Nurturing Spiritual Well-being Among Older People in Australia: Drawing on Indigenous and non-Indigenous way of knowing – Australasian Journal on Ageing

ABSTRACT Aim: The meaning of spiritual well-being as a health dimension is often contested and neglected in policy and practice. This paper explores spiritual well-being from both an Indigenous and a non-Indigenous perspective. Method: We drew on Indigenous and non-Indigenous methodologies to explore the existing knowledge around spiritual well-being and its relationship with health. Results: The Indigenous perspective … [Read More] Nurturing Spiritual Well-being Among Older People in Australia: Drawing on Indigenous and non-Indigenous way of knowing – Australasian Journal on Ageing

Indigenous organisations have been ‘disadvantaged’ by grants program – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Paul Karp Opposition Indigenous affairs minister Shayne Neumann says Senate findings show the advancement strategy is “full of cuts and confusion” A $4.8bn Indigenous grants program has disadvantaged Indigenous organisations by awarding funds through competitive tenders, according to a Senate committee report. It also found the program has been plagued by … [Read More] Indigenous organisations have been ‘disadvantaged’ by grants program – The Guardian

Getting business booming: Report on the inquiry into barriers for small business employment – House of Representatives

FOREWORD – Extract The phrase ‘the engine room of the Australian economy’ has been used to describe the importance of small business time and again, and nothing could be truer. Comprising around 96 per cent of businesses in Australia, and employing over 4.5 million Australians, the small business sector is vital to the prosperity of … [Read More] Getting business booming: Report on the inquiry into barriers for small business employment – House of Representatives

Community Care for Indigenous Older People: An update – Australasian Journal on Ageing

ABSTRACT In this brief paper, we outline some important messages in the literature pertaining to community care for Indigenous older people. Such literature has been scarce until relatively recently. These key messages are particularly important as aged care sector reforms are implemented. We highlight significant research findings concerning health, care preferences and service delivery challenges … [Read More] Community Care for Indigenous Older People: An update – Australasian Journal on Ageing

New: Aged Care Latest News – DPS News

A selection of articles viewed 16 March 2016 BrainyApp makeover to train your brain BRAINYAPP, the free app that can help people improve their brain health, has been upgraded to reflect the latest scientific research, engage more with users and still includes games and trivia for an element of fun. Improving mental health support of … [Read More] New: Aged Care Latest News – DPS News

How community-based innovation can help Australia close the Indigenous gap – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Mark Moran, Chair of Development Effectiveness, The University of Queensland. There is a strong bipartisan consensus that Australia needs to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. It is a credit to the federal government that it has remained consistent in monitoring progress. But while maintaining these targets is important, Australia clearly has … [Read More] How community-based innovation can help Australia close the Indigenous gap – The Conversation

Dementia and Ageing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: Is there cause for concern? – DTSC

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have higher rates of chronic disease, worse health outcomes and higher mortality than the general Australian population at all ages. Recently, an increased risk of dementia and other diseases of ageing have also been identified within remote and urban Aboriginal communities in people aged 45 and over but much … [Read More] Dementia and Ageing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: Is there cause for concern? – DTSC

New research shows Jobs For Families Child Care Package will further disadvantage most vulnerable Indigenous children – SNAICC

Extract SNAICC, Australia’s national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, today reveals telling results from new research from Deloitte Access Economics outlining the impact key components of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package will have on Indigenous children and families. With Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children twice as likely to … [Read More] New research shows Jobs For Families Child Care Package will further disadvantage most vulnerable Indigenous children – SNAICC

Event – AAG 2016 Conference Call for Abstracts – Australian Association of Gerontology

Canberra, 2-4 November 2016 The Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) is hosting its 49th Conference in Canberra from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 November 2016. The theme for the 2016 Conference is “Capitalising on the Ageing Dividend: Reimagining Our Future”. In Canberra, the nation’s centre of government, this conference will provide an opportunity to explore the … [Read More] Event – AAG 2016 Conference Call for Abstracts – Australian Association of Gerontology

Watching Brief: Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015 – Parliamentary Library IAA

Extract from a bills digest by James Haughton, Social Policy Section The Bill is a significant shift in Coalition policy on employment and welfare policy in remote areas with predominantly Indigenous populations, creating more local administrative flexibility, opportunities for intermittent part-time and casual employment, and recognising that remote employment markets may not create sufficient full-time work and … [Read More] Watching Brief: Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015 – Parliamentary Library IAA

Amnesty International Report 2015/16: Australia – AI

As Australia heads into an election year and steps up its bid for a UN Human Rights Council seat, now is the time to show human rights leadership. Yet, Australia is missing the chance to be a world leader on human rights due to its failures on Indigenous and refugee rights and new draconian laws. … [Read More] Amnesty International Report 2015/16: Australia – AI

Report on Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Measures) Bill 2015 [Provisions]

Table of Contents View the report as a single document – (PDF 190KB) MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE (PDF 25KB) ABBREVIATIONS (PDF 8KB) LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 24KB) Chapter 1 – Introduction (PDF 53KB) Referral Background Key provisions and purpose of the Bill Financial impact Consideration of the Bill by other committees Conduct of the Inquiry … [Read More] Report on Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Measures) Bill 2015 [Provisions]

Literature review: Indigenous early childhood education, school readiness & transition programs to primary school – ACER

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience an educational trajectory that often differs from that of non-Indigenous Australians. As a heterogeneous group – with diverse cultural and social values, norms, practices and expectations – efforts to improve the educational plight of Indigenous Australians are faced with an added degree of difficulty … [Read More] Literature review: Indigenous early childhood education, school readiness & transition programs to primary school – ACER

Biggest reform to in-home aged care to affect Aboriginal elders, carers say – ABC Lateline

Extract from a transcript from a report by Norman Hermant Changes to federally funded care at home leads to confusion and complaints with carers saying Aboriginal elders are being affected. EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: It’s been described as the biggest reform to in-home aged care in a generation. Last year 70,000 Australian seniors who received federally funded … [Read More] Biggest reform to in-home aged care to affect Aboriginal elders, carers say – ABC Lateline

The State of Reconciliation in Australia report

Reconciliation Australia is proud to release the State of Reconciliation in Australia report. The first of its kind since 2000, the Report highlights what has been achieved under the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity, and historical acceptance and makes recommendations on how we can progress reconciliation into the next generation. … [Read More] The State of Reconciliation in Australia report

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