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Aboriginal people travelling well

Mobility is a basic human need, and transport (walking, driving, travelling as a passenger), is the way that it is achieved. The starting point for this project was the proposition that safe and sufficient transport should be accessible to everyone. Lack of safety can be a consequence of insufficient or inadequate transport. For example, given a need to travel - for work, education, medical services, family or cultural reasons, or recreation - and limited transport options, a person might travel in an unsafe way rather than not travel. The study themes and approach were informed by a series of forums held in 2005, 2006 and 2007, involving representatives of Aboriginal organisations and officers of government agencies. Consultations with focus groups and personal interviews were conducted, and case studies recorded, in several Aboriginal communities.

This project resulted in numerous actions aimed at improving the safety or sufficiency of transport for Aboriginal people in SA. For example:

Implications of findings for policy and practice

The availability of safe and sufficient transport has diverse implications for safety, health and welfare. Recommended actions in the project report include:

Related resources:
Project leader

Yvonne Helps

Administering institution:

Flinders University