Genetics is a rapidly developing and controversial research tool that is beginning to contribute to Indigenous health research internationally. This Discussion Paper has emerged out of the 2nd Lowitja Institute National Roundtable on Genetic Research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities that was held at the University of Melbourne in 2011. This publication, which gives an overview of the presentations and discussion at the Roundtable, aims to encourage many more conversations around the country about the potential that genetic research has to contribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research efforts. More importantly, it explores the mechanisms that need to be in place to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are empowered to make informed decisions about participating in genetic research.
|E. Kowal & I. Anderson