CommunityEthics committeesResearchers
Research participantsStudents and supervisors

Research participants

I've been approached to be involved in research

Some particular questions and other considerations are:

  • Informed consent for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research enables participants to be fully aware of the proposed scope of the health research project, what processes are involved and how data and information will be collected and shared. This may require the researcher to translate, provide visual supports and simplify health research language, and also to consult with key representatives of your community, including Elders. Once a trusting relationship has been established, an appropriate visual or audio recording or a written record of consent can be provided.

  • A good partnership should reach agreement about the identification of individuals involved in the research, and the appropriate acknowledgment of those who took part in any publication. Where the contribution has been significant, the researcher would consider joint authorship with community members.

  • Is this study necessary? Do I know if the research has already been conducted elsewhere?

  • What are the ongoing requirements expected of me?

  • Has clear information been provided on the process for dispute resolution?

Keeping Research on Track is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to use when they are considering conducting or being involved with health research. It assists people to become familiar with the stages of research and to make decisions that ensure the research journey respects shared values as well as diversity, priorities, needs and aspirations of communities for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Created: 21 November 2014 - Updated: 10 November 2015