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Researching education in/about/on/for/with/from the rural remote: prepositions that matter for propositions

  • Author: Guenther, John
  • Published: 2018

The Halsey Review made a recommendation to “Establish a national focus for RRR education, training and research to enhance access, outcomes and opportunities in regional Australia.” The propositions behind this…

Indigenous leadership in changing times and changing organisations: The centrality of Indigenous leadership in advancing schooling outcomes in Northern Territory (NT) remote schools

  • Author: Fry, Gary
  • Published: 2018

In a world of continuous and fluid change, NT remote school organisations are caught within a social flux of patterned, structural educational inequality that models of Western-style leadership have largely…

On ‘location’: The interplay of rural social space and post-school aspirations

  • Authors: Fray, Leanne, Gore, Jenny, Harper, Matthew, Patfield, Sally, Harris, Jess
  • Published: 2018

The recent release of the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education has provided a renewed platform for addressing continued disparities in educational outcomes for young Australians in non-metropolitan…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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)

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…

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.…

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