Investing in the future: human and social service development in Northern Australia

Babacan, Hurriyet, and Gopalkrishnan, Narayan (2021) Investing in the future: human and social service development in Northern Australia. In: Wallace, Ruth, Harwood, Sharon, Gerritsen, Rolf, Prideaux, Bruce, Brewer, Tom, Rosenman, Linda, and Dale, Allan, (eds.) Leading From The North: rethinking Northern Australia development. Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia, pp. 45-80.

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Northern Australia is characterised by diverse populations living in communities that are regional, rural, remote or very remote. Northern Australia is challenged by critical factors that exacerbate aspects of spatial disadvantage. Northern Australia faces a significant range of social issues concerning the provision of, and access to, human and social services. These have major impacts on human development and social capital. This chapter explores the nature of disadvantage in Northern Australia and key challenges in the provision of human and social services, and argues that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach will not work given the diversity, governance, social, environmental and economic issues unique to Northern Australia communities. The chapter examines the nature of social issues and current health and human services investment in Northern Australia. It also examines service delivery models and governance frameworks and argues that there is a need to develop models that provide preventative, sustainable outcomes for communities into the future.

Item ID: 69796
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-76046-443-1
Keywords: Inclusive development, Northern Australia,Social Services, Social Capital
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Copyright Information: This title is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2021 03:58
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440407 Socio-economic development @ 60%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440902 Counselling, wellbeing and community services @ 40%
SEO Codes: 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230113 Structure, delivery and resourcing @ 100%
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