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Indigenous: WA

2016

Western Australian Department for Child Protection and Family Support (2016)

Aboriginal services and practice framework 2016-2018.

Perth: Western Australian Department for Child Protection and Family Support

This report has been designed to support and sustain the Department for Child Protection and Family Supports commitment to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children, families and communities that come into contact with the child protection system. The resource identifies the vision, foundation elements, guiding principles and priority areas that will shape this commitment over the next three years.

The resource builds on the Aboriginal Services Framework 2012.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Department for Child Protection and Family Support

2015

Western Australian Department of Health (2015)

WA Aboriginal health and wellbeing framework 2015 - 2030.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health

This report aims to shape and guide how Western Australia (WA) Health and other agencies approach Aboriginal health for the next 15 years. The report has been developed to ensure Aboriginal people in WA have access to high quality health care and services, while assisting community to make good health a priority through a focus on prevention.

Production of the report involved extensive, statewide consultation to ensure the needs, interests and circumstances of Aboriginal people were adequately represented.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Department of Health

2014

West Australian Department of Health (2014)

Aboriginal Health impact statement and declaration for WA Health.

Perth, WA: West Australian Department of Health, Aboriginal Health

This report is the third component of the Western Australia (WA) Health Aboriginal cultural learning package, a suite of online cultural learning tools, training and resources which have been developed for all WA health staff. It aims to ensure that the needs, interests and circumstances of Aboriginal clients and employees are incorporated into the development of new and revised health services, policies, strategies, program practices and procedures.

Abstract adapted from West Australian Department of Health

2013

Western Australian Department of Education Services (2013)

Department of Education Services strategic plan 2013-2017.

Osborne Park, WA: Western Australian Department of Education Services

This report was designed to bring about better life outcomes for Aboriginal people through education and training. The plan reflects the voices of Aboriginal people and their desire for equity of outcomes in education and training.

Abstract from Western Australian Aboriginal Education and Training Council

2012

Aboriginal Health (2012)

Aboriginal men's health strategy 2012-2015.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

The Aboriginal men's health strategy 2012-2015 provides guidance for the Department of Health, Western Australia to work in partnership with non-government organisations and communities to improve the health of Aboriginal men. The strategy aims to improve the health outcomes for Aboriginal men to ensure that they live long and healthy lives, and is underpinned by the following principles:

  • every male in Western Australia has the right to receive high-quality health care, regardless of their cultural background
  • acknowledgement that Aboriginal men do not engage with health services and this should be addressed in service delivery models
  • a workforce that understands and addresses cultural links will provide improved health care for Aboriginal men
  • increased engagement with Aboriginal men, their families and communities will enhance the delivery of health services.

Abstract adapted from Department of Health, Western Australia

Aboriginal Health (2012)

WA Health Aboriginal cultural learning framework.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health

This resource builds on past efforts and activities to encourage all areas of WA Health to work together to make Aboriginal health everyone's business. The report aims to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people and is underpinned by the following principles:
  • every person in Western Australia has the right to receive high-quality health care, regardless of their cultural background
  • a workforce that understands and addresses cultural links will provide improved health care for Aboriginal people
  • embedding cultural learning within WA Health is a practical strategy to close the gap in Aboriginal health outcomes
  • increased Aboriginal consumer, carer and community involvement will enhance the delivery of health services.

Abstract adapted from WA Health

Aboriginal Maternity Service Support Unit (2012)

Women and Newborn Health Service: Aboriginal Maternity Service Support Unit: strategic plan 2010-2014.

Perth: Women and Newborn Health Service Western Australia

Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate (2012)

Western Australian health promotion strategic framework 2012–2016.

Perth: Department of Health, Western Australia

This report outlines Western Australia's health priorities for meeting its obligations under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH). It builds on the previous Framework (2007 - 2011), and plans to lower the incidence of avoidable chronic disease and injury by facilitating improvements in health behaviours and environments over the next five years.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Health (2012)

WA Health Aboriginal leadership strategy 2013–2016.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

The report has been developed to:

  • acknowledge and respond to Aboriginal voices in Western Australia Health
  • inspire Aboriginal leadership opportunities
  • address an essential component of the Aboriginal Cultural Learning Framework as a way to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Abstract adapted from Australia Department of Health

Edith Cowan University (2012)

Edith Cowan University reconciliation action plan 2012-2015.

Perth, WA: Edith Cowan University

This report aims to provide a learning environment that values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and knowledge within Edith Cowen University. The resource also endorses equal opportunities which respects diversity and equality.

Abstract adapted from Edith Cowen University

Family Planning Association of Western Australia (2012)

Family Planning Association of Western Australia reconciliation action plan.

Perth, WA: Family Planning Association of Western Australia

West Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs (2012)

Department of Indigenous Affairs: strategic framework 2012-2014.

Perth: West Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs

Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office (2012)

Drug and alcohol office reconciliation action plan 2012.

Perth: Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office

This report aims to prevent and reduce the impacts of alcohol and other drugs in the Western Australian community. The resource assists in understanding what is already being done in the reconciliation process with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and that reconciliation, is properly understood within the Drugs and Alcohol Office.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Western Australian Department of Child Protection and Family Support (2012)

Aboriginal services framework: December 2012 revised version.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Child Protection and Family Support

Western Australian Department of Planning (2012)

WA Aboriginal settlements guidelines.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Planning

The purpose of the report is to provide recognition of Aboriginal settlements through local planning schemes and strategies in Western Australia. The resources also aim to collaboratively plan for the orderly and coordinated development of Aboriginal settlements.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Department of Planning

Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development (2012)

Training together - working together: Aboriginal workforce development strategy.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development

This report on Aboriginal workforce development strategy is an initiative of the Western Australian Government developed in collaboration with Aboriginal communities and industry to increase the number of Aboriginal people in training for sustainable employment. It highlights six main findings:

  • there is a lack of connection and coordination between employers, job seekers and service providers, between State agencies and between State and Australian Governments that creates inefficiency and ineffectiveness
  • there are job opportunities for Aboriginal people but employers do not know how to successfully engage with them
  • one size does not fit all - locally responsive solutions are needed to address unique local issues
  • support for Aboriginal people transitioning from school to training, from training into jobs, from unemployment to employment is essential relationship-based mentoring is critical in helping individuals to make successful transitions into sustainable employment
  • there are major individual and institutional barriers to Aboriginal participation in the workforce - a strategic, systematic response is needed to remove these fundamental barriers
  • there is a need to raise awareness of Aboriginal employment opportunities and promote new Aboriginal role models.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development

2011

Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (2011)

Universal access to early childhood education for Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander universal access strategy.

Canberra: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

This report highlights the national agreements, reforms and associated developments that are relevant to achieving universal access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The resource also outlines the enrolment and attendance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in early childhood education in urban, regional and remote settings and across jurisdictions.

The report identifies four key focus areas:

  • increasing access to early childhood education
  • positive community awareness and engagement
  • quality early childhood programs and activities
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness of teachers and support staff.

Abstract adapted from Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations

Drug and Alcohol Office (2011)

Strong spirit strong mind : Aboriginal drug and alcohol framework for Western Australia 2011- 2015.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

This report was developed to provide guidance to key stakeholders, such as the alcohol and other drug sector and a broad range of government and non-government agencies, towards delivering culturally secure programs. The resource also aims to support Aboriginal ways of working to strengthen efforts to manage and reduce alcohol and other drug related harm in Aboriginal communities.

Abstract adapted from Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Department of Health (2011)

The second Western Australian Aboriginal sexual health and blood-borne virus strategy and regional implementation plan template 2010 to 2014.

Perth: Department of Health, Western Australia

This report provides direction and a framework for cooperation and support between all key stakeholders to reduce the transmission of, and morbidity and mortality caused by sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses, as well as minimise the personal and social impact of these infections in Aboriginal communities.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Department of Health

Western Australian Department of Planning (2011)

State planning policy 3.2 Aboriginal settlements.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Planning

This Western Australian (WA) state planning policy applies to the planning and development of Aboriginal settlements throughout WA. The policy requires that all Aboriginal settlements in WA have an endorsed Layout Plan. Each Plan must be developed in consultation with, and endorsed by, the resident community. Each plan must include a drinking water source protection plan.

This policy is informed by the recommendations of the 1991 Royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody. The Royal commission, among other things, looked at the relationship between poor living conditions in remote settlements and compromised life chances for Indigenous Australians. One of the recommendations of the Royal commission was that 'the provision of housing and infrastructure to Aboriginal people in remote and discrete communities, including the design and location of houses, take account of their cultural perceptions of the use of living space, and that budgetary allocations include provision for appropriate architectural and town planning advice to, and consultation with, the serviced community.''

This policy was gazetted in 2011 and supersedes the 2000 iteration. The policy is made under the WA Planning and Development Act 2005. State agencies and local government in WA need to take into account this policy to ensure integrated decision-making in planning for Aboriginal settlements.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Western Australian Nursing and Midwifery Office (2011)

Aboriginal nursing and midwifery strategic plan 2011–2015.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

2010

WA Country Health Service (2010)

WA Country Health Service Aboriginal employment strategy 2010-2014.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

This report aims to deliver a culturally respectful and competent service for Aboriginal people by:

  • providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to gain employment across all employment occupational groups, levels and locations
  • providing professional development opportunities for Aboriginal employees
  • increasing the cultural safety of the organisation.

Abstract adapted from WA Country Health Service

2009

Closing the gap: National Partnership agreement on remote Indigenous public internet access: implementation plan 2009-10 Western Australia (2009)

Commonwealth of Australia

This report looks at facilitating implementation of Closing the Gap: National Partnership agreement on remote Indigenous public internet access. The report includes information on:

  • target communities
  • mode of service delivery
  • performance benchmarks, timelines and reporting
  • promotion
  • funding.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Council of Australian Governments (2009)

National strategy for food security in remote Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Council of Australian Governments

Department of Health (2009)

Health care planning for children in care.

Paper presented at the WA Aboriginal Health Sector Conference 2009: Developing New Health Leadership. 25-26 March 2009, Fremantle

Goller J, Winter R, Hellard M, Aitken C, Downing S, Sacks-Davies R (2009)

Evaluation of the Western Australian sexual health and blood-borne virus action plans and Aboriginal sexual health strategy 2006 to 2008.

Perth, Western Australia: Communicable Disease Control Directorate, Department of Health

This resource evaluates the Western Australian (WA) Department of Health's public health response to sexual health and blood-borne virus in WA including the implementation of:

  • WA Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Action Plan 2006-20081
  • WA HIV/AIDS Action Plan 2006-20082
  • WA Hepatitis C Action Plan 2006-2008
  • WA Aboriginal Sexual Health Strategy 2005-2008.

Abstract adapted from Communicable Disease Control Directorate, Department of Health

Indigenous Implementation Board (2009)

Indigenous Implementation Board report to the WA Government 2009.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs

North Metropolitan Area Health Service (2009)

North Metropolitan Area Health Service: Aboriginal reconciliation and integration strategy.

Perth: Department of Health, Western Australia

This report is an overarching area-wide document that identifies strategies, suggested actions and targets for the individual North Metropolitan Area Health Service health service sites to acknowledge and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved in the health system.

These include:

  • Graylands Hospital
  • Joondalup Health Campus
  • Kalamunda Hospital
  • King Edward Memorial Hospital
  • Osbourne Park Hospital
  • Sir Charlie Gairdner Hospital
  • Swan District Hospital.

Abstract adapted from Department of Health, Western Australia

Office of Aboriginal Health (2009)

Indigenous youth health action plan for Western Australia.

Perth: Office of Aboriginal Health, Western Australia

Western Australian Department for Child Protection (2009)

Review of the Western Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander placement principles.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

2008

Ngangganawili Aboriginal Health Service (2008)

Ngangganawili Aboriginal Health Service: 2008-2013 strategic plan.

Wiluna, WA: Ngangganawili Aboriginal Health Service

Western Australian Department for Planning and Infrastructure (2008)

Reconciliation action plan 2008-2010: Western Australian Department for Planning and Infrastructure.

Perth, WA: Department for Planning and Infrastructure, Western Australia

2007

Crime Research Centre (2007)

WA Diversion Program – evaluation framework (POP/STIR/IDP): final report and summary report.

Perth: Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office

The summary report is an outline of three court based illicit drug diversion programs operating in Western Australia (WA). The programs include the Pre-sentence Opportunity Program (POP), Indigenous Diversion Program (IDP) and the Supervised Treatment Intervention Regime (STIR).

The final report evaluates the findings from these programs and also provides the outcomes of health and drug analysis, recidivism analysis, cost-benefit analysis and legal analysis.

Abstract adapted from Crime Research Centre

2006

Housing management and support policy (2006)

Department of Housing and Works Western Australia

Disability Services Commission (2006)

Access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities: policy and practice plan.

Perth, WA: Disability Services Commission

This policy and practice plan report has been developed to provide information and services to Indigenous people with a disability, their families, and carers. The key focus of the report is to encourage and support services to adopt culturally responsive strategies and programs aimed at involving Indigenous participants.

To facilitate implementation of the policy across the disability sector, the Commission will provide initial training and guidance across a range of areas including:

  • working in partnership with staff from Indigenous controlled agencies
  • linking with local Indigenous communities to provide information on services
  • adopting strategies to encourage employment of Indigenous staff
  • ensuring the cultural competence of non-Indigenous staff.

Abstract adapted from Disability Services Commission

Office for Women's Policy, Department for Community Development (2006)

Indigenous women's report card 2005, summary 2006.

Perth: Office for Women's Policy

Western Australian Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure Council (2006)

Western Australia's operational plan for Indigenous housing, infrastructure, and essential services, July 2006-June 2007.

Perth: Department of Housing and Works

2005

Aboriginal Road User Taskforce (2005)

Aboriginal road safety stakeholder: implementation manual.

Perth: Road Safety Council of Western Australia

In response to over-representation of Aboriginal people in road crash statistics, the Road Safety Council of Western Australia has introduced the Aboriginal road safety stakeholder - implementation manual, as a means of outlining contributing issues and circumstances, and identifying practical strategies for minimising deaths and injuries on Western Australian roads. The Implementation manual is part of the current five-year strategy - 'Arriving safely: Western Australian road safety strategy 2003-2007', which identifies pedestrian safety, unsafe travel, and drink driving, as the main road safety concerns identified in Aboriginal road crash statistics.

The manual and associated resources are designed to assist road safety stakeholders and others to identify priorities for action, and the most appropriate approaches to achieve successful outcomes.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Indigenous Affairs (2005)

Service provision to Aboriginal people in the town of Derby, West Kimberley.

Perth: Department of Indigenous Affairs

Drug and Alcohol Office (2005)

Strong spirit, strong mind: Western Australian Aboriginal Alcohol and Other Drugs Plan 2005-2009.

Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office, Government of Western Australia

This report was written to reflect the views and thinking of Aboriginal people working on issues of alcohol and other drugs in the Aboriginal community. Recommendations made in the report came from Aboriginal workers along with non-Aboriginal people working for agencies, both government and non-government, in the alcohol and other drugs and Aboriginal health areas.

Abstract adapted from Drug and Alcohol Office

Office for Women's Policy, Department for Community Development (2005)

Indigenous women's report card 2005.

Perth: Office for Women's Policy

This report provides baseline indicators for measuring the social and economic well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Western Australia. The aim is to utilise the evidence to improve outcomes for Indigenous women by driving change in government policy and assisting in appropriate service delivery. It will also identify gaps in the indicator data available and areas in which relevant data sets can be expanded or improved. The Indigenous Women's Congress provided guidance in the collection of information.

The report card provides details for Indigenous women on:

  • leadership and opportunity
  • work and economic independence
  • crime and justice
  • family community and culture
  • safety
  • mature aged women
  • health and disability.

The report findings highlight the disadvantages that Indigenous women in WA experience. On the positive side, indicator data suggest that Indigenous women in WA are maintaining their cultural identity and participating in cultural events at least as well as other Indigenous women across Australia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

WA Health Aboriginal cultural respect: implementation framework (2005)

Office of Aboriginal Health

Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program (2005)

Western Australian Aboriginal sexual health strategy 2005-2008.

Perth: WA Department of Health

The Western Australian Aboriginal sexual health strategy provides a framework for engaging communities and service providers to bring about improvements in sexual health. This report outlines how the strategy frames current needs within the context of relevant past policies, programs and strategies. Priority groups are identified, and there is specific reference to the prevalence and risk of STIs and HIV.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2004

Department of Indigenous Affairs (2004)

Services to Indigenous people in the Shire of Wiluna - mapping and gap analysis.

Perth: Department of Indigenous Affairs

Ellender G, Wilkerson A (2004)

Western Australian Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure Council strategic plan 2003/04-2006/07.

Perth: Western Australian Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure Council

Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs (2004)

Framework agreement between the Mulga Mallee Regional Council, the Department of Indigenous Affairs, and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs

The report focuses on addressing the needs of Aboriginal people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder region of Western Australia and agrees to the establishment of a framework to achieve sustainable social, cultural, economic and environmental development. The report sets a series of principles relating to reconciliation, respect for Aboriginal culture, promotion of equitable service delivery and openness to new approaches in funding and service delivery.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs

2002

Western Australian Department of Health (2002)

Healthy lifestyles 2002-2007: a strategic framework for primary prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Western Australia.

Perth: Department of Health, Western Australian Government

2000

Health Department of Western Australia (2000)

Western Australian Aboriginal Health Strategy: a strategic approach to improving the health of Aboriginal people in Western Australia [overview].

Perth: Aboriginal Health Division, Health Department of Western Australia

The report's purpose is to provide a long term strategic approach to improve the health of Aboriginal people in Western Australia. The report states that the objectives will be achieved when:

Aboriginal Western Australians:

  • are free of preventable and premature death, disease and disability
  • have access to adequate health resources
  • have cultural needs respected within all health services
  • have the capacity to action decisions about their individual, family and community lives
  • play an appropriate role in the health system's decision making on matters that might affect their health and wellbeing, their culture or their capacity to be self-determining.

Abstract adapted from Australia Department of Health

 
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