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LIVING SKILLS PROGRAM APY LANDS
PLANNING, DESIGN & MODULES
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PLANNING & DESIGN DOCUMENT Page
Program Hypothesis - Assumptions 6
Location of program 6
Map of APY Lands 8
Important cultural, social and resilience patterns 9
Project factors 12
To introduce the project 12
Needs assessment 13
Project evaluation 13
Mission statement 14
Time line, tasks and objectives 17
The 9 Healthy Living Standards 17
Activities and Modules 17
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Program design 18
Specified and anticipated outcomes 19
Management information systems - Interview Schedule 19
Stakeholders map 21
No 1 Project factors 22
No 2 Time Line, Tasks an Objectives 25
No 3 The 9 Healthy Living Standards 26
No 4 Interview schedule synopsis 32
No 5 Stakeholders map 36
No 6 Budget 38
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Some of the following definitions are mostly drawn from Bulbeck‟s (1998) and O‟Connor, Wilson &
Setterlund‟s (2003) glossaries.
Community assessment, research and development exercises involving community
participation and ownership. This is a change strategy and approach highlighting people‟s
strengths and resources (Tesoriero, Barone & Umbers 2006:48-53).
Set of values, norms, customs and habits related to a given group, Culture can be associated
with countries, states, regions, groups, organisations, companies and corporations.
Judging another culture in terms of what is valued and „normal‟ in one‟s own culture. An
ethnocentric approach imposes one‟s own culture as superior in comparison to other cultures.
Participatory Rural Appraisal:
Community assessment, research and development techniques including drawings and
diagrams used in rural areas, illiterate and cross-cultural contexts (Tesoriero et al 2006:54).
When used in psychology, resilience is an ability to cope and recover from stress, misfortune
and catastrophe. It is also used to indicate a characteristic of resistance to future negative
For the purpose of this document, successful tenancy means a family being aware of its rights
and responsibilities as tenants and making use of them, keeping the premises in good and
clean condition, using the strategies addressing the 9 Healthy Living Standards (appendix 3).
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AHW: Aboriginal Health Worker
AI: Appreciative Inquiry
APY: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
DASSA: Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia
DFC: Department for Families and Communities
FSA: Families SA
FSW: Families Support Worker
MSO: Municipal Service Officer
NGO: Non-governmental organisation
NHC: Nganampa Health Council
NPYWC: Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women‟s Council
PC: Program Coordinator
PRA: Participatory Rural Appraisal
SAPOL: South Australian Police
TAFE: Tertiary and Further Education
TO: Traditional Owner
UCWPP: UnitingCare Wesley Port Pirie
YT: Yaitja Tirramangkotti
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Program Hypotheses – Assumptions
It is assumed that the success of this program will strongly depend on whether the families
and community members approve it and welcome it in their community.
It is assumed that people‟s participation will be an essential factor towards achieving goals
and objectives. This implies principles of reciprocity from the program team, the latter having
to be flexible, adapting and listening to people‟s needs and schedule, and sometimes
improvise, for the program to be delivered in the appropriate way.
It is assumed that participants will feel safe, respected and listen to during all activities
involved in the program.
It is assumed that the PRA and AI methods used in the modules delivery will support sense of
respect and sharing of narrative.
If we were able to identify what people need to achieve successful tenancy;
If we were able to develop strategies to support people towards daily health and well being;
If we were to recruit effectively within each community;
If we were able to get community members to participate to the program and share their skills
If we could achieve supportive partnership work between several service providers;
If we were able to implement the program with community members within each community;
If we were able to achieve change for families to sustain health, well being and successful
Geographical location of the program
The program takes place in the 6 major remote communities on the APY Lands in the far
north-west of South Australia, which are part of the Western Desert in central Australia. The
APY Lands cover about 102 square kilometres.
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The word „remote‟ is specifically chosen in term of defining communities which do not have
access to facilities and services that are available to rural and metropolitan areas.
The Lands are owned by Anangu People under the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
Land rights Act 1981. They administer the Lands through a governing body consisting of ten
members of the Executive Board.
The APY Lands are dry area. It is prohibited to consume, possess or supply alcohol on the
The six major communities involved in the program are Amata, Mimili, Iwantja/Indulkana,
Kaltjiti/Fregon, Pukatja/Ernabella, Pipalyatjara.
The communities are significantly apart with no sealed roads or public transport. Many of the
roads are in bad condition and challenging to drive even for 4WD vehicles.
Although communities have permanent residents, population fluctuates in each main
community according to cultural events, sporting events and seasonal activities. This can vary
between 150 and 500 people. Many people are transients and spend time in various
communities, living with family members.
Approximate number of permanent residents in communities is between 200 and 400.
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Map of the APY Lands
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Important cultural. social and resilience patterns in APY communities
To uphold a successful program which develops intervention that work best for these specific
communities within a specific context and according to their culture, it is critical to fully
understand the contexts, problems, causes, and factors, as well as assessing and evaluating
external cultural influences which impact on people, and then on the whole project (Guerin
2005: 137-142; Green & Kreuter 2005:282).
Cultural and social patterns have to be considered because of their strong influence on how
the project/program is understood, received, negotiated, delivered and accepted by the
Western systems usually involve people‟s interactions with strangers on a daily basis,
network with close or loose family ties and circle of friends with no strong kinship
obligations (Guerin & Guerin 2008). Kinship based communities such as on the APY Lands
involve daily interactions with many family members with strong kinship obligations.
It is often difficult for people immersed in one interaction system to understand a radically
different system. Western workers can have specific expectations that are not part of the
social system in APY communities. Expectations on how people in communities should
react, be interested or motivated, be „grateful‟ or „happy‟.
For the purpose of this program, workers‟ use of reflecting practice is essential to avoid
People and families living in kin-based communities rely on one another and have long-
lasting obligations to each other, or long lasting conflicts with each other. Family obligations
and conflicts are directing people‟s life in a very large sense (Guerin & Guerin 2008).
Families in long-term conflicts will have to live well apart from each other when living in one
Due to the remoteness, people often have to travel long hours on difficult roads to access
education, employment or medical treatment.
People living in APY communities are not familiar with negotiating and interacting with
strangers at a high level like people living in towns. They will be less open before listening to
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strangers and allowing them to influence their lives and habits (Guerin & Guerin 2008).
Relationships will be more difficult to create and sustain.
It is therefore essential to have local people working in the program as Families Support
Workers to support families towards sustainable solutions in a culturally appropriate way.
APY Lands communities face various levels of issues impacting on everyone‟s life:
- High rate of unemployment;
- Reduced work opportunities in the communities;
- Transgenerational traumas (Atkinson 2002);
- Alcohol and drug misuse;
- Domestic violence;
- House overcrowding;
- Early motherhood;
- High rate of health problems, poor health;
- Various family situations listed in the definition of child abuse;
- High rate of mental distress;
- Early death;
- Lack of personal safety due to unsafe housing and interpersonal violence;
Patterns of resilience are also important (Barone 2006:8) considering that, according to the
theories of resilience, people can build strengths through difficult experiences and challenges.
Resilience and vulnerability are compatible characteristics. People are able to develop
strengths while being in an oppressed position (Edwards & Ribbens 1998:10; Freire 1972:25-
27). Resilience is associated with adaptation, evolution, and survival (Konner 2007:307) as
„the art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings‟ (Okakura Kakuzo cited in
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Some resilience patterns and factors have been identified (Barone 2006:13-16):
- Survival in challenging environment;
- Necessity to survive to protect dependents;
- Ability to confront hardship - ability to cope with hardship;
- Ability to thrive, not just survive, after great difficulties;
- Enduring and overcoming trauma / difficulties;
- Adaptation – Evolution;
- Transforming adversity and hardship into wisdom and compassion;
- Making meaning of suffering;
- Clear sense of reality - Acceptance of reality;
- Developing meaning in life - Strong values that life is meaningful;
- Strong problem solving skills - ability to grab opportunities and to improvise;
- Internal locus of control – self-reliance – determination;
- Risk taking – taking control of own life and destiny;
- Strong sense and meaning of self – Sense of self-worth;
- Building bridges from present day hardship to a better constructed future;
- Loving environment during childhood - Ability to develop attachment to others;
- Significant supportive person as role model or helping during hardship;
- Strong spirituality;
To support this approach, the Appreciative Inquiry method (AI) is a strength perspective tool
that supports people to discover and identify their own strengths and therefore „power‟ in
their own life. The program modules will use the AI approach in the program delivery,
highlighting participant‟s resilience.
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Project factors – Appendix 1 (Dwyer, Stanton & Thiessen 2004:20-21)
Predisposing, reinforcing, and enabling factors (Green & Kreuter 2005:12-17,147-149)
impact on people and project from the very beginning. It is important to identify the factors
that need to be addressed in health promotion programs terms. This working strategy can help
to recognize and use the right tools and methods with the right people at the right time and
the right place. Knowing what kind of intervention work best for specific communities within
specific contexts and according to the culture (Green & Kreuter 2005:256) will support the
project towards greater success.
Kin-based communities are strong in existing supportive relationships. It would be very
beneficial to use the power of these relationships to support the program delivery in each
community. People do things for each other in a sense of cooperation, exchange and
The program aims to address issues also in terms of community rather than in terms of
To introduce the project
The project focuses on improving people‟s well being and successful tenancy through the 9
Healthy Living Standards (see appendix 3).
“most individuals who face adversity have more positive outcomes than one
might predict based on the risk factors in their lives” (Waller 2001:291),
the program takes a strength-based approach, moving beyond a deficit-based approach. This
to foster participant‟s resilience and identity, empowering participants to share stories and
reinforce a sense of self, involving the discovery of one‟s strengths towards improving
families‟ well being, safety and feeling content in their house.
Each participant involved in the program acts as teacher and student, and the one most able to
share her/his knowledge with another community member.
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The program is a journey of both self-discovery and developing successful tenancy while
learning how to use the 9 Healthy Living Standards on a daily basis.
The delivery process will attempt to offer the program as an exchange of culture and
knowledge, acknowledging that people are the expert in their own life while passing their
stories on to their peers.
The project team works in collaboration with local agencies, valuing local knowledge,
culture, resources, skills and processes (Ife 2002:211-215).
In addition, a baseline survey will be used as data collection for needs assessment as well as
tool for the evaluation.
This base line survey will also be an „ice breaker‟ for community members to develop a
contact with the Program Coordinator and the Family Support Worker.
The evaluation is included in the planning phase (Dwyer et al 2004:171-173). Data collected
through the baseline survey administered at the beginning of the project will be compared to
data collected through a similar baseline survey at the „end‟ of the project.
An ongoing program/project evaluation is seen as essential (Dwyer et al 2004:173-174). This
will reinforce the project team‟s capacity to adapt to changes and needs which will develop
all along the project. This is important in terms of reciprocity and accountability.
The ongoing evaluation is made with traditional scientific methods of measurements such as
measuring achievements of tasks and objectives, numeric counts and standardized measures
(Kettner, Moroney & Martin 1999:129), as well as critical reflection and assessments of
issues and situations through community meetings and developing relationships with
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The project‟s mission is to develop a daily use and understanding with community members
(and tenants) of the 9 Healthy Living Standards towards people‟s „successful tenancy‟ and
overall well being at various levels such as health, safety and responsibilities.
The program aims to give people the right to participate individually and collectively, and to
increase their health status, promoting collaborative intervention with communities rather
than imposing dogmatic methods (Guerin 2005:137,142).
Overall, the mission involves special commitment to the disadvantaged, marginalized and
vulnerable groups in communities. Considering the feminisation of poverty, remote living
women and children are particularly at risk in this context (Jackson & Pearson 1998:23).
Lifted by the principles of social justice (Ife 2002:205-207), the primary aim of the program
is to ascertain what intervention contributes towards improving population housing status,
healthy living standards, involving women, men and children, on the APY Lands.
The project aims to create changes within the communities towards capacity building,
community ownership to their problems and their solutions (Green & Kreuter 2005:310)
while supporting comprehensive primary health care, human rights, access, participation,
acceptability, affordability, inter-sectoral agencies collaboration, and strengthening
community self-reliance (Ife 2002:213).
“education means empowerment, enlightenment, and raising consciousness…it
can lead to self-awareness and critical thinking about oppressive social
situations” (Freire 1972:13);
- Developing one‟s identity through the process of sharing and disseminating
information and knowledge to other community members and program team; i.e. “I
have to define who I am to be able to tell about me and my story to others”;
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- Identifying one‟s own strengths through learning about themselves and what they
achieve in their lives;
- Learning about the 9 Healthy Living Standards, including different cultural habits,
other way of living, different food and way of eating;
- Increasing self-esteem through talking about themselves, personal experiences and
- Increasing awareness and supporting commitment towards learning;
- Focus on supported participation;
- Enhancing communication between participants, and between community members
and service providers;
Various concepts, notions and strategies will be discussed throughout the modules such as:
- Concepts of safe and unsafe;
- Concepts of happiness and unhappiness;
- Notions of personal identity;
- Wellbeing and health;
- Nutrition for the body and for the soul;
- Trust and Networks;
- Privacy and parts of the body;
- Body Health and Hygiene;
- What is abuse;
- Identifying abuse acted on oneself;
- Strategies for being and keeping safe;
- Use and abuse of power in relationships;
- Resilience strategies;
- Problem solving strategies;
- Service providers;
- Rights and responsibilities;
- Empowerment through self discovery;
- The positive aspects of clean and safe house on well being;
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The project goals are:
- To develop and evaluate community based interventions for application in remote
communities, involving development of partnership between communities and
agencies‟ workers, use of public health and development interventions, and the
outcomes of these strategies measured and evaluated in terms of extent of
achievement of relevant goals (Tesoriero et al 2006:16);
- To achieve sustainability and communities‟ ownership in changing communities‟
tenancy status, encouraging awareness and commitments of families towards daily
use of the 9 Healthy Living Standards;
- To identify the tenancy living conditions and needs of men, women and children on
the APY Lands in order to inform strategies improving services and support;
- To address identified strategies to ensuring continued sustainability within the remote
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- To develop and deliver the Living Skills Program to respond and meet the needs of
women, men and children towards sustainable tenancy;
Time Line, Tasks an Objectives – Appendix 2
The time line, task and objectives list starts July 2010. Each tasks and objectives are monthly,
or weekly, evaluated depending on their achievement and results. If necessary, changes will
be planned depending on, and adapted to, the ongoing evaluation.
The 9 Healthy Living Standards – Appendix 3
Activities and Modules (Modules as additional document)
With the communities:
- Baseline Survey (appendix 4);
- Participatory Rural Appraisal activities with families;
- Appreciative Inquiry activities and workshops with families;
- One on one activities with families;
- Regular visits to families;
- Community meetings;
- Consultation meetings with community Leaders and community Elders;
With partnership team UCWPP and Housing SA:
- Monthly evaluation meetings;
- Monthly meetings to review and amend time line, tasks and objectives;
- Assessment and evaluation to be made by PC after each PRA and AI activities;
- Consultation meetings with partner agencies members;
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The inputs elements of the program are:
- The members of Communities Councils of the APY Lands;
- The key community elders and members;
- The families in the communities;
- The families being tenants of Housing SA;
- The partner agencies such as NPYWC, NHC, DFC, DASSA, Families SA, Red Cross;
- The funding organisation Housing SA;
- The amount of funding available;
- The staff from partner agencies participating to the project and the program such as
community workers, community officers, nurses and other experts;
- The travel needs on the Lands;
- The locations for meetings, activities and workshops in each community;
- Accommodations and work facilities for workers;
The throughputs elements of the project and program are:
- All activities such as community meetings, PRA and AI exercises, visits in the
- Baseline survey;
- Analysing of data;
- Establishing of Family Support Workers in each community;
- Delivery of the different modules;
- Ongoing evaluation;
The outputs elements of the project and program are:
- The attendance of people to community meetings;
- The participation of people to PRA and AI activities;
- The participation of people to baseline survey;
- The participation of families to workshops and one on one activities;
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- The creation of relationships between community members and team members;
- The data gathered through the two baseline surveys;
- The data gathered through PRA an AI activities;
Specified and Anticipated Outcomes
The tasks given in the Time Line, appendix 3, are specified outcomes.
In addition to them, and compared to status at the beginning of the project, anticipated long
term (at least 2/3 years after program start) outcomes are:
- To have more families demonstrating successful tenancy;
- To help prevent ongoing diseases such as scabies, skin infections, boils, head lice with
the support of daily hygiene and vermin/germs management;
- To improve women, men and children health status and well being in the APY
- To improve people‟s awareness about their health and what services they can receive
- To improve people‟s awareness and commitments towards rights and responsibilities;
- To improve quality of life in the communities on the APY Lands;
Management Information Systems – Interview Schedule Synopsis Appendix 4
For this project, various data such as health status, social economic status and others are
General existing data, demographic, socio-economic, health and service providers about the
communities on the APY Lands are gathered through the Housing SA data, ABS and cross-
In addition, specific data about families‟ needs is collected through a baseline survey
(quantitative and qualitative) to ascertain the status of women, children and men in relation to
health, nutrition, education, as well as socioeconomic data at the time the project commences.
All families moving into a new house or a renovated house will participate in the survey.
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The data and information gathered will be stored by the PC in a locked cabinet. The UCWPP
PC will be the only person to have access to this confidential information. A report including
information and statistics will be written and given when required.
An interview schedule in Pytjantjatjara language and in English language is created by the PC
and the FSW employed in the community. The interview schedule includes quantitative and
qualitative questions (Appendix 4). A pilot interview is administered. A consent form is read
to the interview participants in their language by the FSW and signed, at the beginning of
Minutes or notes are taken for each community meeting, as well as for each team meeting.
Notes are taken, with authorisation and support of local participants, during each PRA and AI
activities, each workshop and program delivery session.
Notes and Minutes are taken in English language and will be translated into Pitjantjatjara if
Evaluation report of the process, tasks and objectives, is discussed monthly.
Baseline survey data is firstly entered into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to allow a first
examination of the number of responses per category, and then into SPSS program.
Report about baseline survey results is written at the end of data analysis. Report about each
half year of the project is written by UCWPP Program Coordinator and Housing SA
Considering the cultural environment, UCWPP and Housing SA are aware of several biases
- Family setting, people present during interview;
- Expectation of the interviewee;
- Fears of the interviewee;
- Language barriers;
- Difference of interpretations from different stakeholders.
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Stakeholders Map – Appendix 5
It is essential to be able to work with key stakeholders and executive people in a way that
considers everyone‟s agenda. Stakeholders involved in the project can change the direction of
the project through even small discussion, action or wishes (Dwyer et al 2004:31-33).
It is crucial to gain the support from people having significant position at political and
community level. Government‟s representatives and Community Councils are key
stakeholders as well as the consumers who bring contribution to the program. That is why it
is important to manage expectations in the right direction and at the right level, keeping them
transparent, realistic and achievable, as people can get disillusioned and then loose
motivation and commitment to the project.
Budget – Appendix 6
While it is unreasonable to expect radical overall changes in tenancy within such a short time
period of 12 months, changes in tenancy habits and overall use of the 9 Healthy Living
Standards should be measurable after the period of three years with the families taking part in
Changes and restructuring of the very project may occur, as well as addition of new concepts
and programs, as this belongs to the very core of this project and research, to evolve and
develop according to the families and for the good of the communities.
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Following Green & Kreuter (2005:12-17) strategies, important factors to consider and
involve in the frame of the Living Skills APY Lands program are:
- People‟s knowledge
- Attitudes and behaviours about health
- Attitudes and behaviours of peers, parents
- Cultural environment
- Structure of relationship
- Hierarchy system
- Kinship system
- Social system and norms
- Clients demand
- Community leaders
- Decision makers
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- Availability of financial resources, local and external funding
- Availability of social capital
- Rules and laws
- Skills, local and team‟s skills
- Political context and policies
- Local expertise
- Workers‟ expertise
- Collaborative work structures
- Social capital
Internal project factors:
- Organisation commitment
- Managing stakeholders
- Decision-making structures
- Plan and design
- Realistic goals
- Defining appropriate strategies
- Sustainable outcomes
- Managing resources, human resources and funding
- Leadership skills
- Managing changes
- Cross-cultural intervention
- Ethno sensitive intervention
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External project factors (which are interrelated to cultural patterns):
- Poverty as economical factor
- Inaccessibility to resources (geographical and economical factor)
- Social factors within the communities
- Traumas and mental distress, mental illness
- Violence and abuse
- Alcohol and drug misuse
- Families hierarchy distribution within the communities
- Political factors within and outside the communities
- Decision making structures within the communities
- Decision making structures within households
- Individual factors
- Biological factors
- Peers‟ pressure
- People‟s conditions of living
- People‟s fear of unknown
- People‟s values
- People‟s health beliefs
- People‟s expectations
- People‟s wishes and dreams
- People‟s attitude toward change
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Timeline July 2010 to August 2010
Timeline and schedule are re-evaluated monthly in meetings with UCWPP and Housing
SA. Timeline for September and October 2010 will be prepared mid-August 2010.
planning & modules
and agencies Amata
and agencies Mimili
Amata and Mimili
Amata and Mimili
Data analysis and
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The 9 Healthy Livings Standards
From Housing SA guidelines
1 Body Hygiene
Look after the body, why?
Because it is the centre of health and also health for the soul and the spirit
Why body hygiene is important, for babies, children, women and men;
Washing to reduce disease and infections;
Clean toilets, why?
Clean bathroom, why?
Body wash, hair wash, teeth wash;
Scabies; impact on body, infections;
Head lice; impact on body, infections;
Boils, where are they from? How to reduce them?
Nganampa Health sessions about STI and STD?
Session about scabies
What are these lice? Microscope use to see the vermin
Painting posters for the house
Hairdresser session in community
Beauty day in community
Storage of beauty and hygiene products to keep them safe for people to use.
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2 Beddings Cleanliness – clothes washing
Scabies; impact on body, infections;
Head lice; impact on body, infections;
Proper use of washing machine
Proper storage for bed sheets, blankets and clothes
Bedding off the ground
Drying and airing in the sun
3 Look after the house - Removal of Waste
Looking after the house because this is where the family can and want to be safe and
Food scraps in the bin and not in the sink, why?
Bagging, tying and binning rubbish, why?
Recycling rubbish (if available service)
Keeping rubbish safe from animals (dogs) and insects (flies, ants..)
Use of wheelie bins
Keep the habit to put all rubbish in the bin and not on the floor, ground, backyard and front
Proper removal of heavy waste such as heavy metal or dangerous objects
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4 Nutrition and Kitchen Hygiene
Keeping Kitchen clean and safe
The use of cooking utensils
Cleaning cooking surfaces, cooking utensils and crockery and cutlery
Safe storage of cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery
Separate dog-only plates and bowls
Keep animals (dogs) and insects (flies, ants..) away from food, food preparation areas and
cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery
Why using cupboards and shelves for storage
Washing hands with soap after toilets, touching dogs and cats
Washing hands always before cooking food
Fridge versus cupboard storage
Looking after fridge
Looking after kitchen equipment
5 Reduction of Overcrowding
Impact on house cleanliness, 10 people making more dirt than 2
It is everyone‟s responsibility to keep the house clean, not just one person
Impact on toilet, shower and other facilities
Impact on property damages
Impact on charges to tenants: water, electricity, gas, and finally food costs
Impact on child learning and schooling
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Impact on potential child abuse or neglect
Impact on rubbish and cleaning for the tenants
How can visitors be kept accountable and responsible regarding inappropriate behaviours and
their impacts on the family they are visiting?
How can visitors be responsible and participate to house duties and work?
How to act in the family house with respect and sharing behaviours
Budgeting for living costs, food, clothes and general bills
6 Dogs Health and Hygiene
Information workshops about how poor hygiene with dogs and cats impact on people‟s health
Dog and cat‟s diseases and parasites can make children and adults sick
No dogs and cats to be kept in houses or only with control of excrements and when dogs and
Dogs and cats to be regularly checked and medically treated against mange and other
Use of Vet services through NHC programs
7 Controlling Dust and Vermin/Parasites/Snakes/Insects
Health problems caused by dust mites, asthma, emphysema
Keeping dust outside – closing door and windows, cleaning floors regularly
Dusting house, shaking rugs outside
Foot mats at the doors, outside and inside the house – shaking foot mats regularly
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Health problems caused by mice, flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants
Keeping vermin and insects from entering the house and property with control action such as
rodent poison (kept away safe from children), ants (talc baby powder very effective against
ants and non dangerous)
Looking after flies screen and screen doors
Minimise water for mosquitoes
Control rubbish in the rubbish trolley bin outside the house
No food on the floor
No holes in the floor or in the walls (snakes and mice), call maintenance Housing SA
No animals defecating in the house
8 Controlling living area temperatures – housing costs
Keep doors and windows closed when either heating or cooling the house
Look after heating and cooling systems
Make sure air-conditioning is working properly – call maintenance
Make sure heater is working properly – call maintenance
Switch heater or cooler off when leaving the house
Do not leave heater or cooler on all the time
Electricity costs and impacting negatively on health
Conserving water and power
Budgeting for rent and bills
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9 Reducing Risk Situations/Sustaining Safe Environment
Reporting maintenance if something can hurt children and adults such as broken window,
broken door or walls, faulty or broken light globes, faulty or damaged power points, faulty
gas, broken stove or cookers, broken/defect heating or cooling, to prevent accidents
happening to family members
Fire safety – careful in the use of fires and heating
Leave smoke alarms in the house on the ceilings, do not remove them
Children safety, watch children around fire place, watch children around heating, cooling,
cooking washing areas
People‟s health - Keep dogs and cats healthy
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The questions have to be appropriately formulated according to the culture, habits, and
conventions within communities.
The interview schedule includes quantitative and qualitative questions regarding people‟s
needs, nutrition habits, resources utilization, and social capital (Tesoriero et al 2006:61),
- Household constitution;
- How many girls, boys, and age;
- Daily activities;
- Housing needs/wishes;
- Coping strategies with house work and issues;
- Nutrition habits;
- Family members health status;
- Who in the family access and use health services;
- Economic information;
- Social information;
- Educational information;
- Mental health information;
- Decision maker in the family;
Questions such as:
- What activities do you do during the day?
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- Who do you talk to during the day and how often? (table)
Name of rarely sometimes often very often
Other people and who
- Did you have breakfast yesterday? What did you eat/drink for your breakfast?
- Did you have lunch yesterday? What did you eat/drink for lunch?
- Did you have dinner yesterday? What did you eat/drink for dinner?
- What else did you eat/drink during the day yesterday?
- How is the family organised to do all the house tasks such as cleaning, cooking,
- What are the furniture do you think are important to have in your house to make it
comfortable for you and your family?
- What utensils do you like to use for cooking? Stove, open fire, slow cooker..
- Who do you think has to look after the house and the furniture in the family?
- What do you need towards feeling safe in your house?
- What makes you feel happy in your house?
- To what school level do you like to send your children to?
- If child does not go to school, explain why and what do they do during the day if
they do not go to school?
- Who in your family makes decisions about your children‟s education?
- Who in your family makes decisions about how to spend the money?
- Do you want to learn about how to organize your budget and money, how you can
make it easier to make the money last?
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- The community gives facilities. How are you utilizing these facilities? (table)
Daily weekly monthly
PY KU building computers
Centrelink community officers
Football and Netball court
Bush Bee (Bush bus)
- Which facilities do you not use? And for what reason?
- Who do you consult when you are sick?
- And for your children?
- Is there anything that prevents you from going to the clinic when you are sick? If
- Do you use traditional medicines or herbal medicine? If yes, for what reason?
- Who in your family decides about what medical treatments are received?
- When do you feel sad? And why?
- What do you do to feel happy again?
- Do you sometimes help other people? With food, shelter, money..
- Do you sometimes receive help from other people? Food, shelter, money.
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- What are your family expenditure for one week/month, food, clothing..?
- Do you have enough money to pay these expenses?
- Do you have Foxtel/Austar at home?
- Do you have a working phone line at home?
- What things do you do for personal enjoyment/recreation? (table)
How often with whom where
Listening to music
Chatting with friends/family in the community
Going to church
Participating to Inma
Going out bush
Going on camp out bush
Travelling to various communities on the APY Lands
Travelling to Alice Springs
Travelling to other places
- What are the celebrations/special events you are doing with your family?
- What are the celebrations/special events you are doing with your community?
- What is the next important happening in your life that will make you very happy?
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Stakeholders Important To be aware of / to consider
Are the key people within
communities – possess
power within communities
– decision makers.
Relationships are very important to build on.
Appropriate behaviours from the work team is
crucial, according to conventions and culture.
Listen to people‟s voices.
Is the Aboriginal Executive
political decision maker at
the APY Lands level.
Will decide what is good for the community and its
members. Is respected by people. Has a position of
power and influence.
Are the political influences
on decision making at
community and APY Lands
Have to be worked with from the current political
perspective, appropriate discussions according to
culture and conventions. Strong decision making in
tenants in each
Are the key beneficiaries of
the program, the core of the
Have to be involved in the project from the start, to
be listen to and to be respected as their own experts
and decision makers.
Are the key officers who are
members of the
communities – experts
within their area – they
deliver the program with the
PC and ensure ongoing
support to families at the
Team work; PC has to support FSW on ongoing
basis. FSW are key workers representing the
Program from within the communities. They have
expertise and local knowledge, as well as power
FSW are recruited and employed by UCWPP.
Housing SA Department contracting
UCWPP for the delivery of
Collaborative team work between UCWPP and
Housing SA Umuwa. UCWPP is accountable to
UCWPP Contractors funded by
Housing SA for delivery of
the Living Skills Program
on the APY Lands.
Program Coordinator (PC) refers to the Executive
Manager located in Port Pirie.
DFC Department to work in
partnership with Housing
SA and UCWPP PC.
Subject to negotiations and schedule.
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NPYWC NGO based in Alice
Springs, delivering various
services on the APY Lands.
To work in partnership with
the UCWPP PC to deliver
support in specific activities
Subject to negotiations and schedule.
NHC NGO based in Alice
Springs and delivering
ongoing health care,
programs and support to
through their clinics based
in each community. To
work in partnership with the
UCWPP PC to deliver
support in specific
workshops and activities.
Subject to negotiations and schedule.
Tafe SA Tertiary Education. There is
one Tafe delivering
different certificates studies
in each community.
Subject to negotiations and schedule.
Department for child
protection and crisis care.
Anti-poverty team to work
in partnership with Housing
SA and UCWPP PC for
Subject to negotiations and schedule.
FAHCSIA Two Government Business
Managers are currently
respectively working in
Mimili and Amata (only).
Work relationships at various levels according to
the programs and activities FAHCSIA has in
Mimili and Amata.
It is for those two communities only.
DPC Two Government Business
Managers are responsible
for the East and for the
Subject to negotiations and schedule.
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Budget – cont.
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