Event Details

Date & Time: 
Thursday, 18 October 2012 - 12:00pm

Crowding in Aboriginal households in Mt Isa

Kelly Greenop, Lecturer, School of Architecture

This presentation outlines a case study in Mt Isa that uses an alternative measure of crowding to the one used by the Australian government. The study, part of a larger AHURI study on Indigenous crowding in non-metropolitan centres, defined and measured crowding as self-reported stress caused by high numbers in a household. Cultural and structural factors that influence high household numbers in many Mt Isa Aboriginal houses, and coping mechanisms utilised to moderate stress are also discussed.

Kelly Greenop is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Architecture’s Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC). Her PhD, about to be submitted, is on place attachment, identity and sense of sovereignty of an Indigenous community.

Response to Indigenous homelessness in Mt Isa

Dr Daphne Nash, Research Fellow, AERC, School of Architecture and ISSR

This presentation gives an example of a good practice response to Indigenous homelessness in Mt Isa, the Jimaylya Topsy Harry Centre (JTHC). In the context of high levels of homelessness and alcohol abuse within the Indigenous Australian community, JTHC integrates a managed drinking environment with a range of support services, particularly in education, employment and housing. This presentation offers an overview of the Centre, its programs, successes and challenges, and highlight s the gaps in services for homeless Indigenous people in remote north-western Queensland.

As a Research Fellow at the AERC, Daphne Nash is involved in land management and social policy projects. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Cross-cultural Research.