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Testing the effects of dietary seafood consumption on depressive symptoms

  • Authors: Berger, Maximus, Amminger, G. Paul, McDermott, Robyn, Guest, Paul C., Sarnyai, Zoltán
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Published: 2020

This chapter presents a protocol for assessing the effects dietary seafood consumption on depressive symptoms. We designed a cross-sectional study of 206 participants recruited in two Torres Strait Island communities.…

History in the now: Asserting Indigenous difference in “Top End” higher education using culturally responsive pedagogy

  • Authors: Willsher, Michele, Oldfield, Janine
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2020

Recent changes to curriculum and course design by schools and universities signal their agreement that the teaching of intercultural communication skills and cultural competencies is vital for a sustainable world…

Peer work in rural and remote communities and mental health services

  • Authors: Jackson, Fay, Heffernan, Tim, Orr, Mark, Young, Robert Butch, Puckett, Cherie, Daly, Susan
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2020

Peer Workers are the most underutilised, valuable resource available to rural and remote mental health services and communities. Evidence has confirmed the efficacy of peer work, yet their historically slow…

Gudirr Gudirr—culturally situated neo-expressionism

  • Author: Swain, Rachael
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2020

This chapter situates choreographic practice of listening to Country in the lands of the Yawuru in Broome, north of Western Australia.  In this location the legacy of entangled Indigenous Asian histories have…

The dramaturgies of listening to Country

  • Author: Swain, Rachael
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2020

This chapter unpacks the concept of ‘listening to Country’ engaged to discuss making, performing and attending intercultural dance on Indigenous land. After introducing Marrugeku, a dance theatre company whose practice forms the…

Introduction: The scene for a reflexive practice

  • Authors: Kearney, Amanda, Bradley, John
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2020

In this introductory chapter, we establish this book as a story of relationships, intersecting lives and experiences, as they have taken place in a remote township in northern Australia, between…

The theory/practice of disaster justice: Learning from Indigenous peoples’ fire management

  • Authors: Weir, Jessica K., Sutton, Stephen, Catt, Gareth
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2020

Globally, Indigenous peoples have fire management practices which are not necessarily supported by the centralised land management and natural hazard institutions of nation states. This is changing in Australia with…

Chapter 8 Phenomenological learning in the Northern Territory

  • Authors: Welsh, Scott, Nosrat, Mia
  • Publisher: Brill | Sense
  • Published: 2020

The chapter raises questions around notions of social and educational inclusion for First Peoples’ communities in the remote regions of the Northern Territory. Critically analyzing the terms of reference for…

Remote area nursing

  • Authors: lenthall, Sue, Ivanhoe, Terrie, Stothers, Kylie
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2020

This chapter will offer the reader an outline of the role of a remote area nurse, and of the key health issues facing people in very remote Australia, in particular…

Developing tourism in remote communities: An open architecture approach

  • Authors: Prideaux, Bruce, Thompson, Michelle
  • Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
  • Published: 2020

Remote communities often face a range of problems related to distance, service provision, high costs, and economic uncertainty. Many of these problems are structural and a direct result of their…

Standardized testing and school achievement: The case of Indigenous-language speaking students in remote Australia

  • Authors: Freeman, Leonard, A, Wigglesworth, G
  • Published: 2020

Standardized testing and school achievement: The case of Indigenous-language speaking students in remote Australia

Insider research: Articulating the voices of women schooling their children in remote Queensland, Australia

  • Author: McInnerney, Marlyn
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2020

Families in remote Queensland, Australia, face a range of challenges, including the education of their children. The question of education strategies was included in the semi-structured interviews conducted with the…

Symptom as history, culture as healing: Incarcerated Aboriginal women’s journeys through historic trauma and recovery processes

  • Author: Atkinson, Judy
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2020

This chapter describes and reflects on an intensive four-week pre-release educaring program run with Aboriginal women in Alice Springs Correctional Centre Northern Territory, Australia. The behaviours, or symptoms, that contributed…

Mental health and mining: Research challenges and influences

  • Authors: James, Carole L., Rich, Jane Louise, Kelly, Brian
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2020

In Australia and internationally, rural-based industries are an important component of the national fabric, with meaningful contributions to socio-cultural, environmental and economic factors. Resources-based industries such as mining, gas, petroleum,…

A right way, wrong way and better way for energy engineers to work with Aboriginal communities

  • Authors: Duff, Andrea, Hanchant-Nichols, Deanne, Bown, Brad, Gamage, Sithara H. P. W., Nixon, Bronte, Nisi, Petra, Boase, Jayne, Smith, Elizabeth
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2020

Aboriginal Australians have an intrinsic relationship to Country, kinship and community. The processes related to colonisation have decimated traditional lifestyles, ecology and even families. The challenge for energy engineers lies…

Writing as kin: Producing ethical histories through collaboration in unexpected places. Researching F.W. Albrecht, assimilation policy and Lutheran experiments in Aboriginal education

  • Authors: Ellinghaus, Katherine, Judd, Barry
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2020

This chapter explores the possibilities of relationality through collaboration between an Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholar. It describes an attempt to move beyond the problematic ways in which Indigenous history has…

Chapter 10: Digital health transforming health care in rural and remote Australia

  • Authors: Bennett, Christine C., Srinivasan, Uma
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2020

The effective use of technology to improve people’s health depends on factors beyond the technologies themselves, such as the diseases that affect a population, ease of access to the actual…

A coalition of hope! A regional governance approach to Indigenous Australian cultural wellbeing

  • Author: Poelina, Anne
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2020

The Rainbow Snake is a universal Indigenous Australian living creature responsible for the creation and protection of waterways. Countless generations of traditional owners have cared for the sacred ancestral being;…

“So Did You Find Any Culture Up Here Mate?”: Young Men, “Deficit” and Change

  • Author: Adgemis, Philip
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2020

This chapter addresses the reflexive dimensions of research with young Indigenous men in northern Australia. Adgemis charts his own realizations regarding Indigenous Australian stereotypes, violent realities of colonization and the…

Emergent trends in Indigenous labour mobility: Flying to work in the nation’s quarry

  • Authors: McKenzie, Fiona Haslam, Prout Quicke, Sarah
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2019

This chapter seeks to develop the conceptual terrain of these kinds of contemporary Indigenous labour mobilities in Australia by foregrounding the experiences and outcomes of one case study group of…

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