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Capacity development through research

Research projects can provide opportunities for everyone involved to learn and develop.

  • Experienced researchers can learn from working together with Aboriginal people and communities, or with researchers from another discipline. This can help experienced researchers carry out research that has greater impact and makes a difference (read Ross Bailie's story).
  • Beginning researchers learn from the other researchers they are working with and by working together with Aboriginal people and communities. This can be a very important part of the training and development of a researcher, and can help in gaining better qualifications and experience (read about Healthy Skin students' experience).
  • Individual Aboriginal people can learn from working with researchers, about the value of their knowledge and of the knowledge of researchers, and about how research can be of benefit to them. Research projects can also provide opportunities to gain skills and qualifications (read about the Gapuwiyak community's involved in a research project and the Galiwin'ku community members being trained in child health research).
  • Aboriginal organisations can also benefit and learn from taking part in research. Research projects can help organisations know what they are doing, how well they are doing it, and how well that meets the needs of their clients. Best of all, research projects can help organisations set up systems that help them improve their services to their clients (read about the Victorian Aborginal Health Service's project).
  • Aboriginal communities can benefit from research. Where researchers have built up good relationships with communities over many years, the community might ask the researcher for help when confronted with complex problems like mental health (read about research partnerships in South Australia).
  • Capacity exchange (two-way learning) can also occur between researchers, Aboriginal people and government representatives when they work together in the setting of research priorities, the development and carrying out of research projects. By working together in this way, researchers, Aboriginal people and government representatives see how much stronger the research can be, because it has been informed by three often very different points of view.
Created: 08 June 2012 - Updated: 01 October 2018