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Moving beyond good intentions: indigenous participation in aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health research

journal contribution
posted on 2005-10-01, 00:00 authored by Emma KowalEmma Kowal, I Anderson, R Bailie
Indigenous participation in every aspect of health research is increasingly recognised as an important element of any research project that aims to improve Indigenous health. Despite the acceptance of its importance, when the concept of 'Indigenous participation' is mentioned, authors are often imprecise as to the nature and purpose of participation, and its relationship to improved health outcomes. This report attempts to bring some clarity to the variety of meanings we might give Indigenous participation in research. For the purposes of stimulating further debate, we identify four distinct, but overlapping, rationales: pragmatic, moral, interventionist, and epistemological. Each has different implications for how Indigenous participation should be implemented and evaluated. More debate on the meanings and purposes of Indigenous participation will contribute to a refined understanding of its potential benefits to health research.

History

Journal

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

Volume

29

Pagination

468-470

Location

Richmond, Vic.

ISSN

1326-0200

Indigenous content

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologise for any distress that may occur.

Language

eng

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article

Copyright notice

2005, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia

Issue

5

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia