Improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be a priority for all Australians. While research has been undertaken with Aboriginal Australians and their communities not all of it has been beneficial. It is important researchers undertaking research focused on Aboriginal Australians and their communities have experience, training and knowledge of the cultural context in which they will be working and consider whether the research is right (ethical and appropriate) for Aboriginal Australians, their communities and organisations. It is important researchers consult and work with relevant stakeholders at all stages of their research. This can lead to more effective research and greater benefits for Aboriginal Australians, their communities and organisations.
The Centre for Aboriginal Health in the NSW Ministry of Health can assist with navigating the concepts and approaches outlined in the quick guide and each Local Health District has an Aboriginal Health Unit that can assist with support on conducting ethical and culturally appropriate research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or communities.