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

Report on government services 2014: health: volume E.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission


Living with dogs in remote communities - how to stay safe and get your job done: an information sheet for community workers (2013)

Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities

This fact sheet, produced by Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities, discusses how to recognise dog behaviours and dangerous situations.

Based on extensive work with dogs in remote communities, the resource also provides advice on ways to deal with aggressive dogs, and reduce the risk of being attacked.

The resource covers content such as

  • understanding the dog's perspective
  • identifying a dogs temperaments through behaviour
  • assertive/dominant behaviour
  • submissive behaviour
  • speaking in dog
  • rules of engagement.

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Institute of Family Studies (2013)

What works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage: key learnings and gaps in the evidence: 2011-12.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report summaries the findings of the Closing The Gap Clearinghouse on the research and evaluation evidence collected for overcoming disadvantage for Indigenous Australians. For this report the Clearinghouse focused on three of the seven Council of Australian Governments building blocks for overcoming disadvantage; early childhood, health and safe communities. It includes information on what works, what does not work and gaps in the evidence.

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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


Fordham AM, Schwab J (2012)

Indigenous youth engagement in natural resource management in Australia and North America: a review.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Workplace English Language & Literacy (WELL) resources [hospitality industry] (2012)

William Angliss Institute, Macsmith and Associates

These free printable workbooks are a teaching and learning tool for Indigenous hospitality students.

The workbooks were designed as a resource for a nationally recognised VET hospitality course. They could also be used in other contexts, including as part of Indigenous food safety training in community stores, bistros, take-away food outlets, creches, and meals-on-wheels operations.

The topics covered by the nine workbook sets include:

  • workplace hygiene procedures
  • cleaning kitchen premises and equipment
  • receiving and storing kitchen supplies
  • health, safety and security procedures
  • hospitality industry knowledge.

The student workbooks feature many illustrations, and incorporate text and activities at appropriate language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) levels. The trainer workbooks provide instructions about how to use the activities in the student books.

A general trainers' workbook is also included in the package. It gives general advice and suggestions on supporting Indigenous learners and learners with LLN needs.

The workbooks were funded under the Workplace English language and literacy (WELL) program by the Australian Government through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

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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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Henderson R, Abrahams J (2011)

Community water conservation program guide.

Darwin: Northern Territory Power and Water Corporation

Ngaanyatjarra Council (2011)

Environmental health Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

: Ngaanyatjarra Council

This 14-minute video provides an overview of the environmental health training that Indigenous environmental health officer trainees undertake in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, Central Australia.

The video shows trainees learning about topics such as:

  • hygiene
  • sewerage
  • plumbing
  • pest control
  • animal health
  • housing and community.

The link between environmental health and community health is emphasised, as is the importance of Indigenous environmental health officers acting as leaders in their communities.

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Pitman B (2011)

Building Indigenous healthy housing teams : a case study.

Darwin: Human Services Training Advisory Council

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2011)

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

1st ed. Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

The West Australian Indigenous storybook (The storybook) is the first in a series of Indigenous storybooks showcasing the achievements of Indigenous communities and people across Western Australia. The stories are from the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. The stories of programs contained within The storybook cover a range of social, economic, health and environmental health achievements. The intention of each program was to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of Indigenous people.

The storybook shares both the successes and failures of the programs, and it is hoped that this will encourage a change in how Indigenous programs are planned, delivered and disseminated.

The storybook covers a range of programs including:

  • healthy lifestyle initiatives
  • community awareness programs relating to suicide and good parenting
  • local government environmental health and health projects
  • effective partnerships
  • social benefit programs.

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Fact sheet: South Australian Public Health Act 2011 (2011)

South Australian Department of Health

This factsheet explains the changes that have been made to South Australia's public health legislation under the state's new Public Health Act 2011.

The factsheet explains:

  • why the legislation has changed
  • what the differences are between the old and the new legislation
  • how the new legislation protects the public in an emergency
  • how the new legislation changes the powers of health officials
  • how the new legislation affects the general public.

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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 former Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

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enHealth Council (2010)

Using the enHealth environmental health officer skills and knowledge matrix.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

The enHealth environmental health officer skills and knowledge matrix describes the skills and knowledge required to support the range of activities taken on as environmental health officers (EHO). The matrix includes:

  • a description of the skills and knowledge required to undertake the range of EHO roles
  • a statement of common EHO skills and knowledge applying across all states and territories
  • a statement of minimum skills and knowledge required.

Abstract adapted from enHealth

Environmental Health Committee (enHealth) (2010)

The role of environmental health officers in emergencies: stories from the front line.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

This report features stories of the actions taken by Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) during and after disasters in Australia. The report includes a chapter on the roles of EHOs during disasters in the Northern Territory, including two Indigenous community case studies:

  • responses to flooding in Oenpelli (Gunbalanya) in 2007
  • responses to flooding in Palumpa (Nganmarriyanga) in 2008-09.

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Queensland Department of Emergency Services (2010)

Indigenous service delivery and recruitment.

Retrieved from

This web resource provides information on emergency and disaster services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland.

The website discusses:

  • Government champion strategy and negotiation table process for the community of Coen
  • Indigenous Australian service delivery enhancement package
  • State Indigenous Australian reference group
  • Regional Indigenous Australian reference groups
  • Publications.

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