02
Mar 15

Writing a New Story for Indigenous Australians

The most recent Closing the Gap report shows that of all the goals in the Closing the Gap, the issue of Indigenous employment is the only area in which the gap is widening. Although areas such as child mortality and Year 12 graduation are on track, all other aims are not being met at their … Continue reading Writing a New Story for Indigenous Australians

04
Nov 14

Breaking the cycle to improve Indigenous outcomes in education

The Federal Government have been increasingly vocal in recent months in relation to Indigenous outcomes, specifically their vision for a world-class higher education system that builds on better pathways for Indigenous students. Participation and quality have been identified as two major challenges. Improving school attendance is an obvious challenge but digging deeper it is clear … Continue reading Breaking the cycle to improve Indigenous outcomes in education

25
Sep 14

Indigenous Education to destroy ‘The Invisible Discriminator’

I am sure many of you have seen the ‘The Invisible Discriminator’ social advertisement by Beyond Blue which is now a well known social campaign that shows the devastating psychological effect that subtle racism has on Indigenous Australians.  When I first saw this ad on TV, it glued me to the screen and made me wonder … Continue reading Indigenous Education to destroy ‘The Invisible Discriminator’

19
Aug 14

Building Aspirations through Mentoring & Support

For as long as she can remember, Amanda Nissen the Executive Director of Indigenous Support Services has been immersing herself within rural Indigenous Communities. She often spends weeks (at a time) in remote locations teaching and learning culturally appropriate methods of engagement that ultimately promote the sustainable future for Indigenous people. The key element to creating … Continue reading Building Aspirations through Mentoring & Support

13
Aug 14

University Mentoring Seeks to Close the Gap

Here at Criterion we run a number of conferences specifically targeted at policy regarding Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Australians, such as the upcoming Service Delivery and Housing conferences. While we run these discussions, we do so in the hope that they will soon be irrelevant. There are few organisations which would actively seek to … Continue reading University Mentoring Seeks to Close the Gap

25
Jul 14

Closing the Gap in Indigenous Education

Not everyone can be taught the same way, we all respond differently due to a variety of different reasons. From a western perspective we may view a typical teaching lesson as a student with a pen writing answers on a piece of paper, though from an Indigenous perspective there is a strong emphasis placed on … Continue reading Closing the Gap in Indigenous Education

30
Jun 14

Housing is one of the base requirements – so why the inadequacy?

‘ment efforts [to fix Aboriginal houses] prove the most expensive and least effective’. – Sydney Morning Herald. It’s amazing what members of society take for granted. After work we go home – whether it’s a house, villa, townhouse or apartment, the majority of us have a sanctuary to call ours – it is our place … Continue reading Housing is one of the base requirements – so why the inadequacy?

16
Apr 14

Strengthening community networks to improve indigenous service delivery

Like some people, I know little about aboriginal history and the complexity of issues that the Indigenous Australians face in community life. Lately, there have been many discussions about policies and plans surrounding the topic on indigenous affairs. I was curious to find out more and did some research on this topic, it is clear … Continue reading Strengthening community networks to improve indigenous service delivery