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Ethics

Our research is built on priorities identified by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We aim to produce high-impact research, tools and resources that will have positive health outcomes for Australia's First Nations. The Institute facilitates engagement between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, tertiary education, medical research institutions, government and partner organisations to maximise the impact of research, knowledge and innovation. We also engage with our Indigenous family around the world, facilitating networks and collaborations that improve the health and wellbeing of First Peoples everywhere. Our research methods have been refined over more than 20 years.

To guide this effort the Lowitja Institute has identified five key principles that underpin our approach to research. These are:

  1.  Beneficence to act for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the conduct of our research
  2.  Leadership by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  3.  Engagement of research end users (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities, policymakers, other potential research users)
  4.  Development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research workforce
  5.  Measurement of impact in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health.

As well as developing an ethical philosophy in the way that we approach research, we support and uphold ethical guidelines and frameworks that have been developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.

We also develop resources to support ethical research, such as EthicsHub. This online resource provides guidance – for researchers, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community research participants, community organisations, students and supervisors, and ethics committees – around the ethics of undertaking research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.