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Aboriginal perceptions of the impact and influences of western education at 'Moola Bulla Native Station', 1910-1955: Lessons learnt from the past

  • Author: Povey, Rhonda
  • Published: 2018

The centring of Indigenous oral history is becoming an integral and powerful aspect of critical methodologies underpinning decolonisation, increasingly unsettling or dismantling what has been remembered, by whom and for…

Closing the pedagogical gap: revisiting pedagogy in remote Aboriginal schools through a Culturally Responsive lens

  • Author: Osborne, Sam
  • Published: 2018

Education outcomes in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schools remain well below the rest of Australia against current attainment measures. Recent policy focus and investment in pedagogical approaches has…

Exploring the emotional and material realities shaping young people’s aspirations for higher education in regional and remote areas

  • Authors: Fray, Leanne, Gore, Jenny, Gibson, Skye, Harris, Jess
  • Published: 2018

Internationally, access to higher education for underrepresented groups remains an enduring concern. In Australia, students from regional and remote areas have been inscribed in government education policy as an equity…

Did DI do it? The impact of "Flexible literacy for remote primary schools" program for very remote First Nations schools in Australia

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Osborne, Sam
  • Published: 2018

Over the last 10 years of 'Closing the Gap' considerable public investment has been made into programs designed to improve outcomes for First Nations students, particularly those who live in…

Examining remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boarding through capital theory lenses

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Fogarty, William
  • Published: 2017

Boarding schools and residential facilities for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have long been part of the educational landscape in Australia. More recently, policy settings are giving considerably…

Community cultural development across Far North Queensland with a health focus

  • Author: Jenuarrie
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Arts Nexus Inc. has a clear mission across all of Far North Queensland: growing creative people, communities and industries. Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) that builds capacity, values cultural…

Listen to the voice of the people: culturally specific consultation and innovation in establishing an Aboriginal health program in the west Pilbara

  • Authors: Dimer, Lyn, Shilton, Trevor, Hayes, Anne, Hayes, Shirley, Heard, Monteza, Turangi, Gina, Hamilton, Sandy
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Background: Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of morbidity in Aboriginal Australians, however only around 5% of eligible Aboriginal people at tend cardiac rehabilitation (CR) heart health programs. Through community…

Expanding rural service delivery through emerging technologies

  • Authors: Dixon, Karen, Church, Andrea
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Technology is advancing at an incredible rate with new devices, wearables, gadgets and gizmos coming on to the market every week. Technology provides rural health services with new ways of…

Conducting research together with remote Aboriginal communities

  • Authors: Fitzpatrick, EFM, Oscar, J, Carter, M, Lawford, T, Martiniuk, AM, D'Antoine, H, Elliott, EJ
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Introduction: An international systematic literature review found that few publications evaluate the preference or understanding of an individual or group when seeking consent for research with Indigenous communities. Research with…

Reducing medication misadventure: A comparative analysis of telepharmacy and home medication reviews

  • Authors: Hall, Fiona, Dean, Debi, Braithwaite, Chris, Stephens, Catherine
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Background : Medication misadventure is a serious issue with two to three % of all hospital admissions being medication- related. The federally funded Home Medicine Reviews (HMRs) have provided an…

Remote health workforce safety and security: problems and solutions

  • Author: Menere, R
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

A range of significant occupational health and safety challenges affect clinicians resident in remote communities, as well as visiting Allied Health, Medical Specialist, Retrieval and Management staff. While violence towards…

Strengthening Australian Aboriginal participation in university STEM programs: A Northern Territory perspective

  • Authors: Osborne, Samuel, Paige, Kathy, Hattam, Rob, Rigney, Lester-Irabinna, Morrison, Anne
  • Published: 2017

The broad discipline of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) has become a global focus for education and employment. Currently, Indigenous students are less likely to engage in STEM programs…

Supporting rural/remote Australians in a culturally appropriate way

  • Authors: Aiton, Susan, Smithson, Teresa
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

The organisation provides unique, flexible and culturally appropriate support options for indigenous Australians with a disability or who are frail aged and living in the Top End of the NT.…

What have we learned from the Australian Rural Birth Index study?

  • Author: Barclay, Lesley
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

This NHMRC funded investigation began as an exercise in testing a Canadian developed maternity services planning tool for its utility and validity in Australia. Careful work with our statisticians and…

HPV self-sampling for cervical cancer screening: engaging under-screened rural-remote Aboriginal women

  • Authors: Campbell, Laurinne, Vail, Anne, Pollard, Georgia-Lee, Bailey, Jannine, Dutton, Tegan, Robinson, Tracy, Jacob, Sunil, Wykes, Rene, O'Connor, Megan, Kelly, Cassandra, Callan, Nichole, McKay, Kate, Tiffen, Rozlyn
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Aims: Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women and the sixth leading cause of death worldwide. The incidence of cervical cancer in Aboriginal women is more than…

Panel presentation: Evidence and wellbeing (the Interplay Wellbeing Framework: Building the evidence on pathways to wellbeing with community indicators from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote Australia)

  • Authors: Cairney, S, Abbott, T, Wilson, B, Schultz, R, McRae-Williams, E, Yamaguchi, J
  • Publisher: AIATSIS and University of Canberra
  • Published: 2017

Panel presentation: Evidence and wellbeing (the Interplay Wellbeing Framework: Building the evidence on pathways to wellbeing with community indicators from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote Australia)

Intersections: artistry and narrative in intercultural and educational research

  • Author: Lovell, Judith
  • Published: 2017

The experience of artistry and narrative in research is a key methodological concern of the artist and the researcher, whose work occurs in and beyond an intersection of educational and…

Health workforce turnover in remote Indigenous communities—who stays, who goes?

  • Authors: Russell, D., Zhao, Y, Guthridge, S, Ramjan, Mark, Wakerman, J, Jones, MP, Humphreys, JS
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Aim: Health workforce geographical maldistribution is a persisting global issue linked to inequitable access to health services and poorer health outcomes for rural and remote populations. Anecdotal reports suggest that…

How has the evolution of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) built technological confidence and competence in a Remote Indigenous Community?

  • Author: Ewing, Neil
  • Published: 2017

How has the evolution of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) built technological confidence and competence in a Remote Indigenous Community? Throughout my career as a teacher, adult educator, administrator and…

Unearthing diversity: Aspirations for higher education of students in regional, remote and very remote schools

  • Author: Fray, Leanne
  • Published: 2017

Despite the adoption of the widening participation agenda in Australia, students from regional, remote and very remote communities continue to be underrepresented in higher education. Recent research has indicated that…

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