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CDU researcher Hannah Payer
Researchers have indicated that up to 14 per cent of male residents are likely to be missing from remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory at any time due to incarceration.
Northern Institute researchers at Charles Darwin University highlighted the impacts that communities faced when large proportions of males aged 20 to 39 years old were absent from their communities due to imprisonment.
Research Associate Hannah Payer said the high number of young men missing from communities due to incarceration could affect population growth and bring about severe dysfunction.
“It is important to highlight the magnitude of the impact that high Indigenous incarceration rates in the NT have on communities,” Ms Payer said.
“Our research indicates that there is likely no community that would be unaffected by the increasing incarceration rates for Indigenous Territorians.”
The research also suggested that up to two per cent of women aged 20 to 39 years old were missing from individual communities at any time.
Ms Payer said this loss of young men and women could contribute to fewer births in communities that might otherwise occur.
“An absence of young people at ages where they usually become parents affects the demographic futures of communities,” she said.
Ms Payer said children of imprisoned parents could be left without role models or providers, and that high incarceration rates affected communities economically due to a loss of work-ready males.
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed the NT had the highest Indigenous incarceration rates in Australia. According to the data, there were 15.4 Indigenous prisoners to every non-Indigenous prisoner in the NT in 2014, compared with the national ratio of 12.9.
To view the report by Ms Payer and researchers Dr Andrew Taylor and Tony Barnes, entitled “Who’s missing? Social and Demographic Impacts from the Incarceration of Indigenous People in the Northern Territory”, visit: cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/research-brief-2015-05.pdf
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The elusive echidna was spotted with advanced infrared camera technology
An echidna has officially been sighted on camera for the first time in the Territory Wildlife Park during a project involving Charles Darwin University staff and students.
The secretive animal was captured on film with advanced heat and motion sensing infrared camera technology, provided by the NT Department of Land Resource Management.
Six Diploma of Conservation and Land Management students assisted the team of park staff and CDU researchers as part of their university studies.
Conservation Land Management lecturer Samantha Saynor said the advanced camera technology, originally developed by the military had helped the team record a range of different species in the park.
“We suspected echidnas were on site after observing diggings and tracks,” Ms Saynor said.
“But this is the first time that the echidna was clearly identifiable and that was terrific.”
Ms Saynor said the nocturnal creatures were difficult to identify during standard observation and trapping surveys as they had secretive habits and did not respond to baits.
Other animals recorded in the survey included bandicoots, black footed tree rats, peaceful doves and grassland melomys.
Ms Saynor said an abundance of grassland melomys and black footed tree rats were recorded during the survey, signifying healthy populations lived in the park.
“The data suggests that the park is providing an environment in which a wide range of animals can live,” she said.
“This data will contribute to our knowledge of animals in the area.”
CDU Diploma of Conservation and Land Management students have been assisting the park with its flora and fauna surveys every year since 2011.
Territory Wildlife Park’s Biodiversity Liaison Officer Sarah Hirst and Assistant Curator Damien Stanioch assisted in the survey.
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Federation University Australia’s Mosfeka Jomaraty completed a major goal recently with the completion of her PhD thesis at our Mt Helen Campus.
Dr Jomaraty, originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, was delighted to continue her study at FedUni following her move to Australia.
“In Dhaka I worked as Assistant Professor in Department of Management Studies at the University of Dhaka,” Dr Jomaraty said.
“At that university I did my Bachelor in Business Administration (Management) in 2004 and Masters (Strategic Management) in 2005.
“I received the PhD scholarship from FedUni Business School in 2010 and then I moved from Bangladesh to Australia with my family to further my study. I studied women entrepreneurship under the supervision of Jerry Courvisanos.”
Dr Jomaraty said her research focused on the growth aspects of women-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Bangladesh.
“This research is fascinating and very important to the economy of Bangladesh,” Dr Jomaraty said.
“Recently I also was offered tutoring at Federation Business School and I am hoping to start lecturing there soon as well.
“My family and I are really enjoying Australia and I am loving being at Federation University Australia too.”