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Research, information and consent for the Australian Health Survey: a separate standard for Indigenous people?

Kevin G Rowley and Alister H Thorpe
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (3): 158-159.

To the Editor: Recently, Professor Hoy argued for the full inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Health Survey (AHS), including the measurement of clinical variables and the proposed sample repository.1 Although much of the argument is plausible, several points were overlooked that make it untenable overall.

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  • Kevin G Rowley
  • Alister H Thorpe

  • School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: rowleyk@unimelb.edu.au

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  • 2. Jelfs PL. Indigenous participation in the Australian Health Survey: a response. Med J Aust 2011; 194: 511. <MJA full text>
  • 3. Schnarch B. Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP) or self-determination applied to research: a critical analysis of contemporary first nations research and some options for first nations communities. J Aboriginal Health 2004; 1: 80-95.
  • 4. National Health and Medical Research Council. Values and ethics: guidelines for ethical conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research. Canberra: NHMRC, 2003. http://www. nhmrc.gov.au/publications/synopses/e52syn.htm (accessed Jul 2011).
  • 5. Tait PW. How can Australia do better for Indigenous health? Med J Aust 2011; 194: 501-502. <MJA full text>

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