Closing the Gap in Urban Aboriginal Disadvantage - the Limits of Secondary Aggregated Statistics

Deirdre Howard-Wagner

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    Closing the Gap: National Urban and Regional Service Delivery Strategy for Indigenous Australians came into effect on 2 July 2009. Its policy objective is to reduce statistical inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in urban and regional areas through the adoption of a comprehensive and integrated approach across seven strategic platforms or what the document refers to as Building Blocks. The seven Building Blocks are: early childhood, schooling, health, economic participation, healthy homes, safe communities and governance and leadership. This approach also recognises that: An Improvement in the area of one Building Block is heavily reliant on improvements made on other Building Blocks. Closing the Gap in urban and regional Indigenous communities focuses on: Boosting Indigenous demand for and take-up of services, strengthening first peoples leadership and family and community well-being, individual capacity and responsibility for decision-making about their own lives, together with changes to health, education, housing, early childhood development and employment (Closing the Gap 2009: B-60). Clearly, the needs of urban Aboriginal peoples differ from those Aboriginal peoples who live in small regional, rural and remote localities. For example, many urban Aboriginal communities are living off-country and governance structures differ to on-country or nation based Aboriginal communities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReflections, Intersections and Aspirations - 50 years of Australian Sociology
    Place of PublicationTBC
    PublisherTASA (the Australian Sociological Association)
    EditionPeer Reviewed
    ISBN (Print)978-0-646-91126-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventThe Australian Sociological Association - Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations - Melbourne, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …


    ConferenceThe Australian Sociological Association - Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations
    Period1/01/13 → …
    OtherNovember 25-28 2013
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