2015: Atkinson Consulting Group (ACG)
Collaborative Action Research Project – Aboriginal Community Organisations and Government (current)
ACG is currently working with the Department of Justice and Regulation and the Community Sector Reform Council on improving the consultative process between the Victorian Government and Aboriginal organisations. Using the Loddon Mallee Aboriginal Reference Group as a case study, the project investigates and documents examples of effective networks and collaborative approaches with the view to developing a more streamlined approach to the integration of education, health, human services and justice activities.
2014: Atkinson Consulting Group (ACG)
Reconciliation Action Plan for Native Title Services Victoria (current)
ACG have been engaged by Native Title Services Victoria to a produce a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in accordance with Reconciliation Australia’s guidelines. The RAP identifies opportunities to promote reconciliation amongst stakeholders, outlines clear work practices and protocols and implements strategies to make improvements towards reconciliation within the organisation.
Active Indigenous engagement in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management research project (current)
The Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority is seeking to increase the involvement of local Aboriginal people in the management of natural resources in the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchments. As such, ACG is assisting Roberts Evaluation to engage with key Aboriginal groups in the region to identify their interests in environmental and agriculture projects. The engagement process has been designed to work with the requirements of each group and facilitate the links between the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority staff, the Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal people in the region.
Feasibility Study for the Northern Carers Network Aboriginal Healing Centre, SA (current)
ACG have been engaged to deliver a feasibility study of a proposed Healing Centre in Northern Adelaide. The study identifies service and business model options, as well as identifying land/sites, infrastructural requirements, staffing requirements, services, programs and funding considerations.
2013: Atkinson Consulting Group (ACG)
Cultural mentoring for Lifeline’s Domestic Violence Training Response (DiVeRT) program
ACG worked in collaboration with Roberts Evaluation to evaluate Lifeline’s Domestic Violence Response Training (DiVeRT) for general practices and health services. ACG was principally involved in data gathering and analysis, collecting quantitative and qualitative data to measure the effectiveness and impact of the DiVeRT Program. Future recommendations were also identified. The evaluation was Australia wide with the Indigenous research undertaken in Broome, Ceduna, Tennant Creek and Palm Island.
Galeena Beek community consultations for the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, Healesville, Victoria
ACG worked with the Healesville Indigenous community and the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (OAAV) to develop an effective and comprehensive strategy to seek the community’s views regarding the future of the Galeena Beek assets. Through an inclusive and transparent consultation process, the community expressed support for the Galeena Beek assets to be used towards developing a Belonging Place – a safe, inclusive and culturally welcoming place for use by the Healesville Aboriginal community. Community members see the Belonging Place as delivering an integrated service delivery hub for the Healesville Aboriginal community, as well as a space for cultural activity, arts production and tourism activities. ACG believes the comprehensive consultation process has clearly articulated the community’s vision and has delivered a valuable guide for future work required to design and develop the Belonging Place.
2012: Atkinson Kerr and Associates (AKA)
Wreck Bay Baseline Community Profile for FaHCSIA, NSW
Atkinson Kerr and Associates worked in collaboration with FaHCSIA and the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council (WBACC) to develop a Baseline Community Profile (BCP) for Wreck Bay. The BCP produced a demographic profile of the community, including details on funding, services, human and infrastructure assets and the successes and challenges within the community. The BCP was conducted through a comprehensive household survey of WBACC members residing within and outside the community and clearly identified the community’s resources and asset base.
Health management advisory services to Katungal Aboriginal Corporation Community & Medical Services for OATSIH, NSW
AKA was engaged to provide independent health management advisory services to the Special Administrator (SA). The SA was appointed to the Katungal Aboriginal Corporation Community & Medical Services (Katungal) by the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) after years of concern over the financial management and governance of Katungal. AKA provided recommendations on service management, service planning, service delivery and coordination and improvement of corporate governance. AKA held consultations with the SA, staff, selected current and former committee members, relevant local health service providers and other stakeholders, developing Action Plans for 2011/12 and 2012/13 and producing interim and final reports to OATSIH.
Review of ‘My Moolah’ program for the First Nations Foundation, Victoria
AKA completed a feasibility study on the application and delivery of the First Nations Foundation’s ‘My Moola’ program to Aboriginal people in metropolitan Melbourne. The methodology used for the project included an intensive consultation phase with the metropolitan Aboriginal service network, analysis of demographic data, examination of historical and cultural issues and identification of potential training providers and program participants.
2011: Atkinson Kerr and Associates (AKA)
Scoping project for a Healing Centre in Halls Creek, WA
The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing engaged AKA to scope a Healing Plan for Halls Creek. AKA were contracted to seek the community’s views on the function and form for a Healing Centre in Halls Creek. The project involved stakeholder consultations, field observations and the synthesis of a literature review, conducted over a five-week period in 2011. The final report included recommendations regarding infrastructure, services, programs and governance of the Healing Centre and provided a solid framework for the community, service providers and government to make progress developing a Healing Plan.
Identification of palliative care resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for DHA, Victoria
The Department of Health and Ageing (DHA) engaged AKA to gather information on all resources available on palliative care for Aboriginal and Torrer Strait Islander peoples. AKA critically assessed the evaluation undergone to produce the resources, identified gaps in information and assessed the need for further evaluation and development and/or distribution of culturally and linguistically appropriate resources on palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. AKA advised DHA to develop a stand-alone web-based ‘toolbox’ of palliative care resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, which would be adaptable to specific to local circumstances and languages, in addition to making existing resources readily and widely available.
City of Whitehorse Reconciliation Action Plan 2011-2015: community consultation and draft policy development, Victoria
After the City of Whitehorse’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) expired in 2010, Atkinson Kerr and Associates were engaged to facilitate the community engagement process and draft a progressive and appropriate RAP for 2011-2015.
Closing the health gap in the Hume Region: the Client Journey, for DHS, Victoria
The Department of Health (Victoria) has developed a project in the City of Hume area to address the existing inequities in health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Atkinson Kerr and Associates worked with Roberts Evaluation to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework and for a planned project under the Hume Region Closing the Health Gap strategy. The framework formed part of a proposed model for improving the journey of Aboriginal patients through health services.
Closing the health gap in the Hume Region: Cultural Competence, for DHS, Victoria
This project built on the work and information documented in the Client Journey project, focussing on increasing the cultural competence of the Aboriginal and universal mainstream health services (including hospitals) across the Hume Region. AKA developed a Cultural Competence Framework that was trialled with the Working Party. The Framework included standards, an audit tool, and training and resource materials for health services and community members.
2010: Atkinson Kerr and Associates (AKA)
Project to identify service models to improve access by Aboriginal people to dental services in Victoria for the Department of Health
AKA worked with the Wellbeing, Integrated Care and Aged Division of the Department of Health to identify potential service models to be implemented within the existing service system to improve Aboriginal people’s access to oral health services. AKA found that well-intentioned policy were affected by funding constraints and in some instances found a need for stricter adherence to policy. AKA recommended greater accountability and coordination towards meeting the policy goals of priority access for Aboriginal people.
Review of Health Service Delivery and provision of developmental support to Biripi Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre for OATSIH, NSW
AKA worked with OATSIH and the Biripi Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre Biripi’s auspiced services – Tobwabba and Werin Aboriginal Medical Services to improve their capacity to provide effective culturally appropriate primary health care services.
Evaluation of the Aboriginal Substance Misuse Connection Program (ASMCP) for DFC, SA
AKA was engaged by the Department of Families and Communities (DFC) to assess the achievement of the Aboriginal Substance Misuse Connection Program in five service centres: Byron Place, Hutt Street, Catherine House, Salvation Army Sobering Up Centre and the DASSA Withdrawal Service. AKA found that the ASCMP is an important program which addresses one of the most serious public health problems in South Australia. The program receives strong support from the Aboriginal community and health providers.
2009: Atkinson Kerr and Associates (AKA)
Strategic action plan: Closing the Gap in Indigenous health outcomes in the Gippsland region for the Department of Health, Victoria
AKA developed a ‘Gippsland Closing the Gap Strategic Action Plan’ for the Department of Health in 2009. This was achieved through conducting a needs assessment in priority areas, reviewing existing investments from both Commonwealth and State Governments, consulting with key stakeholders, and reviewing relevant scientific and grey literature on the effectiveness of strategies, specifically relating to intervention in the Aboriginal population.
Needs Study of Drug and Alcohol substance misuse services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, SA
AKA was engaged by the Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division of Department of the Premier and Cabinet to describe the needs of the Aboriginal communities in South Australia for substance misuse services and to make recommendations to guide future government investment. In pursuit of the aim to reduce the level of Aboriginal harmful substance misuse (over-representation) consistent with levels in the general community, AKA examined the extent and nature of Aboriginal substance abuse, government (Commonwealth, state and local) policy and planning, and current service scope and administration.
Economic development opportunities from increased access to land and natural resources for the Victorian Aboriginal Economic
Development Group (VAED), advising the Ministerial Taskforce on Aboriginal Affairs, Victoria
Atkinson Kerr and Associates gathered information and conducted analysis to identify the economic opportunities offering the greatest potential which can be generated from access to and use of natural resources for Indigenous people in Victoria. The evaluation included those likely to arise from potential Native Title reforms, in particular the sustainable commercial use and access to natural resources.
Organisational review of Gumbi Gumbi Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for OATSIH, QLD
This organisational review reviewed the governance, constitution, service delivery and human resource performance of the Gumbi Gumbi Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation.
2008: Atkinson Kerr and Associates (AKA)
Case-study evaluation of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement in Warmun, Midland, Port Hedland and Geraldton, WA
The project commissioned by the Western Australian Attorney-General’s evaluated the effectiveness of the Local Justice Forum program, an Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA) initiative, undertaken at the four locations.
Evaluation(s) of the Service Development and Reporting Framework Trial Sites
Evaluation of the Reporting Framework (SDRF) pilot trialled in 34 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and substance use services across Australia.
Facilitating Local Indigenous Network Development and Asset-Based Community Planning for the Department of Victorian Communities
AKA worked with communities in Swan Hill, Lakes Entrance, Maribyrnong and Whittlesea to engage and assist local Indigenous people in setting up their Local Indigenous Networks (LINs) and develop Local Community Plans.
Facilitated Koori Court Annual Conference for the Department of Justice, Victoria
AKA was engaged by the Department of Justice to facilitate the Koorie Court’s Annual Conference, with workshops informing the Koori Court Unit’s Strategic Plan for 2008 – 2011.
2007: Atkinson Kerr and Associates (AKA)
East Gippsland Indigenous Health Consortium
AKA facilitated the development of the Commonwealth’s Healthy for Life Program, under the Department of Health and Ageing.
Facilitated establishment of Local Indigenous Networks
AKA assisted local Indigneous people in the Maribyrnong, Werribee, Lakes Entrance and Whittlesea communities to establish Local Indigenous Networks. The project was commissioned by the Department of Community Development and Planning.
Evaluation of the Masters Degree Scholarship in Public Health for Indigenous Australians
AKA undertook the evalution of the Masters Degree Scholarship in Public Health for Indigenous Australian under the Public Health Branch, Department of Human Services.
2006: Atkinson Kerr and Associates (AKA)
The Way Ahead: Strategic Directions, Planning and Development Project
Consultation undertaken on behalf of Chiltern and District Health Service Inc.
Project to evaluate the Second Stage of the Service Development and Reporting Framework Trial Sites
Evaluation commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing, Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
2005: Atkinson Kerr and Associates (AKA)
Evaluation of the Better Outcomes in Mental Health and More Allied Health Services Initiatives, Summary
Evaluation completed for the Limestone Coast Division of General Practice.
Review of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement Agreement, Summary
AKA undertook this review for the Department of Justice, Victoria.
Access to Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Melbourne
Review commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
Project to Evaluate the Service Development and Reporting Framework Trial, Summary
AKA was commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing, Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
Grampians Region Palliative Care Plan 2005-2009
AKA was contracted by Grampians Region Palliative Care Consortium to undertake a review of the Grampians Regional Palliative Care Plan 2005-2009.
Indigenous Health Services in the Yarra Valley: Three Year Plan for the Transition of Governance
Department of Health and Ageing, Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
2004: Atkinson Kerr and Associates (AKA)
Waranga Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home (Rushworth): Needs Analysis and Service Plan (Goulburn Valley Health, 2004) Summary
Review of Primary Health Care Needs of the Indigenous Community in Swan Hill (Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, 2004) Summary
Victorian Homelessness Strategy Indigenous Service Mapping Project (Department of Human Services Office of Housing and the Aboriginal Housing Board of Victoria, 2004) Summary
2003: Atkinson Kerr and Associates (AKA)
Barwon South West and Grampians Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (Department of Justice, 2003) Summary
Purro Birik Social and Emotional Wellbeing Strategy 1999-2002: Evaluation Report (Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations Incorporated and the Department of Human Services Mental Health Branch, 2003) Summary
Review of Woolatbe Werna Social and Emotional Wellbeing Program (Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Victorian Department of Human Services Mental Health and Disability Services, 2003) Summary
Review of the Koori Needs for Community Based Palliative Care Services within the Grampians Region (Grampians Region Palliative Care Alliance and Victorian Department of Human Services, 2003)