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    Scott

    There is a reason why NSW leads Australia in terms of Indigenous outcomes in Education/life expectancy etc…only 3% of Indigenous people live in Remote/Very Remote areas of NSW.(ABS Census 2011)

    Compare that to 18% in QLD, 39% in WA and almost 80% in NT.
    Its clear that remoteness is an issue. State and Federal governments should be encouraging young families to move closer to regional centres to improve outcomes. Investing money in these remote communities will not improve things.

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    Melissa Sweet

    Melissa Sweet

    Scott, you need to read more widely.

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    Scott

    Thanks for the advice, Melissa. One could also argue that if we disagree, maybe i have read more widely than you have.

    But, if only groupthink is required on the comments page of croakey, I will, in future, keep my comments to myself to preserve the purity of the page.

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    Melissa Sweet

    Melissa Sweet

    This text, Working Together, is freely available online and the authors including leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals. It is a valuable compilation that you may find useful including the references cited: http://aboriginal.telethonkids.org.au/kulunga-research-network/working-together-2nd-edition-%281%29/
    Many authors highlight the importance of connection to country and culture for social and emotional wellbeing. They also highlight the importance of listening to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities and the longstanding evidence of harm arising out of government imposed “solutions”.
    The book also profiles many examples of community-led initiatives that are making a difference, helping to heal people traumatised by the history of colonisation in this country.
    It is part funded by the Aust Govt Dept of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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