Closing the gaps in and through Indigenous health research: Guidelines, processes and practices

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Abstract

Research in Aboriginal contexts remains a vexed issue given the on going inequities and injustices in Indigenous health. It is widely accepted that good research providing a sound evidence base is critical to closing the gap in Aboriginal health and wellbeing outcomes. However, key contemporary research issues still remain regarding how that research is prioritised, carried out, disseminated and translated so that Aboriginal people are the main beneficiaries of the research in every sense. It is widely acknowledged that, historically, research on Indigenous groups by non-Indigenous researchers has benefited the careers and reputations of researchers, often with little benefit and considerably more harm for Indigenous peoples in Australia and internationally. This paper argues that genuine collaborative and equal partnerships in Indigenous health research are critical to enable Aboriginal and Torres Islander people to determine the solutions to close the gap on many contemporary health issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-91
JournalAustralian Aboriginal Studies
Volume2010
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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