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Indigenous research

The HREC will review ethics protocols with significant or targeted participation of Indigenous people and communities with the expectation to see that the researchers have involved Indigenous people and/or communities from project inception (research design and methodology) through to the reporting of the research outcomes (to whom and in what form, considering cultural expectations etc). Researchers are expected to submit a protocol that demonstrates how they have addressed Indigenous inclusivity in the following phases of the research process where relevant:

  • Conceptualisation;
  • Development and approval;
  • Data collection and management;
  • Analysis;
  • Report Writing;
  • Dissemination of the research results.

Researchers need to show how each phase of the research process is ethically defensible on the grounds that each of the following six values that lie at the heart of the "Values and Ethics: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research" (NHMRC, 2003) have been considered:

  • Spirit and Integrity
  • Reciprocity
  • Respect
  • Equality
  • Survival and Protection
  • Responsibility

Ideally, HDR research ethics applicants should have an Indigenous supervisor.

Further information

For further information please refer to the following documents and/or websites:

Contact the Executive Officer of UniSA HREC for further assistance regarding Ethics and Indigenous Australian research.