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The National Best Practice Unit Tackling Indigenous Smoking (NBPU TIS) Advisory Group met in Adelaide last week with excellent attendance, enthusiasm and progress. The NBPU TIS also hosted a jurisdictional workshop for 45 people at Nunkuwarrin Yunti in Adelaide.
In a jam-packed day, presenters gave a practical overview of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking programme, Quitline, Quitskills, and the role of the National Best Practice Unit.

Attendees included Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service from NSW, and three organisations from SA: Pangula Mannamurna, Nunkawarrin Yunti and Aboriginal Health Council SA (which included staff from Whyalla, Ceduna, Yalata and Port Lincoln).

"The NBPU TIS workshop was informative, inspiring and a great opportunity to meet with a variety of stakeholders all in one place” said Andrew Schultz, Team Manager Tackling Indigenous Smoking at Nunkawarrin Yunti. 

Attendees at the Adelaide workshop hosted at Nunkawarrin Yunti
The smoking rates in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population are still double the rate of the general population. But the news is getting better. South Australia is leading the way in cutting smoking rates with a 10.7 percent drop from 48.9 percent in 2008 to 38.2 per cent in 2014-2015 Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show.

You can find information on the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Resource and Information Centre

One of the many services we provide is project evaluation. It’s an often-overlooked or downplayed part of project management, but effective and accurate evaluation not only gives valuable insight, but can inform the business case for future projects and funding applications.
As such, the Indigenous Eye Health Unit (IEHU) at the University of Melbourne has engaged us to conduct an independent evaluation of the Trachoma Health Promotion Project in six remote Australian communities.
Once we determined the evaluation requirements, a Ninti One team, including four of our Aboriginal Community Researchers, ran a workshop with IEHU staff to establish appropriate evaluation methodology.
Right now, field work is well underway with our Senior Research Officers and Aboriginal Community Researchers completing interviews and focus groups directly with target communities in NT and SA.
This is what makes our service so unique: we have the insight, on-the-ground networks and cultural understandings to quickly and effectively get the information you need from anywhere in remote Australia.

It’s early days and researchers are already finding that Aboriginal children have high awareness of the Trachoma project, with strong recognition of the mascot, Milpa. There is also much evidence of them completing projects in school and child care centres around the messaging of Clean Faces Strong Eyes.


Top: Ninti One ACRs and the Indigenous Eye Health Unit staff 
Bottom: Maureen Abbott conducting a focus group in Lajamanu. Photo's Laurie Berryman.

Left: Kids completing projects e-messaging of Clean Faces Strong Eyes
Right: Trachoma Health Promotion mascot Milpa
If you want to know what it’s going to take to create a digital revolution in the Northern Territory, then get along to the 7th Annual Northern Territory Major Projects Conference
Ninti One’s Senior Policy Adviser, Apolline Kohen will talk about how unlocking the digital potential of Northern Australia will ignite economic growth in remote areas, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Find out why building digital access and capabilities in communities is key to fully realising the opportunities of the Northern Australia Development Agenda.
We’re second to none when it comes to insight, expertise, connections and creating opportunities for remote Australia and the people who live there. 
For this reason, we joined more than 600 philanthropists, managers of philanthropic organisations and grant-seekers at the 2016 Philanthropy Australia national conference in Sydney last month, to help them understand how to make meaningful and wise investments in the future of remote Australia. 
The theme, Is Philanthropy Future-Ready? provoked conversations about greater collaboration, the importance of supporting capacity building and systems change, and delivering tangible outputs: just like Ninti One’s manifesto! You can read more here
If you’re considering investing in remote Australia, we can advise you on how to ensure your dollar best reaches those in need.

Attendees at the 2016 Philanthropy Australia national conference in Sydney last month
We are delighted to have welcomed Sharon Forrester to the Ninti One team as a Senior Research Officer earlier this month. Sharon has extensive experience in programs that assist prevention and minimisation of the impact of social, health, environmental and economic well- being issues of Aboriginal communities.
Sharon’s role includes working collaboratively to plan, implement and coordinate projects involving Aboriginal Community Researchers based in remote communities across Australia. She will be based in our Alice Springs office and can be contacted at or 08 7905 5512.
Congrats to Ninti One employee Laurie Berryman, who paved the Alice Springs roads with gold at the recent Masters Games. Laurie won an outstanding EIGHT gold medals: four in road racing (Road Time Trial, Road Race 60km, Road Criterium, Street Sprint) and four in mountain bike racing (Night Enduro, Short Track, Hill Sprint, Cross Country). 
We need a lie down just listing all of that, so well done Laurie.
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For the past five years, the Interplay Project has been working with Aboriginal communities in remote Australia to represent their values and priorities in a wellbeing framework to guide policy.
No easy feat, since Aboriginal knowledge is passed on through stories, and governments mainly speak the language of numbers. So, the Interplay researchers asked Aboriginal people about their values and goals in life, and worked out how these can be measured, in order to show their importance to government. 
The result of this significant work is the Interplay Wellbeing Framework, which unites Aboriginal priorities of culture, empowerment and community with government priorities of education, employment and health.
The Framework, together with its data collection and visualisation tools, will be used to evaluate the impacts of wellbeing services and programs. It’s supported by a series of fascinating video documentaries that are not to be missed.
Check out the CRC-REP Interplay Wellbeing Framework here or for more information contact Assoc. Prof. Sheree Cairney

Interplay Wellbeing Framework

The Art Economy research project has released a paper that examines the attempts to build international audiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art over the last 40 years.
The paper provides an analysis of various promotional initiatives; discusses the role of the Aboriginal Art Boards (AAB), commercial galleries and private collectors; and explores the current barriers to generating a global audience.
It concludes with an interesting perspective, but we’re not going to spoil the storyline here. Download the report and have a read.

The evolution of painting, as artists work on new mediums - in this case tin cups. Photo: Tim Acker

One is made of dirt and traverses the outback; the other is made of bitumen and sees up to 74,000 cars a day. Yet an outback highway and Paramatta Road both compete for the same resources.

In a time when infrastructure resources are scarce, we need to be asking how to maximise and manage what we have with what we need, and how experiences in one part of Australian can help shape another.

If transport, infrastructure, planning or frameworks drive you, join our Transport Futures Research Officer, Bruno Spandonide at the Australasian Transport Research Forum from 16-18 November in Melbourne where he will be presenting a workshop on these themes.
In the continuing series of Field Days designed to give cattle producers first-hand experience of the Precision Pastoral Management Tools, North-West Queensland has had its turn.
Approximately 30 producers attended the event at Dalgonally Station, which is located 80km north of Julia Creek and 189km north east of Cloncurry. Owned and managed by AACo (Australian Agricultural Company), the property runs predominantly Brahman cattle, and is a growing out station for cattle from the breeding stations. 
We would like to thank AACo for co-hosting this event, and for participating as a research site for the past three years. Our final Field day for the year is being held at Undoolya Station in the Northern Territory on the 3 November 2016. To read more about the event visit here.

Discussion around the RLMS at Polly's paddock, Dalgonally Station. Photo Sally Leigo
In memory of our friend and esteemed colleague Dr Steve Blake who passed away earlier this year, Ninti One Executive and CRC-REP have announced a series of awards to recognise the contributions that have made a difference in remote Australia in the areas of academia, students, collaboration, and Aboriginal Community Researchers. These awards will be announced during our final CRC-REP event, Remote Australia LIVE to be held in Alice Springs on the 11 April 2017.  Stay tuned to this newsletter or contact Kevin Williams for more information.
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Undoolya Field Day
November 3, 2016

The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference
November 8 - 10, 2016
7th Annual Northern Territory Major Projects Conference
November 8, 2016 – November 9, 2016
Australasian Transport Research Forum
November 16, 2016 - November 18, 2016
National Primary Health Care Conference
November 23, 2016 - November 25, 2016
Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations Conference (IBECC)
December 1 - 2, 2016
Ninti Networks, Sydney
December 7, 2016




Journal articles
Schultz R and Cairney S. in press. Integrating health of people and country to enhance wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Medical Journal of Australia.
Wilson B, Guenther J and Cairney S. in press. The role of education in the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from remote communities (review). Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues. 19, 3.
Conference presentations, seminars, workshops
Baker D, Blackwell B and Rice J. 2016. Farm cooperatives and collaboration pilot program. Research Roundtable Areas of Interest from UNE Business School. 29-30 August. Kingscliff, NSW.
Cairney S. 2016. Interplay Wellbeing Framework: Cultural indicators and the holistic nature of Aboriginal health. National Primary Health Care Conference: Primary health care - building a strong preventative foundation for a healthy Australia. 23-25 November. Melbourne.
Cairney S, Abbott T, Wilson B and Quinn S. 2016. Social, cultural and empowerment indicators from the Interplay Wellbeing Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote Australia. The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference: Identity, Knowledge, Strength. 8-10 November. Melbourne.
Holyoak N, Spandonide B, Stazic B and Sito R. 2016. A transport carbon vulnerability story. Climate Adaptation 2016: Change, Challenge, Opportunity. 5-7 July. Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide. Slideshare here.
Jacobsen D. 2016. Cultural competency. Guest lecture delivered to Learning for Future Careers. August. Southern Cross University, Bilinga.
Acker T. 2016. Somewhere in the world: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and its place in the global art market. CRC-REP Research Reports CR017. Ninti One Limited. Alice Springs. PDF here.







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