Bridging the Gap

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Today – 9 August – is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. First proclaimed by the General Assembly in December twenty years, today we celebrate something very close to our hearts, Bridging the Gap: Implementing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples! 2014 marks the end of the Second International Decade, “A Decade for Action and Dignity”. We acknowledge the words of Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, “The interests of the indigenous peoples must be part of the new development agenda in order for it to succeed. […] Together, let us recognize and celebrate the valuable and distinctive identities of indigenous peoples around the world. Let us work even harder to empower them and support their aspirations.” Let’s all celebrate together, and walk hand-in-hand into the third international decade of the rights of all Indigenous peoples. 

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Missing Persons Report

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Just to clarify,  the missing persons research that we conducted was restricted to NSW. The report – Young Aboriginal Females Reported Missing to Police: Which Way for Prevention & Service -was prepared for the NSW Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council (AJAC) and the Families & Friends of Missing Persons Unit (FFMPU) and funded by the NSW Attorney General’s Department. As part of our research, we carried out a quantitative examination of Police data of all missing Aboriginal females by age, which revealed that the 12 to 15 year old age group comprised the majority of missing cases. Once the age group with the highest frequency of reported missing cases became the focus of the analysis, the Southern region was identified as the location most relevant for further investigation, which comprised the following local areas Albury; Cootamundra; Deniliquin; Far South Coast; Goulburn; Griffith; Lake Illawarra; Monaro; Shoalhaven; Wagga Wagga; and Wollongong. To access this report, please contact its lead researcher and author, For information about the missing persons campaign that is taking place across the nation from 3 – 9 August, go to

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Happy National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day!

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National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day (NATICD) is a day of celebration of human rights and Indigenous children. This year’s theme is a – Kids in Culture – Strong, Proud, Resilient. Through this theme SNAICC intends to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their strengths and their connections to culture. Happy days, from Catherine

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It’s National Missing Persons Week

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National Missing Persons Week is an annual event which takes place during the first week of August each year.  Coordinated by the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) through the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with the support of Australian State and Territory police, the Week aims to raise awareness of the significant issues associated with missing persons, and to reduce the incidence and impact of missing persons in Australia. In 2014, National Missing Persons Week will be held from 3 – 9 August, with the  focus on Dementia and Missing Persons. Our thoughts and prayers are with the missing, and their families and friends. Best wishes from Catherine For more information, go to

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Garma Festival

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Only a couple of days to go until the Garma Festival – one of the most significant gatherings of Indigenous cultural exchange in Australia. Enjoy!

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What’s your PIN?

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The switch to PIN-only credit cards begins this week, but what if you can’t remember your pin??? While the sharing of passwords goes against current banking authentication and consumer protection laws that require customers not to reveal their access codes to anybody, these security requirements are violated everyday. Our collaborative qualitative study of the routine sharing of passwords for online banking among married and de facto couples, Aboriginal users and people with disability in Australia, found that there are multiple situations where the individual shares access codes particularly with members of the family.  To learn more, check out the series of papers on password sharing that we worked on with the Smart Internet Technology CRC, especially Supriya Singh, Anuja Cabraal, Gunela Astbrink and Michele Furlong.      

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Coming Up

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For those of you who are interested in learning more about educational research, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is hosting Research Conference 2014 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, which will be held 3 – 5 August, 2014. Research Conference 2014 brings together researchers and practitioners to share their evidence and experience in relation to improvements in both quality and equity in education. Happy conferencing!

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Hi everyone, and welcome to ResearchCrowd News! We’ll be posting news and information on Indigenous research issues on a regular basis. We’ll also be sharing our experiences of some of the research work we’re doing, so make sure to check out our News when you’re online. We welcome your comments and feedback, and we’d love to receive ideas and posts to ensure our News is all about fresh, interesting content on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research and research-related issues. Happy reading. And, enjoy ResearchCrowd! Cheers, Catherine