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Co-design and place-based approaches: Lessons from Indigenous-led initiatives in Australia’s primary health sector

Co-design and place-based approaches: Lessons from Indigenous-led initiatives in Australia’s primary health sector

In the wake of the unsuccessful 2023 referendum on constitutional recognition of First Nations Australians, governments and public agencies need to provide more effective policy support for Indigenous-led initiatives to meet Closing the Gap targets across sectors. The Indigenous-led primary health care sector can serve as a model, Dr Matt Fisher, Associate Professor Emma George and Professor Fran Baum from the University of Adelaide, Associate Professor Tamara McKean from Flinders University, and Professor Sharon Friel from the Australian National University write.

Co-design and place-based approaches: Lessons from Indigenous-led initiatives in Australia’s primary health sector

In the wake of the unsuccessful 2023 referendum on constitutional recognition of First Nations Australians, governments and public agencies need to provide more effective policy support for Indigenous-led initiatives to meet Closing the Gap targets across sectors. The Indigenous-led primary health care sector can serve as a model, Dr Matt Fisher, Associate Professor Emma George and Professor Fran Baum from the University of Adelaide, Associate Professor Tamara McKean from Flinders University, and Professor Sharon Friel from the Australian National University write.

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How to create societies for human wellbeing

How to create societies for human wellbeing

Dr Matt Fisher’s book, How to Create Societies for Human Wellbeing, highlights the need for policies addressing harmful environments and social conditions to improve psychological wellbeing. He urges Australian governments to go beyond GDP measures, advocating for systemic changes and community engagement.

“Let us just get on with it”: Hybrid working in the Australian Public Sector

“Let us just get on with it”: Hybrid working in the Australian Public Sector

Hybrid working is no longer the ‘the new normal’, but is an embedded, business as usual practice. Know how managers in the Australian Public Service can foster flexibility, autonomy, and trust to enhance team performance. Here are some ways based on a study by Dr Uma Jogulu and Dr Judy Lundy from Edith Cowan University, Professor Sue Williamson from UNSW, and Dr Helen Taylor from Charles Sturt University.

The case for wellbeing policy

The case for wellbeing policy

Dr James Gordon from the Australian National University talks about wellbeing policy and how focusing on individual or community-level indicators leads to overall societal wellbeing. Read this article to learn effective ways to incorporate it in your work today.

AI and the future of governance

AI and the future of governance

Artifical Intelligence (AI) is transforming the way the public purpose sector operates. In this special event summary and podcast episode, IPAA Victoria explores emerging risks and opportunities for the public sector.