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Tarrn doon nonin

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research ethics award 2017

Apply (closing date is Sunday 25 June 2017, midnight AEST)

Doing ethical health research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander settings means doing research in ways that are culturally safe and ethically acceptable for all involved – research participants, communities/organisations and other interested community members, as well as the research team. It involves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities influencing what, why, how and when research is done, as well as how it is used.

The Lowitja Institute is proud to offer an award that recognises and upholds respectful ethical practice in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Tarrn doon nonin is the Woiwurrung language term for 'trust'

The Lowitja Institute is proud to offer the Tarrn doon nonin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research ethics award, inaugurated in 2015. The award recognises and upholds respectful ethical practice in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.

Doing ethical health research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander settings means doing research in ways that are culturally safe and ethically acceptable for all involved – research participants, communities/organisations and other interested community members, as well as the research team. It involves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities influencing what, why, how and when research is done, as well as how it is used.

Eligibility criteria

Applications are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research projects that have been conducted by:

Organisations

  • Projects that been conducted by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collaborations and/or organisations, and/or
  • non-Indigenous organisations and/or collaborations

Timing

  • projects that have been completed within the last two years, or
  • projects that have been finalised the active research and findings phase, and are close to completion

Research focus

  • specific research project focus must be for the better health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population
  • research projects could range across clinical, epidemiological or social health, population health or other health-related research.

Selection criteria

Projects will be assessed against the following criteria (not listed in order of priority):

  1. the extent to which the research project was Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-initiated and community-led
  2. the extent to which the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community was engaged with the research project from commencement to completion of the work
  3. the extent to which project stakeholders have worked in partnership and maintained relationships
  4. level of capacity building and community strengthening, such as:
    1. building on existing skills and abilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and community
    2. offering opportunities for scholarships, traineeships and other professional development initiatives or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  5. the extent to which information about research translation for the project has been applied and particularly how project findings have been communicated back to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  6. evidence of the project ethics process.
  7. the impact of the work for the improvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Note: Submission of a statement of support from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community involved in this research project will be essential.

Scope of research projects

The award will be assessed on research projects undertaken in the following context:

  1. research for the benefit of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  2. the scope of research disciplines is broad and could include, for example, basic science, medicine, epidemiology, public health, social health and community health

Award

  • $10,000 project grant. The grant will be available for furthering the successful project through activities such as research translation, conference attendance, training and/or community capacity building and for resourcing further emerging research as a result of the project.
  • Travel and accommodation for two representatives of the successful project (one from the research team and one from the community organisation), to the award ceremony which will be held at Parliament House, Canberra on 9 August 2017.

2015 winners

Next Steps for Aboriginal Health Research: How research can improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in South Australia

Mr John Singer and Dr Rosie King of the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA) and Ms Janet Stajic of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (formerly of AHCSA)

Award presentation

Created: 22 December 2014 - Updated: 19 June 2017