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Copping, A, Shakespeare-Finch, J & Paton, D 2010, ‘Towards a culturally appropriate

Mental health system: Sudanese-Australians’ experiences with trauma’, Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology,vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 53-60

  1. The purpose of the research is to investigate trauma as experienced by refugees using the Sudanese-Australians perspectives. For a very long period of time, Australia has been fortunate to welcome about 13,000 refugees annually. Most of the refugees have experienced hardship and violence in the camps. Furthermore, they find that they have been raised in a different cultural context than that of Australia, and the mentioned have contributed to increased diversity in the region (Copping, Shakespeare-Finch & Paton 2010, p. 53).
  2. The research question being investigated: those who are forced into migration have experienced trauma and the stress of acculturation often compounds this trauma (Copping, Shakespeare-Finch & Paton 2010, p. 53).
  3. There are different justifications for undertaking the research. For several decades, Australia has been receiving refugees from different cultural backgrounds. However, minimal study has been conducted on to ensure that Australians receives a mental healthcare that is culturally appropriate. It also seeks to examine the notions of distress, growth and trauma in the western populations. Using the grounded theory method, Copping, Shakespeare-Finch & Paton (2010, p. 54) contribute to research on the appropriate methods of mental health system for culturally diverse groups.

Gurran, N 2003, ‘Housing locally: positioning Australian local government housing for a

New century’, Urban Policy and Research, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 393-412.

  1. The purpose of the research is to investigate the role of the local government in ensuring that there are better housing facilities or outcomes for the Australian populations. For a long period of time, local government has ignored the housing sector. Therefore, the study examines the potentials of the local governments of Australia to take part in housing by studying the different initiatives that 21 metropolitan councils in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales have taken (Gurran 2003, p. 393).
  2. The research question is that most council now play significant role in leadership and innovation and focuses on addressing the local housing needs but lack of strategic policy and poor planning at both Federal and State levels frustrate the efforts (Gurran 2003, p. 393).
  3. The research contributes significant to the housing sector, and the role the Australian local government has to play to ensure that they meet the housing needs of the growing population. It also adds to the different initiatives that the local government can adapt to ensure proper planning. The study is further of great significance because it gives options on the strategic policies that the Australian local government can adopt to improve housing facilities within various councils (Gurran 2003, p. 393).

Pillay, H, Tones, M & Kelly, K 2011, ‘Gender patterns for aspirations for transitional employment and training and development in local government’. Gender in

Management, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 367-79.

  1. The epistemological underpinnings the research is to determine the transitional employment aspirations patterns as well as training and development needs of women within the local government sector. It is argued that through the identification of training and development patterns, there is possibility of developing strategies for not only retaining but also developing women in the local government. This is because it is possible for mature women workers to benefit from training and development, and later gain entry into the senior management and administrative positions (Pillay, Tones & Kelly 2011, p. 300).
  2. The theoretical Underpinnings is that the researchers used quantitative research method with an aim of identifying mature aged women who have interest in continuous training. It is argued that further learning, which include training and development is a form of intrinsic motivation (Pillay, Tones & Kelly 2011, p. 320).