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“The Road to (Gundag)AI”: Investigating the Impact of AI on Regional and Remote SMEs

  • Authors: Sheldrick, Susan, Chang, Shanton, McKay, Dana
  • Published: 2022

Rural and remote SMEs are likely to be digitally disadvantaged due to their location and organization size. As AI continues to be added many everyday products, services, applications and devices,…

The Indigenous digital divide: COVID-19 and its impacts on educational delivery to First Nation university students

  • Authors: Wilson III, Arthur M, Downing, Mandy, Buckley, Amma, Owen, Julie, Jackson, Max
  • Published: 2022

The global COVID 19 pandemic highlighted that the delivery of online education inadvertently disadvantaged Indigenous Australian university students. This situation was particularly critical for Indigenous students from rural and remote…

Tangible ‘design non-proposals’ for relationship building in community-based co-design projects

  • Authors: Lawrence Taylor, Jennyfer, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Soro, Alessandro, Brereton, Margot
  • Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
  • Published: 2022

We present tangible design non-proposals as a technique for establishing and growing relationships in community-based co-design projects, particularly with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Prior tangible design products…

Ethnography and policy: Knowledge production as negotiating multiplicity in landscapes of policy practice

  • Authors: Spencer, Michaela, Gill, Natalie
  • Published: 2021

In this presentation, we draw on our experience of teaching ‘policy and ethnography’ to students who were also employed as government bureaucrats working in remote Aboriginal communities in northern Australia.…

Grey nomads with diabetes on the road

  • Authors: De Bellis, Anita, Hill, Pauline, McCloud, Christine, Abigail, Wendy, Giles, Jane, Apolloni, Marc
  • Published: 2021

Aims: The aim of this study was to explore the experiences and perspectives of grey nomads with diabetes and their self management whilst travelling in rural and remote Australia. As…

Helping grey nomads with diabetes self-management: ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation Showcase and Masterclass

  • Author: De Bellis, Anita
  • Published: 2021

Grey nomads who travel in remote and rural Australia are a growing population. Many are over 55 years of age and have chronic conditions including diabetes. The preparation, management and…

Performing for or collaborating with: Professional classical musicians’ reflections on work in community engagement

  • Author: Godwin, Louise
  • Published: 2020

The paper is concerned with music programs designed for diverse people or populations facing barriers to participation. While studies in the fields of community cultural development, community music and participatory…

Designing the Olkola Cultural Knowledge Centre: A Traditional Owner-led integrated research and education process

  • Authors: Robertson, Hannah, Ross-Symonds, Debbie, Connolly, Pippa
  • Publisher: Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA)
  • Published: 2020

The purpose of this paper is to identify, track and discuss the pedagogical processes involved in an integrated teaching and research project to design and build a Cultural Knowledge Centre…

Safe water access on remote Indigenous homelands: Applying a socio-ecological framework

  • Authors: Satur, P., Robertson, H.
  • Publisher: Australian Water Association
  • Published: 2020

Despite ongoing water resource innovation in Australia, many remote Indigenous communities remain at risk to detrimental water related health impacts. This study draws on a comprehensive review of remote areas…

Crocodile Language Friend: Tangibles to Foster Children’s Language Use

  • Authors: Jennyfer Lawrence Taylor, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Alessandro Soro, Michael Esteban, Andrew Vallino, Paul Roe, Margot Brereton
  • Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
  • Published: 2020

Active language use refers to people's use of a language in their everyday lives and activities. Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs) can facilitate children's participation in language activities such as language…

Coding on Country

  • Authors: Alessandro Soro, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Jennyfer Lawrence Taylor, Michael Esteban, Margot Brereton
  • Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
  • Published: 2020

We describe preliminary explorations with a format to engage young indigenous students from remote communities in design and making. Digital technologies are often seen, not without merit, as reflecting and…

Access to safe drinking water on homelands: The need for a social ecological approach

  • Authors: Satur, Paul, Robertson, Hannah
  • Publisher: Queensland University of Technology
  • Published: 2019

The maintenance of connections to traditional clan lands, or country, is synonymous with the continuation of Indigenous cultural practices across Australia. The most basic need for human inhabitation on these…

Trends in health workforce turnover and stability in remote Northern Territory communities

  • Authors: Russell, Deborah, Zhao, Yuejen, Ramjan, Mark, Guthridge, Steve, Wright, Jo, Jones, Mike, Humphreys, John, Wakerman, John
  • Published: 2019

Background: Delivering effective primary care to where it’s needed most—specifically remote Aboriginal communities—is hampered by high turnover and low stability of health clinic staff. This research investigates changes over time…

Vaccine cold chain integrity in remote Australia

  • Author: Young, Angela
  • Published: 2019

Background: Understanding cumulative exposure to temperatures is important for assessing vaccine viability. Cold chain monitoring systems in Australia do not monitor cumulative exposures for individual vaccines from point of manufacture…

No longer isolated: increasing clinical pharmacy services in a very remote hospital

  • Author: Milne, Kara
  • Published: 2019

A very remote Hospital Pharmacy Department undertook a six month trial of an additional full time clinical pharmacist. The Pharmacy Department, historically staffed by a sole pharmacist and pharmacy technician,…

From go to woe: Would a rabies incursion spread in northern Australia?

  • Authors: Ward, M. P., Brookes, V. J., Degeling, Chris, Gabriele-Rivet, V, Hudson, Emily G
  • Published: 2019

Northern Australia faces an increasing risk of a canine rabies incursion due to the eastwards spread of rabies across the Indonesian archipelago. Remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia are situated…

Building collaborative practice with consumers in rural and remote Australia

  • Authors: Parham, Jennie, Harvey, Andrew, Wells, Leanne, Cockburn, Jane, Patterson, Karen
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2019

A contemporary Australian health system must be characterised by partnerships with consumers. Partnering with consumers is about healthcare organisations, healthcare providers and policy makers actively working with consumers to ensure…

Barriers and opportunities to clinical placements in regional, rural and remote settings

  • Author: Eklom, Bonnie
  • Published: 2019

Rural and remote Australia continues to experience worse health outcomes and poorer access to health services compared to inner metropolitan Australia. Geographic maldistribution of the health workforce is a significant…

Roll-out of automated external defibrillators to rural and remote Australian communities

  • Authors: Harkness, Lindy, Gale, Lauren, Bishop, Lara
  • Published: 2019

Background: Cardiac arrest occurs in over 25, 000 Australians every year. In the event of cardiac arrest, CPR alone has low rates of effectiveness. However, when provided in combination with…

Q fever knowledge and follow-up practices of northern Australian rural general practitioners

  • Authors: Hollins, Aaron, Abernethy, Gail, Smyth, Wendy, Ray, Robin, Harte, Jane
  • Published: 2019

Introduction: The causative agent of Q fever, Coxiella burnetti, is found in a wide variety of animals and does not require direct animal-to-human contact for infection. Q fever is contracted…

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