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Strengthening pathways into higher education with remote indigenous communities in Australia

  • Authors: Smith, James A, Moore, Terry , Robertson, Kim, Street, Cat, Stewart, Allison, Stephens, Donna, Girard, Aurelie, Yibarbuk, Dean, Christie, Benjamin
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2021

Community engagement is often cited as a critical component of working within indigenous communities in Australia and other countries. Ideally, this involves engaging in community-led and community-informed methods and place-based…

Food practices of young people in a remote Aboriginal community

  • Author: Aquino, Danielle
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

A common trope is that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are ‘lost’, ‘trapped’ or ‘caught’ between two worlds: that of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and that of…

Sawyer’s story: Guidance and control of adolescents in a remote Aboriginal community

  • Author: Burbank, Victoria
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

Remote Aboriginal communities in Australia have not been exempt from the rapid and radical changes that have characterised recent human history (e.g. Rowse 2017). While much of this change has…

Place-based land use planning and development in northern Australia: Cape York Peninsula, Queensland

  • Authors: Harwood, Sharon, Christie-Johnston, Benjamin
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

The purpose of this chapter is to describe how urban and regional planning practice applied to the creation of development plans reinforce social and economic dislocation in remote settlements in…

National data: Reflecting northern Australian aspirations?

  • Authors: Zoellner, Don, Lovell, Judith
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

This chapter reports on the continued exploration of the capacity of existing data sources to describe the economies of three groups of remote Aboriginal settlements in the Northern Territory (NT).…

Embracing the knot: The importance of personal risk-taking within intercultural research in Aboriginal Australia

  • Author: Moore, Susan Janelle
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2021

Critical inquiry into sensitive social problems requires risk-taking by researchers and research participants alike. Detailed in this chapter are insights into risks as experienced by the scholar within a study…

Defiance in the detail: Young women’s embodied future selves

  • Authors: Chenhall, Richard, Senior, Kate, Hall, Trudy, Turner, Bronwyn, Daniels, Daphne
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

Introduction: All of us are doomed to the life of choices, but not all of us have the means to be the chooser. (Bauman 1998, 86). Future thinking, which may…

‘They do think about health’: Young Indigenous women’s ideas about health and their interaction with the health system

  • Author: Friderichs, Mascha
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

Introduction: One day I was talking with a non-Indigenous service provider who asked me what my research was about. I told her I wanted to know how often young Indigenous…

The Aboriginal spring? Youth, mobile phones and social media in a remote Aboriginal community

  • Author: Kariippanon, Kishan
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

Introduction: The Field Site and the Project: Awakened to the events of the Arab Spring, in which mobile phones and social media became the conduit for a revolution spearheaded by…

Survey-based research in remote Indigenous communities: considerations for methods

  • Authors: Indigo, Holcombe-James, Ellie, Rennie
  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Published: 2021

Between 2015-2017, we worked with Australia’s largest telecommunications provider to examine the issue of cyber safety as it related to Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities. In this chapter, we reflect on…

Supporting Australian gifted Indigenous students’ academic potential in rural settings

  • Authors: Townend, Geraldine, Hay, Peta K., Jung, Jae Yup, Smith, Susen R.
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2021

It has been consistently highlighted in Australian research that Indigenous gifted students face many challenges in rural schools. Rurality presents its own advantages and challenges, while Indigeneity also accords additional…

Dialysis in the desert: blood, biomedial technologies, and transformation in Central Australia

  • Author: Byrne, Henrietta
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2021

Shifting States draws on a rich history of anthropological theorising on all kinds of states – from the pre- to the post- industrial – and explores topics as diverse as…

More than a Mural: Participatory Placemaking on Gija Country

  • Author: Edwards-Vandenhoek, Samantha
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2021

This Handbook is the first to explore the emergent field of ‘placemaking’ in terms of the recent research, teaching and learning, and practice agenda for the next few years. Offering…

Language contact and change through child first language acquisition

  • Authors: O'Shannessy, Carmel, Davidson, Lucinda
  • Published: 2020

Processes in child first language acquisition can be a locus of contact-induced language change, yet they have received little attention in the language contact literature. This chapter outlines theories and…

Encounters with Yanyuwa rock art: Reflexivity, multivocality, and the “Archaeological Record” in northern Australia’s southwest Gulf Country

  • Author: Brady, Liam M.
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2020

This chapter explores what a reflexive encounter in an Indigenous archaeology context looks and feels like, and what its implications might be for the archaeologist and how they construct the…

Resilience in the Alice Springs Town Camps

  • Authors: Campbell, Shirleen, Corbo, Maree, Egan, Ronnie
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2020

This chapter draws on the experience of the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group in Alice Springs, Australia, as an example of both individual and community resilience. The history, outcomes and…

Driving change across boundaries: Eliminating crusted scabies in Northern Territory, Australia

  • Authors: Dickinson, Helen, Gardner, Karen, Dowden, Michelle, van der Linden, Naomi
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2020

Collaboration is a key component of high-quality health systems and is particularly important when facing so-called wicked issues. This chapter examines cross-sector collaboration as a function of the notion of…

Settler-colonial governmentality: The carceral webs woven by law and politics

  • Author: Anthony, Thalia
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2020

This chapter is concerned with the relationality of law and politics in historical and contemporary expressions of colonial sovereignty in the Northern Territory of Australia and how this weaves webs…

Developing and maintaining interprofessional teams in rural and remote settings

  • Authors: Smith, Tony, Munro, Simon, Moran, Monica
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2020

Regional, rural and remote AustraliaAustralia is diverse, not only in terms of the landscape, but also in ways that influence cultural, spiritual and operational aspects of health service delivery. Dotted…

Integrated primary mental health care in rural and remote contexts: The Australian experience

  • Authors: Vines, Robyn F., Wilson, Ross
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2020

There is a growing burden of disease nationally and internationally from mental illness, both as a stand-alone problem and also comorbid with the growing epidemic of chronic, non-communicable diseases. The…

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