This study aimed to highlight the importance of family values while showcasing the significant roles and responsibilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male parents. It is anticipated by privileging these men and their stories of parenting future generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male parents and their children will benefit.
The study tried to better understand the roles and responsibilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men through privileging their voices while concentrating on their cultural identity and cultural practices as parents. The men were able to come together and discuss the importance of maintaining and instilling on to their children cultural identity and cultural practices to keep them strong in mind body and spirit. This strengths-based approach allowed for rich data to be collected and a mutual rapport to be developed between the community and the research team.
- Extensive community engagement, resulting with invitations to conduct focus groups in four communities (1 regional, 2 remote and 1 metro) of South Australia.
- Leadership/reference group meetings throughout the project, both formally and informally, to discuss the plans, aspirations and direction of the project.
- The appointment of two Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing workers (SEWB) who attended the focus groups for those who may require emotional support. This also provided the SEWB workers an opportunity to immerse themselves in various aspects of the research process.
- An Aboriginal health worker with an interest in community research was given the opportunity to learn from the research processes and attend all focus groups. The health worker was instrumental in the engagement with the Coober Pedy community and health service.
- A managing distress workshop was conducted in September 2018. The workshop discussed managing distress and or adverse events during discussion groups and interviews, and how the research team can deal with whatever situation may occur. The research team put some agreed upon plans and protocols in place for use when travelling throughout South Australia during the gathering and dissemination of findings.
- Lead researcher met with members of the Leadership group to gain a better understanding of the projects beginnings and potential impacts of this small seed funding. This was an extremely important process which made the project’s aspirations and direction clear and has allowed the lead researcher to engage with future funding bodies.
- The study conducted four focus groups in four participating sites – Coober Pedy, Ceduna region, Port Lincoln and metropolitan Adelaide.
- The research team travelled back to the four participating sites to disseminate the findings of the Strong Dads Strong Futures study.