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Direct instruction: A case of what is proven to work in contexts in other countries

  • Author: Jorgensen, Robyn
  • Publisher: PME
  • Published: 2019

Northern Territory (NT) government policy acknowledges the “need for active participation by all people, including Indigenous people, for the north to achieve ongoing prosperity.” However the majority of Aboriginal adults…

Bridging the gap between responses to elder abuse and responses to family and domestic violence in rural and remote communities

  • Authors: Warren, Amy, Blundell, Barbara
  • Publisher: Family & Relationship Services Australia
  • Published: 2018

Elder abuse has been recognised as a significant social issue in recent years. Though the vast majority of reported elder abuse is perpetrated by family members, it is often not…

Emergency management opportunities for remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia

  • Authors: Sangha, Kamaljit, Edwards, Andrew, Russel-Smith, Jeremy
  • Published: 2018

Despite frequent exposure to severe natural hazards including extensive bushfires, tropical cyclones and floods, remote Indigenous communities across northern Australia typically have little engagement in managing, mitigating or planning for…

Tourism on the periphery - developing a viable tourism industry in Cooktown

  • Authors: Prideaux, B, Thompson, M.
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2018

Remote settlements face many challenges in striving to achieve a sustainable local economy. The aim of this paper is to identify key barriers that many remote communities face in adopting…

“Locked out” and “left behind”: Aboriginal Adult English Literacy and Numeracy in Northern Territory – a call for collective action

  • Authors: Allison Stewart, Lorraine Sushames, Fiona Shalley
  • Publisher: Australian Council for Adult Literacy
  • Published: 2017

Northern Territory (NT) government policy acknowledges the “need for active participation by all people, including Indigenous people, for the north to achieve ongoing prosperity.” However the majority of Aboriginal adults…

Building relationships towards sustainable economic development in the Fitzroy River catchment

  • Author: Greg Mackay
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2017

Development is not a new word for the Fitzroy Catchment in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. However, it is currently the focus of an enormous level of interest and…

Drought: rain...cash...population...resilience

  • Authors: Dana Kelly, David Phelps, Jenny Coombes
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2017

Towns in central western Queensland are especially exposed to the risks of drought, with approximately half of the businesses directly linked to agriculture. This paper reports on surveys undertaken in…

Tech tools for improving productivity, profit and pasture in the pastoral rangelands

  • Authors: Murray Grey, Tim Driver
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2017

In the last 20 years there has been a huge surge in development of technological tools to improve the business of producing protein in Australia. While in the early stages…

Social return on investment in the rangelands: We think what we are doing is important, but does anybody else care?

  • Authors: Leah Feuerherdt, Stuart Peevor, Michael Clinch, Tim Moore
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2017

Social Return on Investment (SROI) is an internationally recognised methodology used to measure and value the impact of programs. Like a traditional cost-benefit analysis, SROI examines economic outcomes, but also…

Using FarmMaps 4D to improve management of Indigenous pastoral infrastructure

  • Authors: Joel Dillon, Peter Cunningham
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2017

The Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to acquire and manage land to achieve economic, environmental, social, and cultural benefits. To support this the ILC…

Simulated impacts of wet season spelling and intensive rotational grazing on pasture condition in a degraded northern Mitchell grass savanna

  • Authors: Robyn Cowley, Dionne Walsh, Jane Douglas
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2017

The northern Australian pastoral industry is intensifying development and grazing systems to facilitate greater productivity and capital value. A three year field trial in the Barkly region of the Northern…

Buffel grass management in Indigenous communities

  • Author: Bowman, T
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2017

Buffel grass has been recognised as one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in South Australia’s arid and semi-arid rangelands. It has the capacity to transform ecosystems through habitat loss,…

Building and maintaining trust - a little tourism project in Western Arnhem land

  • Author: Goodfellow, Denise Lawungkurr
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2017

This paper uses autoethnography and a narrative approach to examine trust-building that occurred between Indigenous people (Larrakia and Kunwinjku) in the Top End of Australia and the author. Trust was…

Parent perspectives of boarding: Insights from remote Aboriginal families

  • Authors: Benveniste, Tessa, Dawson, Drew, Guenther, John, Rainbird, Sophia, King, Lorraine
  • Published: 2016

Increasingly, remote Aboriginal families are being encouraged to transition their children into boarding environments to complete secondary schooling. This comes largely from recent policy recommendations and implementation of a strategic…

Indigenous foods benefiting indigenous Australians

  • Authors: Higgins-Desbiolles, Freya, Vilkinas, Tricia, Wijesinghe, Gayathri, Akbar, Skye, Gifford, Stuart
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2016

In Australia, a (re)emerging and hot trend is featuring native foods in restaurants, food tours and culinary arts. Based on the conceptual analysis for research undertaken for a pilot project…

Identifying strategies for promoting VET to higher education transitions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners

  • Authors: Smith, James, Pechenkina, Katya (Ekaterina), Gunstone, Andrew, Frawley, Jack
  • Published: 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in Higher Education (HE) is significantly lower than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rates (Behrendt et al. 2012). National data indicates that Aboriginal and…

Understanding the aspirations of remote Aboriginal communities to pursue further education: The benefits of collaborative research

  • Authors: Smith, James, Fisher, Simon, Langdon, Jimmy, Katakrinja, Elizabeth, Shannon, Valda, Shannon, Geoffrey, Yibarbuk, Dean, Olcay, Millie, Boton, Eliani, Stewart, Allison, Moore, Terry, Larkin, Steven
  • Published: 2016

It is well documented that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are under-represented in Australian universities. This was highlighted in the Behrendt Review (2012) with a range of social, cultural,…

Pedagogical issues in designing a social and emotional learning program for Australian Indigenous youth in remote communities

  • Authors: Harper, Helen, Robinson, Gary, Franck, Linel, Gore, Cecelia
  • Published: 2016

Skills for Life' is a strengths-based social and emotional learning program that aims to promote resilience, coping and problem-solving skills for Indigenous youth in remote communities. It has a focus…

A theory of enhancement of professional learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pre-service teachers in very remote communities through mobile learning

  • Author: Townsend, P
  • Publisher: University of Technology Sydney
  • Published: 2016

A theory of enhancement of professional learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pre-service teachers in very remote communities through mobile learning

What do we know about remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community engagement?: Implications for research and strategy development in tertiary education settings

  • Authors: Smith, James, Larkin, Steven, Yibarbuk, Dean, Olcay, Millie, Guenther, John
  • Published: 2016

Genuine community engagement is heralded as an important process when engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in discussion about education. This has been repeatedly emphasised in numerous policy documents,…

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