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Science, research and social change in Indigenous health – evolving ways of knowing

Harvey, Peter W 2009, Science, research and social change in Indigenous health – evolving ways of knowing, Australian health review, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 628-635, doi: 10.1071/AH090628.

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Title Science, research and social change in Indigenous health – evolving ways of knowing
Author(s) Harvey, Peter W
Journal name Australian health review
Volume number 33
Issue number 4
Start page 628
End page 635
Total pages 8
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Clayton, Vic.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 0156-5788
1449-8944
Summary History tells us of the overwhelming destructive influence of exotic culture, politics and knowledge forms upon the worldview and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. The power of dominant culture to oppress, control and dominate traditional Indigenous ways of knowing and being has been identified as a being a crucial influence on the health status, future hopes and aspirations of Indigenous Australians. Fundamental to this assertion is that the alienating effect of the belief in and application of the scientific method in relation to learning and knowing is a phenomenon that is incompatible with the law and cultural ways of traditional Indigenous people. The establishment of the Centre of Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) is predicated upon and responds to a deep need in our community today to synthesise the ideological and epistemological premises of an increasing range of cultures and world views. It recognises that clinical research, for example, is important to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but also that the way such research is designed and carried out is also crucial to its potential to effect change in and improve the state of Indigenous health in Australia. This paper examines knowledge principles and processes associated with research in Indigenous communities, explores emerging research trends in science and proposes an epistemological framework for synthesis of traditional approaches with those of the scientific paradigm.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/AH090628
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2009, CSIRO Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083848

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Medicine
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