04
Nov 15

Predictable & Preventable: Aboriginal People with Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System

Below is a case study taken from ‘A predictable and preventable path: Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities in the criminal justice system’ – a new report by Eileen Baldry, Ruth McCausland, Leanne Dowse and Elizabeth McEntyre from UNSW. Michael is an Indigenous man in his mid-20s. He was diagnosed as a child as … Continue reading Predictable & Preventable: Aboriginal People with Cognitive Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System

12
Mar 15

Future of Indigenous Programs Unclear with the Release of IAS Funding

The first round of IAS funding has made clear that not all Indigenous programs will continue to be supported by the government. As part of a new streamlined system, the Indigenous Advancement Strategy places all programs into five groups: Jobs, Land and Economy Children and Schooling Safety and Wellbeing Culture and Capability Remote Australia Strategies … Continue reading Future of Indigenous Programs Unclear with the Release of IAS Funding

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

19
Jan 15

Child abuse numbers reach record highs

The latest Department of Human Services annual report stated a spike in child abuse notifications. The report states that “there were 64 cases of substantiated abuse of children in out-of-home care completed last year, which includes physical and sexual abuse, up from 54 the previous year.” In a different report by the Commission for Children … Continue reading Child abuse numbers reach record highs

05
Dec 14

Warren Mundine outlines 10 recommendations to improve Indigenous education outcomes

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 Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council Warren Mundine made a keynote address at the ‘Indigenous Education & Transitions’ conference on the 25th November in Sydney. Mr Mundine opened his address by comparing the journey for improving outcomes for Indigenous students as clearing a forest; it begins by clearing the first tree. Mr Mundine outlined 10 … Continue reading Warren Mundine outlines 10 recommendations to improve Indigenous education outcomes

03
Oct 14

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Housing Conference key take aways

The start of October is usually the start of the wet season across northern Australia. I arrived in Darwin on the 21st September, just in time to experience the last few days of the dry season, a humid heat that I had never experienced before. There was a sense of anticipation in the air, the wet … Continue reading Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Housing Conference key take aways

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