The Lowitja Institute has produced two guides (see below) to assist researchers undertake Indigenous health research that is driven by priorities set by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to be of practical use to the Indigenous health sector and to develop research capacity within the Indigenous community.
Students and emerging researchers, both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous, want to know how to involve participants and the users of research when developing and conducting projects – how to build Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values and approaches into research processes to make the research stronger, and how to make sure research can lead to real benefits for people’s health and wellbeing.
Supervisors often have a lot of experience in designing and conducting research but limited experience of undertaking research in an Indigenous context. They may also need guidance as trainers of emerging Indigenous researchers. Non-Indigenous supervisors, in particular, want to know how to provide the right type of support to Indigenous researchers and how to build strong inter-cultural research partnerships for better research projects.
Researching Indigenous Health: A practical guide for researchers (2011) includes the history, context, values and change priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research in Australia and the planning and management of health research projects in this area. It offers practical information, advice, strategies and success stories in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.
Supporting Indigenous Researchers: A practical guide for supervisors (2009) aims to help researchers and research supervisors who are working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander settings. The publication is intended to support training and be a hands-on resource in the field.