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This section provides details of key references relevant to Indigenous environmental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners.

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2011

enHealth Working Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (2011)

8th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference Darwin, NT.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

This conference monograph was produced by the enHealth Working Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (WGATSIEH), and details the proceedings of the 8th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference held in Darwin at the Darwin Convention Centre, 27-30 September 2011.

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2010

Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit (2010)

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

Sydney: New South Wales Department of Health

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

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Centre for Appropriate Technology (2010)

National Indigenous infrastructure guide.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding of the issues which arise in the provision of infrastructure for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The main focus of the guide is the installation and maintenance of infrastructure which is appropriate and sustainable for remote Indigenous communities. The importance of community in this process is highlighted in the guide.

The National Indigenous infrastructure guide complements the existing National Indigenous Housing Guide and the Environmental Health Handbooks. The guide provides information on:

  • existing research
  • codes and standards
  • resources
  • community infrastructure

The guide was produced by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

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enHealth (2010)

Environmental health practitioner manual: a resource manual for environmental health practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Canberra: Department of Health, Australia

This manual is a field reference for environmental health practitioners working with Indigenous communities in remote areas. It is the second version of the 1991 Environmental Health for Aboriginal Communities manual. It includes information on:

  • germ theory and parasites
  • sewage system management
  • healthy people, homes and dogs
  • rubbish storage, collection and disposal and environmental management
  • pest control
  • water supply
  • environmental health program management and community education

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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.

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2009

enHealth Working Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (2009)

7th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference Kalgoorlie, WA.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

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 7th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference held in Kalgoorlie in May 2011.

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2008

Calma T (2008)

The importance of environmental health in improving the life expectancy of Indigenous people [speech].

Brisbane: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

This is a transcript of a speech delivered by Paul Endres on behalf of Commissioner Tom Calma at the International Federation of Environmental Health World Congress, Brisbane, 13 May 2008. It describes the importance of environmental health in improving the life expectancy of Indigenous peoples.

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2007

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2007)

Housing and infrastructure in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Australia, 2006.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This report presents the results from the third Community Housing and Infrastructure Needs Survey (CHINS), held in 2006. The publication includes information relating to housing, such as current housing stock, dwelling management practices and some information about Indigenous organisations that provide housing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The report also provides information about housing related infrastructure such as water, electricity, sewerage, drainage, and rubbish collection and disposal, as well as other facilities such as transport, communication, education, sport and health services, available in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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EnHealth Council (2007)

Report of the 6th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference, Cairns, Queensland, 2007.

Canberra: 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 6th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference held at the Cairns Convention Centre in May 2007.

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2004

Wayte K, Bailie R, Gray N, Henderson G (2004)

Framework for research on Aboriginal health and the physical environment: final report.

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

This is the final report of a Lowitja Institute research project about Indigenous health and the physical environment. The report includes a literature review summarising research in each area of the physical environment, such as housing, waste disposal, dog health, dust and food supply. The report finds that many of the interventions reported in the literature are not based on either good evidence or good knowledge of Indigenous peoples' perceptions and needs. This points to the importance of setting firm evidence-based research priorities, and further investigating Indigenous peoples' perceptions and needs in order to develop health strategies and actions.

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2003

Stephenson PM (2003)

Environmental health planning and action: a handbook for Indigenous practitioners.

Sydney: University of Western Sydney and Batchelor Press

This handbook was produced for community based Indigenous environmental health practitioners, stressing the importance of planning for action when dealing with major environmental health issues.

The handbook includes illustrations, case studies, worksheets and forms to help practitioners in their work. It can also be used as a training manual.

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2002

Urbis Keys Young (2002)

Accountability in Indigenous environmental health services - Australia 2002: Indigenous environmental health mapping project.

Canberra: EnHealth Council, Department of Health and Ageing

The Department of Health and Ageing commissioned this report on behalf of the enHealth Council in 2002. The report provides a systematic account, or 'map', of the roles and responsibilities of key agencies or organisations involved in providing, managing or funding Indigenous environmental health services (at the time the report was written). In particular, the research was concerned with drinking water, housing, sewerage, waste management, pest control and food.

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1987

Nganampa Health Council Inc, South Australian Health Commission, Aboriginal Health Organisation of SA (1987)

Report of the Uwankara Palyanyku Kanyintjaku: an environmental and public health review within the Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands.

Adelaide: South Australian Health Commission, Aboriginal Health Organisation

In 1987, the Nganampa Health Council published an environmental health report called the 'UPK Report'. The report reached the conclusion that nine healthy living practices are necessary for improved health in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands. Between 1987 and 1990 UPK became regarded nationally as a yardstick for environmental intervention in Indigenous communities.

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Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (nd)

Introduction to engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: an environmental health resource [DVD].

: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

This DVD, developed by enHealth, showcases many of the issues that need to be considered when planning environmental health activities in Indigenous communities.

The resource is based on the Environmental health practitioner manual, a resource manual for Environmental Health Practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The DVD is available from the head office of each jurisdiction's environmental health department, and Environmental Health Practitioners are strongly encouraged to view this DVD.

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