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Updated driver medical standards

17 October 2016

Improved guidance for health professionals is a key feature of the updated driver medical standards contained in the latest edition of Assessing fitness to drive, which came into effect on 1 October 2016.

Kimberley drive program vital in breaking youth crime cycle

1 June 2016

Hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), are steering in the right direction thanks to the success of a local driver training scheme.  The Broome and Lombadina Aboriginal Driver Training Program, delivered by Life Without Barriers, was established to divert Aboriginal people away from the criminal justice system and help boost job readiness.  More than 230 Broome residents have participated in the initiative, administered by the Department of the Attorney General and funded by Royalties for Regions. Now in its third year, the program teaches participants road rules and how to drive safely and responsibly.

Broome Indigenous driver training gets boost

2 May 2016

A new driver training vehicle for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in and around Broome, Western Australia (WA) will the help of Commonwealth Bank contributions of $4,000 annually over the next five years.  The Broome-based Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation (NAC) said there were 40 clients on its waiting list for driver training.

Little progress in Indigenous targets

13 February 2015

The latest Closing the gap report has revealed little progress on eliminating the disadvantages Indigenous Australians experience in health, school and work.

Road safety award for Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Corporation's driving academy

23 January 2015

The Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Corporation was the recipient of the Indigenous road safety award at the recent National road safety awards in Queensland, for their program, Red dirt driving academy.

How can a driving licence improve health?

1 December 2014

Simply getting a driving licence can have enormous benefits for young Aboriginal people.

NT's speed trial's deadly risk

31 January 2014

Medical groups are calling on the Northern Territory (NT) Government to abandon its trial of open speed on the Stuart Highway.

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.

Surveys of regional and remote road users in WA

20 May 2013

Western Australia's Office of Road Safety is seeking to better understand vehicle use and requirements for regional and remote drivers, and to improve the usage rate of safer vehicles in regional and remote WA.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.

Embracing child restraint safety in the APY Lands

20 December 2012

A pivotal Indigenous road safety program that focuses on child restraint education is being rolled out to four more remote communities in South Australia in the coming months.

Aboriginal corporation wins National Road Safety Award

27 November 2012

Playful Beginnings Aboriginal Corporation has won the 2012 Australian Road Safety Awards - Indigenous Road Safety category for The road, my mob and me program, announced during the national final and gala dinner held in Sydney.

Indigenous Road Safety Award finalists announced for the Australian Road Safety Awards

26 October 2012

Playful Beginnings Aboriginal Corporation and Hypodrive have been announced as finalists in the Indigenous Road Safety Award category of the Australian Road Safety Awards 2012.

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Free driving lessons for young NT learner drivers

9 August 2012

Young learner drivers in the Northern Territory (NT) will now have access to free driving lessons under a new industry funded road safety initiative, launched in Darwin.

Indigenous and disadvantaged community road safety focus at national conference

1 August 2012

Indigenous Australian and disadvantaged community road safety will be a major focus of the forthcoming Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) national conference.

NT releases its new Homelands policy

1 August 2012

The Northern Territory (NT) Government's new Homelands policy will see $300 million invested in homelands infrastructure in the NT over the next ten years.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.

Koori bus licence scheme set to allow more people to get about safely

12 July 2012

A new project in Lismore, New South Wales, will allow 10 local Aboriginal people to get a licence to drive a bus, and about 20 learners to get their P-plates.

Driver program in the Northern Territory aims to reduce road toll

5 July 2012

A driver training program operating in remote communities in the Northern Territory (NT) is working to improve the safety of Indigenous territorians.

Indigenous drink driving licensing kit available for Western Australians

24 April 2012

The Office of Road Safety in Western Australia (WA), on behalf of the Road Safety Council, has created an educational resource to make the process of getting a driver's licence easier, and to spread the word about drink driving.

Driver training courses take L-plates to outback

3 April 2012

A new driver education program is being rolled out in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

Road safety is everyone's business

3 April 2012

That is the key message of the North West Road Safety Alliance (NWRSA) which has brought together key agencies working towards safer roads in Queensland since 2002.

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.

Indigenous V8 Supercar team to support national road and driver-safety program

6 March 2012

Kelly Brothers, one of Australia's most successful teams, have united with the Mildura Aboriginal Corporation to launch Dreamtime Racing in the V8 Supercar Development Series.

Successful Aboriginal driving program seeks funding with Department of Attorney General and Justice visit

21 February 2012

More than 140 Aboriginal people have gained their drivers licence and New South Wales' (NSW) first Indigenous driving instructor, Bucky Robinson, is employed due to a free driving program provided by Adult Community Education (ACE) Community Colleges.

Road safety workbook for Indigenous children launched at Campbelltown

14 February 2012

Indigenous children in the Macarthur region will soon learn road safety using a new workbook, The road, my mob and me, which was launched at the Campbelltown Bicycle and Road Safety Education Centre in February.

Road safety podcasts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now online from Brisbane Indigenous Media Association

8 February 2012

As part of the Stayin' strong project, Brisbane Indigenous Media Association Projects (BIMA Projects) has released a series of short podcasts about road safety and community health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Time to nominate excellent local governments (Indigenous, rural health, roads and more...)

12 January 2012

Entries are now being sought for a competition that recognises local government achievements in Indigenous community engagement, reconciliation, rural and remote health and improving services to remote communities.

Driving simulator for APY lands

8 December 2011

A simulator is being used to teach people in the remote Aboriginal lands of South Australia how to cope with city driving conditions.

Award for new road safety program in Queensland

24 October 2011

A Townsville teacher has been recognised for developing a road safety program to help educate Indigenous people about road safety issues and the dangers of drink-driving.

New DVD focuses on improving road safety for Indigenous Australians

14 July 2011

The Australian Government has launched the DVD Being safe, not sorry in conjunction with the National Road Safety Council focusing on practical ways to improve road safety for Indigenous Australians.
Last updated: 17 October 2016
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