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Travel-related barriers to rural and remote patients accessing specialist care

  • Authors: Tracy Cheffins, Smita Gupta, Rhonda Fleming
  • Published: 2013

The study was undertaken by the Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local (TMML), and aimed to explore the outcomes when people are referred by their rural GP to a specialist in a larger…

Flying an Indigenous Jumbo Jet

  • Author: Walker, B
  • Published: 2008

The author briefly touchs on the following: - What is an Indigenous Business? - Why do we need Indigenous Business? - The current context for Indigenous Business - Some lessons…

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…

Red Dirt education leaders’ perceptions about what is important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

  • Authors: John Guenther, Sam Osborne
  • Publisher: AIATSIS
  • Published: 2017

Schooling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in remote or ‘Red Dirt’ (Guenther, Disbray and Osborne, 2016) communities has been cast as ‘problematic’, and ‘failing’. The solutions to deficit…

Can m- and e-learning support pathways for meaningful vocation in remote communities?

  • Authors: Guenther, J, McRae-Williams, E, Townsend, P
  • Published: 2012

This paper, based on an upcoming CRC for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) research project—‘Pathways to Employment’—will canvas the proposition that mobile technology can be used as an effective vehicle for…

Engineering employment pathways in remote communities and the (false) hope of collaborative service provision

  • Authors: John Guenther, Eva McRae-Williams, Claire Kilgariff
  • Published: 2014

Over the last decade, very remote Northern Territory has seen significant changes in the participation, retention and completion rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in vocational qualifications and in…

The training and employment challenge of remote communities: Is collaboration the solution?

  • Authors: Guenther, J, McRae-Williams, E
  • Publisher: Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association
  • Published: 2015

Over the last decade, very remote Northern Territory has seen significant improvement in participation, retention and completion rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in vocational qualifications. The number holding…

Enhancing training advantage for remote learners

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Marshall, Mel, Dwyer, Anna, Wooltorton, Sandra, Boughton, Bob, Stephens, Anne, Williamson, Frances, Skewes, Janet, Bat, Melodie
  • Publisher: NCVER
  • Published: 2016

For some time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been readily participating in [vocational education and training] VET certificate programs, above rates for non-Indigenous Australians (albeit at lower levels of…

Training for life... in two worlds

  • Authors: Guenther, J, Gurruwiwi, G, Donohoe, A
  • Published: 2010

For a number of years, Nungalinya College, based in Darwin, has provided accredited training for Yolu from Arnhem Land. One course called Bilingual Family and Community Studies, partly funded by…

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…

Lessons from an evaluation of 'TrainingPlus': an attempt to bridge a cultural divide through a training and employment initiative

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Castle, Keith, Raymond, Nick, Berschl, Karin
  • Published: 2011

This paper draws on the lessons learned from an evaluation of a program designed to support Indigenous people into employment. The program (TrainingPlus), managed by the Desert Peoples Centre (DPC)…

Why local staff matter In very remote schools

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Disbray, Samantha
  • Published: 2015

A lot of research in Australian schools, has focused on the important role that teachers play in educating students. Conversely, in the discourse about remote schools for Aboriginal and Torres…

How did our desert grow? With fluoro shirts on planes lined up in rows

  • Authors: John Guenther, Alicia Boyle
  • Published: 2013

In 2004, National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) commissioned a piece of work called Growing the desert The final report provided a summary of the analysis of quantitative and…

Adapting Evaluation Materials for Remote Indigenous Communities and Low-Literacy Participants

  • Authors: Guenther, J, Boonstra, M
  • Published: 2009

Funders (quite rightly) expect that the money invested in social programs will produce results. Further and increasingly, they are expecting that evidence of these outcomes is produced. However, these outcomes,…

Moving the desks around: What does a 'good' education in remote Australian communities look like?

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Bat, Melodie
  • Publisher: Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia Pacific Educational Research Association
  • Published: 2012

The education system, as experienced by remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia, presents considerable challenges. While 'the system' continues to apply considerable resources to remote schools, outcomes…

Measuring the unmeasurable: Complex evaluations in the Northern Territory

  • Authors: Guenther, J, Arnott, A, WIlliams, E
  • Publisher: covaluator.net
  • Published: 2009

The purpose of this paper is to offer a counter to the argument that changes emerging from social programs are often unmeasurable. We offer a critique of the kinds of…

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…

Factors contributing to educational outcomes for Indigenous students from remote communities: A systematic review

  • Author: Guenther, J
  • Published: 2017

Factors contributing to educational outcomes for Indigenous students from remote communities: A systematic review

Same words, different story: Unpacking nine years of NAPLAN data for very remote Australia

  • Author: John Guenther
  • Publisher: AIATSIS
  • Published: 2017

The latest national results for the National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) were released in December 2016 amid gloomy international comparisons and media messages that nothing has changed. Each year…

Applying ‘Red Dirt Thinking’ to adult learning in the Northern Territory

  • Author: John Guenther
  • Publisher: Australian Council for Adult Literacy
  • Published: 2017

The term ‘red dirt thinking’ was coined by researchers who were part of the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation’s (CRC-REP) Remote Education Systems (RES) project. The researchers, who…

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