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Exploring Educational Engagement and Completion Rates of Aboriginal Students of a remote area of the Northern Territory: Woolaning

  • Authors: Walker, Lyndal, Wescombe-Down, D
  • Published: 2012

Exploring Educational Engagement and Completion Rates of Aboriginal Students of a remote area of the Northern Territory: Woolaning

Racism, social resources and mental health for Aboriginal people living in Adelaide

  • Authors: Ziersch, Anna, Gallaher, Gilbert, Baum, Fran, Bentley, Michael
  • Published: 2011

Background: This paper examines whether reported experience of racism by Aboriginal people living in Adelaide is negatively associated with mental health, and whether social resources ameliorate the mental health effects…

Retinopathy of prematurity: the high cost of screening regional and remote infants

  • Authors: Yu, Tzu-Ying, Donovan, Tim, Armfield, Nigel, Gole, Glen A.
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd
  • Published: 2018

Importance: Demand for Retinopathy of Prematurity screening, is increasing for infants born at rural and regional hospitals where the service is not generally available. The health system cost for screening…

The bush foods industry and poverty alleviation in central Australia

  • Author: Yates, P.
  • Published: 2009

The commercialisation of native species has some potential to contribute to the reduction of income poverty levels in remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. Aboriginal people hold significant knowledge, skill…

Proximate causes and possible adaptive functions of mast seeding and barren flower shows in spinifex grasses (Triodia spp.) in arid regions of Australia

  • Authors: Wright, Boyd R., Zuur, Alain F., Chan, Gary C. K.
  • Published: 2014

Mast seeding, the intermittent production of large synchronised seed crops among plant populations, is a phenomenon that occurs at exceptionally long intervals in spinifex grasses (Triodia spp.) from arid regions…

A review of male and female Australian indigenous entrepreneurs: Disadvantaged past - promising future?

  • Authors: Wood, Glenice J, Davidson, Marilyn J
  • Published: 2011

Purpose – Research in indigenous small business entrepreneurship in Australia is sparse. This paper aims to provide a review of the available literature culminating in a comprehensive model of characteristics,…

Urban Indigenous Housing Issues in Redfern

  • Author: Wilkinson, J.
  • Published: 2005

The majority of Indigenous Australians live in capital cities and regional centres and, as a result of a history of poverty and neglect, this group have experienced some of the…

The photovoice method: researching the experiences of Aboriginal health workers through photographs

  • Authors: Wilkin, Alice, Liamputtong, Pranee
  • Published: 2010

This paper discusses the methodological framework and perspectives that were used in a larger study aiming at examining the experience of working life among female Aboriginal health care workers. Currently,…

Revegetation with Australian native grasses – a reassessment of the importance of using local provenances

  • Authors: Whalley, R. D. B., Chivers, I. H., Waters, C. M.
  • Published: 2013

Many restoration guidelines strongly recommend the use of local sources of seed in native plant revegetation projects. These recommendations are based on assumptions that the species used for revegetation are…

The town dictates what I do: the leisure, health and wellbeing of women in a small Australian country town

  • Authors: Warner-Smith, P., Brown, P.
  • Published: 2002

The contribution of leisure to individual health and well-being is well documented. It is also clear that patterns of leisure activity are differentiated by gender and regional differences, as well…

Simulation of the spatiotemporal aspects of land erodibility in the northeast Lake Eyre Basin, Australia, 1980–2006

  • Authors: Webb, NP, McGowan, HA, Phinn, SR, McTainsh, GH, Leys, JF
  • Published: 2009

This paper explores spatiotemporal patterns in land erodibility in the northeast portion of the Lake Eyre Basin, Australia, using the Australian Land Erodibility Model (AUSLEM) in simulations from 1980 to…

Microsatellite markers in the Australian desert plant, Solanum centrale (Solanaceae)

  • Authors: Waycott, M., Jones, BL., Van Dijk, JK., Robson, HLA., Calladine, A.
  • Published: 2011

• Premise of the study: The first microsatellite primers were developed for Solanum centrale, a native Australian species used in the bush foods industry. Existing markers developed for other Solanum…

An Economy of Poverty? Power and the Domain of Aboriginality

  • Author: Walter, Maggie
  • Published: 2009

In this essay I argue that the domain of Aboriginality is constituted by non Aboriginal/Aboriginal relations of power whereby the State operates as a proxy for these relations. The domain…

Anpernirrentye: a Framework for Enhanced Application of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge in Natural Resource Management

  • Authors: Fiona J. Walsh , Perrurle V. Dobson, Josie C. Douglas
  • Published: 2013

Robust approaches to natural resource management (NRM) in indigenous cross-cultural contexts require coherent understandings of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (IEK) systems. We synthesize a framework to represent the traditionally derived worldview…

Assessing the impact and cost of short-term health workforce in remote Indigenous communities in Australia: A mixed methods study protocol

  • Authors: Wakerman,John, Humphreys,John, Bourke,Lisa, Dunbar,Terry, Jones,Michael, Carey,Timothy A, Guthridge,Steven, Russell,Deborah, Lyle,David, Zhao,Yuejen, Murakami-Gold,Lorna
  • Published: 2016

Background: Remote Australia is a complex environment characterized by workforce shortages, isolated practice, a large resident Indigenous population, high levels of health need, and limited access to services. In recent…

'Virtual Justice in the Bush': The Use of Court Technology in Remote and Regional Australia

  • Author: Wallace, Anne
  • Published: 2010

Courts and tribunals in Australia are making substantial investments in court technology, in particular, videoconferencing and broadband technology, as a way of delivering justice to remote and regional Australia. While…

Working from our strengths: Indigenous community engagement through enterprise development and training

  • Authors: Wallace, Ruth, Manado, Mark, Agar, Richard, Curry, Cathy
  • Published: 2009

Community engagement is predicated on partnerships that respect and recognise all stakeholders’ knowledge, strengths and needs. Effective approaches to training and workforce development in remote and regional communities use a…

Empowering Disenfranchised Learner Identities through EPortfolios

  • Author: Wallace, R
  • Published: 2009

To support VET participation, pedagogies need to recognize and respond effectively to the impact of the disparities between those students' realities and educational institutions’ assumptions about knowledge. This paper explores…

Burden of disease and injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: the Indigenous health gap.

  • Authors: Vos, T., Barker, B., Begg, S., Stanley, L., Lopez, A.D.
  • Published: 2009

Background Disparities in health status between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the total Australian population have been documented in a fragmentary manner using disparate health outcome measures. Methods…

After 80 years absence, Wuthathi people plan for the return and management of ancestral homelands on Cape York Peninsula

  • Authors: Ray Wallis, Arnold Wallis, Andrew Picone
  • Published: 2012

Summary The Wuthathi people from the Shelburne Bay area on the north-east coast of Cape York Peninsula have been displaced from their ancestral homelands since the late 1930s. Despite not…

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