Indigenous Wellbeing

This theme encompasses a range of research topics that have implications for how policy and practice can be formulated to promote the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, along with critical assessment of existing policies against that goal.  Two foci have been the link between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identity and engagement, wellbeing and other socio-economic outcomes; and empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in ways consistent with their cultural aspirations, such as through improved Native Title management and culturally aligned enterprise development. A further objective is to promote the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people themselves in the research, with an initial step being the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for research collaboration with Fitzroy Valley Futures.

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Identity and support for policies towards Indigenous people: evidence from Australia Astghik Mavisakalyan, Yashar Tarverdi This paper adds to knowledge on the role of politicians’ and voters’ identities in influencing policy-making in societies marked by ethnic inequality. The outcome we investigate is the initiatives and policies targeting Indigenous populations in the context of Australia. We... Read article 8 May 2023Journal Articles Read More
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Remote housing for Indigenous children in the Fitzroy Valley, Western Australia: A case study Michael Dockery, Erica Sykes Poor-quality and overcrowded housing in remote communities in Australia is widely seen to negatively impact Indigenous children’s health and development. Despite widespread reports of, in some instances, quite appalling housing conditions, recent analyses of data from the Longitudinal Study of... Read article 22 December 2022Journal Articles Read More
Pilbara Water Resources Situational Analysis Mike Mouritz, Owen Hightower, Helen Cabalu, Brett Harris, Cynthia Joll, Stephen van Leeuwen, Robyn Heckenberg, Michael Dockery, Andrew Dowding Water is a critical resource in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, a vast and diverse landscape that has been home to more than 31 Aboriginal language groups for at least 50,000 years. It is also home to globally significant... Read article 16 December 2022Research Reports Read More
Inequality and access to services for remote populations: An Australian case study Julieta Rottemberg, Milad Ghasri, Hanna Grzybowska, Michael Dockery, Travis Waller Almost half of the world population lives in rural and remote areas facing more challenging and hazardous life conditions than the rest of the population. This paper and proposed method contribute to addressing an apparent gap in modelling travel-related decisions... Read article 13 October 2022Journal Articles Read More
2022 Women’s Report Card Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Silvia Salazar The 2022 Women’s Report Card sets out the status and current state of play of women in Western Australia, and in doing so, helps to track progress to achieving better outcomes for women. As is the case to varying degrees... Read article 4 August 2022Research Reports Read More