“It puts a human face on the researched”: A qualitative evaluation of an Indigenous research governance model

Bond, Chelsea, Foley, Wendy, & Askew, Deborah (2016) “It puts a human face on the researched”: A qualitative evaluation of an Indigenous research governance model. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40(S1), S89-S95.

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  • This study aimed to describe the Inala Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Jury for Health Research, and evaluate its usefulness as a model of Indigenous research governance within an urban Indigenous primary health care service from the perspectives of Jury members and researchers.


  • Informed by a phenomenological approach and using narrative inquiry, a focus group was conducted with Jury members and key informant interviews were undertaken with researchers who had presented to the Community Jury in its first year of operation.


  • The Jury was a site of identity work for researchers and Jury members, providing an opportunity to observe and affirm community cultural protocols. Although researchers and Jury members had differing levels of research literacy, the Jury processes enabled respectful communication and relationships to form which positively influenced research practice, community aspirations and clinical care.


  • The Jury processes facilitated transformative research practice among researchers, and resulted in transference of power from researchers to the Jury members to the mutual benefit of both.


  • Ethical Indigenous health research practice requires an engagement with Indigenous peoples and knowledges at the research governance level, not simply as subjects or objects of research.

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ID Code: 90270
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: ethics, community engagement, research governance, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Citizen's Jury
DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12422
ISSN: 1753-6405
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Copyright Statement: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2015 22:43
Last Modified: 29 May 2016 18:04

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