29 April 2011
The areas in which Indigenous Australians live are quite different to those of the non-Indigenous population. A much higher proportion of the population live in remote and regional Australia where infrastructure and the availability of services can be quite variable. However, even in urban areas, Indigenous Australians tend to live in suburbs and neighbourhoods that are relatively disadvantaged. In this lecture, we will discuss the relationship between community infrastructure (broadly defined) and wellbeing. The lecture will begin with an overview of the types of infrastructure available in the areas in which Indigenous Australians live and then move on to the facilities and services that Indigenous Australians themselves identify as being lacking. In the final part of the lecture, we will turn to the relationship between this infrastructure (or lack thereof) and measures of wellbeing at the individual or household level.