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Towards Sustainable Freight Logistics in Desert Australia: A Framework for Analysing Options that Meet Economic, Environmental and Social Demands

  • Authors: Ireland, M, Rola-Rubzen, MF, Callender, G
  • Publisher: European Business School, International University Schloss Reichartshausen
  • Published: 2009

Establishing supply chains to improve delivery of goods and to source Aboriginal produce and on-sell products from remote communities offers significant opportunities for sustainable development and improved liveability in remote…

Traditional Aboriginal Medicine Practice in the Northern Territory

  • Author: Devanesen, D
  • Published: 2000

Traditional Aboriginal medicine is a complex system closely linked to the culture and beliefs of the people, knowledge of their land and its flora and fauna. Its survival is explained…

Supporting wellness in the bush

  • Author: Jennifer Perino
  • Published: 2007

In order to support wellness in the bush there is a need to address the challenges of mental health service provision in small rural remote communities. The purpose of this…

The role and relevance of indigenous cultural capital in environment management in Australia and the Pacific

  • Authors: Lal, P., Young, E.
  • Publisher: Australian Heritage Commission, c2001
  • Published: 2000

Reconciling natural and cultural heritage with economic development is a prime challenge for contemporary and future societies. Striving for such reconciliation is essentially the same as striving for sustainability —…

Managing the impact of feral camels in an effective and humane way

  • Author: Edwards, GP
  • Publisher: RSPCA
  • Published: 2010

One-humped dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) were first introduced to Australia in 1840 and played a key role in opening up the arid interior for European settlement. It is thought that…

ePIE Feats and Failures: Opportunities and challenges for ePortfolio implementation for career and professional development in remote education workforces

  • Author: Alicia Boyle
  • Published: 2011

‘Delivering a Smart Territory through Quality Education and Training’ is the tag line of the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training Strategic Plan 2011–2014. Specific outcomes of the ‘Quality…

Transitioning towards sustainable freight logistics in desert Australia: A framework for analysing options that meet economic, environmental and social demand

  • Authors: Ireland, M, Rola-Rubzen, MF
  • Publisher: Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability, University of South Australia
  • Published: 2008

Kaplan and Norton’s Balanced Scorecard is a multi-dimensional performance management model. It can be effectively developed into a tool which supports evaluation of the sustainability of a range of options…

What discourages Indigenous discouraged workers?

  • Authors: Hunter, Boyd, Gray, Matthew
  • Publisher: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences, Australian National University
  • Published: 2011

Indigenous people are far more likely to be discouraged from looking for work than other Australians. Understanding the determinants of what discourages particular workers has important implications for overcoming the…

How do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art organisations use technological networks in their business?

  • Authors: Iris Bendor, Tania von der Heidt, Tim Acker
  • Publisher: Australian & New Zealand Marketing Agency, Griffith Business School, Griffith University
  • Published: 2014

This paper presents the results of a study investigating how effectively ebusiness is being used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centres and what the associated challenges and opportunities…

Good gardening for a perennial economy: what’s the optimal growth path for a regional economy?

  • Authors: Jim McFarlane, Boyd Blackwell, Stuart Mounter
  • Published: 2015

A key public policy issue in regional economic development is whether governments should act pro-actively with strategies to achieve local economic growth. Using a region within Australia, this manuscript presents…

Economic Development and Participation for Remote Indigenous Communities: Best Practice

  • Author: Altman, J
  • Published: 2003

A presentation by Professor Jon Altman to the Ministerial Council for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (MCATSIA) at Sydney on 28 November 2003. This paper explores best practice, evident…

Land degradation issues and management concerns for Aboriginal communities of central Australia

  • Author: Wickam, S.
  • Publisher: School of Environment and Information Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW
  • Published: 1998

Aboriginal land management in Central Australia is not a recent phenomenon. When we discuss these concerns today we are addressing degradation consequences relating to industrial activities such as pastoralism, mining…

Indigenous heritage tourism and its economic value in Australia

  • Author: Zeppel, H.
  • Publisher: International Society for Ecological Economics and Australian National University, Australian Heritage Commission, c2001
  • Published: 2000

Indigenous culture and heritage are a major tourist attraction in Australia. The income generated from the sale of Aboriginal arts and crafts is AUD$200 million per annum, with half derived…

The Great Southern EMET Program

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

EMET is an Australasian College of Emergency Medicine program that is aimed at supporting and training the non-specialist workforce who in the Great Southern make up 92% (61 of 66)…

Rural and remote food security: multiple determinants

  • Authors: Michelle Young, Jane Dixon, Anthony Hogan
  • Published: 2011

In this paper we provide an overview of the concept of food security and the problems that are presented by the current food system in relation to the uneven nutrition…

Facing the challenge of retaining new teachers in rural and remote settings: A report of two case studies using a community-based mentoring model in Queensland, Australia

  • Authors: Young, Janelle, Kennedy, Joy
  • Publisher: Australian Association for Research in Education
  • Published: 2011

Attracting teachers to live and work in rural and remote schools is a continuing challenge in more isolated parts of Australia and internationally. It was this challenge that prompted the…

Rural and remote cardiac outcomes: examination of a state-wide emergency medical service

  • Authors: Bronwyn Young, John Woodall, E Enraght-Moony, Vivienne Tippett, Louise Plug
  • Published: 2007

The Chain of Survival describes the factors most critical to survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Outcomes from OHCA outside of urban areas are infrequently reported, perhaps due to the…

"Let me have my own pigeon hole and copying number": Developing partnerships in rural and remote schools

  • Authors: Yarrow, Alan, Ballantyne, Roy, Hansford, Brian, Herschell, Paul, Millwater, Jan
  • Publisher: Australian Association for Research in Education
  • Published: 1997

In this paper, four questions of concern to Education Department s and teacher education institutions in Australia are addressed. How do we develop strategies to attract beginning teachers to rural,…

The Power of Data in Aboriginal Hands

  • Author: Wu, P.
  • Publisher: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research Conference
  • Published: 2011

In this paper I want to talk about the critical role that data can play in development scenarios, when Aboriginal people are in control of collecting, managing and interpreting data.

Red Dirt Schools: Connecting community and curriculum

  • Authors: Wooltorton, Sandra, Guenther, John
  • Published: 2015

There is much talk about the seemingly intransigent gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal educational outcomes across Australia. From a critical theoretical perspective, a new paradigm is needed to frame the…

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