Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research needs to be driven by priorities set by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to be of practical use to that health sector and to develop research capacity within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Lowitja Institute and its predecessor the CRC for Aboriginal Health have developed two guides in response to a growing need for resources in this area.
Alison Laycock with Diane Walker, Nea Harrison & Jenny Brands 2009, Supporting Indigenous Researchers: A Practical Guide for Supervisors, CRCAH, Darwin
This publication can be downloaded in PDF format or purchased in hard copy for $10 plus postage.
Alison Laycock with Diane Walker, Nea Harrison & Jenny Brands 2011, Researching Indigenous Health: A Practical Guide for Researchers, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne
This publication is available for purchase. The cost is $25 or $15 for community and students, plus postage.
Supporting Indigenous Researchers: A Practical Guide for Supervisors
The CRC for Aboriginal Health developed this guide 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. It offers practical information, advice, strategies and success stories in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. It is an easy-to-use manual in plain English that supports:
- setting up a workplace with the capacity to employ, support and train a developing researcher
- research processes and issues (a practical overview)
- doing research work in and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Chapters 1 to 3 raise and discuss workplace issues for Indigenous health researchers and their supervisors. The chapters focus on what makes the supervision of Indigenous researchers different to the supervision of non-Indigenous researchers, and suggest ways to build a reciprocal and supportive supervisor–researcher relationship and a strong intercultural research team. Much of the information is presented through the reflections, experiences and advice of Indigenous researchers and research supervisors.
Chapters 4 to 7 provide workplace supervisors with practical strategies to tackle the issues raised in Part A and to support Indigenous researchers. The chapters use real examples and stories to guide supervisors in:
- job planning and recruitment of emerging Indigenous researchers
- induction and orientation
- work planning and performance appraisal
- assessing training needs
- designing and supporting on-the-job training and professional development.
Researching Indigenous Health: A Practical Guide for Researchers
Who is this Guide for?
The Lowitja Institute receives frequent requests for resources and advice about how to conduct research projects, and has identified different audiences with different resource needs.
1 Emerging and experienced researchers looking for ways to improve their Indigenous health research practice. Researchers want to know how to involve participants and the users of research when developing and conducting research projects—how to build Indigenous research 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.
2 Supervisors of emerging Indigenous researchers. Many research leaders have a lot of experience in designing and conducting research but limited experience as supervisors and trainers of emerging 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 intercultural research partnerships for better research projects.
What is in this Guide?
The guide includes the history, context, values and change priorities of Indigenous health research in Australia and the planning and management of Indigenous health research projects. The companion volume, Supporting Indigenous Researchers: A Practical Guide for Supervisors is about good practice in developing the capacity of Indigenous health researchers. Both books offer practical information, advice, strategies and success stories in Indigenous health research.
Information in this guide can be purchased as a book with summaries and additional information being available on our website. Longer case stories can be read in full online and chapters are supported with useful online information such as Indigenous health research policies, structures and collaborations.
Related news and resources
- More ethical Indigenous health research [MP3], interview with Alwin Chong and Diane Walker on Researching Indigenous Health in The Wire, 18 July 2011
- 'A new resource for researchers working in Indigenous health', Melissa Sweet in Croakey: The Crikey Health Blog, 15 July 2011
- 'Institute launches guide to good research', Wangka Pulka, August 2011
- The Lowitja Institute launches guide to help researchers, Media Release, July 2011
- Developing practical guides for good research practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research: Through collaboration [poster] by Alison Laycock and Diane Walker in 2011 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program and Abstracts, Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia
- Media release: New guide will improve research, build Aboriginal health capacity and help close the gap, 17 March 2009