indigenous community healthcare services; and health management issues.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Western Australia Department of Housing (2008)

Audit of Aboriginal housing vital to better management and policy.

Retrieved 10 December 2008 from http://www.housing.wa.gov.au/index_2129.asp

Yu P, Duncan ME, Gray B (2008)

Northern Territory Emergency Response: report of the NTER Review Board.

Canberra: Northern Territory Emergency Response Review

The report of the Northern Territory Emergency Response Review Board provides an independent assessment of the progress of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER). From early July until late August 2008 the Board travelled throughout the Northern Territory for community and other consultations, visiting 31 Aboriginal communities and speaking with representatives of 56 communities. The report outlines the key results of the consultations on each component of the intervention, and considers the main areas for improvement.

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