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All papers touch on the cultural issues that must be appreciated before becoming involved in a Dog Health Programme (DHP). "Some problems of dog health and control in Aboriginal and Islander Communities in North Queensland" points out the differences in attitudes and values between indigenous Australians living on a remote community and those of the general population. Although written over 15 years ago, these points are still relevant today, and for this reason, this paper has been highlighted. "Central Australian Aboriginal Communities - dog health programs" notes that "The greater the cultural significance of dogs, the more likely the information about the role of dogs will be secret."
The importance of sustainability of DHPs is covered in detail by "Education and training for sustainable dog health programs", and it is for this reason that this paper is highlighted. The point is made that "Every community is different, and in every case a program will need to be tailored to the specific requirements of that group of people."
- Problems caused by dogs on indigenous communities
- Problems likely to be encountered when running a DHP
- The role and acceptability of euthanasia
- The possibility that aggression in dogs increases following a DHP
- The link between dog health and human health
These papers range over a period of 11 years, from 1992 - 2002. Most of the information is still relevant today. For more recent material, please see the Animal Management on Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) website.
Some problems of dog health and control in Aboriginal and Islander Communities in North QueenslandDiscusses the history of indigenous Australians' relationship with dogs, the problems caused by dogs on indigenous communities and the difficulties encountered when running a Dog Health Programme.
Education and training for sustainable dog health programsIdentifies and examines the key factors for a sustainable DHP.
Central Australian Aboriginal Communities - dog health programsDiscusses the relationship between dog health and human health, identifies four categories of dogs found on indigenous communities, highlights the importance of cultural awareness and gives some detail on costs and funding.
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