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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…

The limits to inter-business collaboration in remote tourism regions: The implications of a case study in northern Australia

  • Author: Tremblay, Pascal
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2010

The paper questions the nature of inter-business collaboration in tourism and assesses critically perspectives that seem to take for granted that greater collaboration is necessarily beneficial to tourism destination systems,…

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,…

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…

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…

The Influence of Socially Embedded Myths on the Domestic Market for Aboriginal Tourism

  • Author: Jacobsen, Damien
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2007

The Influence of Socially Embedded Myths on the Domestic Market for Aboriginal Tourism

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…

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…

Identifying and addressing sustainable pasture and grazing management options for a major economic sector – the north Australian beef industry

  • Authors: MacLeod, ND, Scanlan, JC, Pahl, LI, Whish, GL, Crowley, RA
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

Sustainable use of the northern grazing lands is a long-standing issue for management and policy, heightened by projections of increased climatic variability, uncertainty on forage supplies, vegetation complexes, and weeds…

Using three dimensional technologies to make high quality assistive products and services available to people who live in remote and regional locations in Australia

  • Authors: Goodchild, Chrisna, Frain, Samantha, Chhun, Vandeth, Fuller, Melissa
  • Publisher: World Health Organization
  • Published: 2019

A team from three Australian organisations, Northcott Innovation, Northcott and AbilityMade, are currently developing a service model for delivering orthotic services to children who live in remote areas of New…

Using complex adaptive systems to investigate Aboriginal-tourism relationships in Purnululu National Park: Exploring the role of capital

  • Authors: Strickland-Munro, Jennifer, Moore, Susan A, Allison, Helen
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2010

Resource management systems such as national parks are complex and dynamic with strong interdependencies between their human and ecological components. Their management has become more difficult as scale, impacts and…

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…

Engaging the marginalized: Partnerships between indigenous peoples, governments and civil society. Guidelines for engagement with indigenous peoples

  • Author: Human Rights Equal Opportunity Commission and United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  • Published: 2005

On 15 August 2005, in Brisbane Australia, 160 delegates from the International Engaging Communities Conference participated in the UN-sponsored workshop, ‘Engaging the marginalized: Partnerships between indigenous peoples, governments and civil…

Enhancing training advantage for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Wooltorton, Sandra, Bat, Melodie, Boughton, Bob, Skewes, Janet, Stephens, Anne
  • Published: 2016

Participation in vocational training is strong among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from remote communities. However, despite the high level of participation, completion rates for courses are very low—on…

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…

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in business education: Barriers and strategies

  • Authors: Dang, Thi Kim Anh, Vitartas, Peter, Ambrose, Kurt, Millar, Hayley
  • Published: 2016

In the current Australian higher education context, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students continue to be significantly under-represented (Behrendt, Larkin, Griew & Kelly, 2012; Pechenkina, 2015). They are particularly and…

Matching motivations and activities for 4WD club members and the implications for developing desert 4WD tourism

  • Authors: Coghlan, A, Prideaux, B
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2008

Approximately 18% of Australia can be classed as desert and about 66% of the continent receives an annual rainfall of less than 500mm, classifying it as arid or semi-arid land.…

Becoming a teacher in Central Australia: Picturing resilience through arts-based research methods

  • Authors: Beltman, Susan, Papatraianou, Lisa, Strangeways, Al
  • Published: 2016

Enhancing resilience is recognised as key to addressing teacher attrition (Johnson et al., 2016) and addressing the challenges of the profession (Beltman et al. 2015; Papatraianou, 2012). However, two significant…

Diversity, trends, opportunities and challenges in Australian grasslands – meeting the sustainability and productivity imperatives of the future?

  • Authors: Bell, LW, Hayes, RC, Pembleton, KG, Waters, CM
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

Grassland production systems contribute 40% to Australia’s gross agricultural production value and utilise over 50% of its land area. Across this area a broad diversity of systems exist, but these…

Infrastructure to improve beef business outcomes in the Queensland Gulf

  • Authors: Broad, KC, English, BH, Gunther, RA, Hegarty, ES, Rolfe, JW, Bray, SG
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

There are significant economic and environmental issues impacting on the short and long term viability of family-run breeding enterprises in the Queensland Gulf. Falling cattle prices and increased business costs…

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