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Ten principles relevant to health research among Indigenous Australian populations

Med J Aust 2012; 197 (1): 16-18. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11642

Working with Indigenous communities towards research that is relevant, effective and culturally respectful

Writing in the Journal about Indigenous health in 2011, Sir Michael Marmot suggested that the challenge was to conduct research, and to ultimately apply findings from that research, to enable Indigenous Australians to lead more flourishing lives that they would have reason to value.1 As committed Indigenous health researchers in Australia, we reflect Marmot’s ideal — to provide the answers to key questions relating to health that might enable Indigenous Australians to live the lives that they would choose to live.

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  • Lisa M Jamieson1
  • Yin C Paradies2
  • Sandra Eades3
  • Alwin Chong4
  • Louise Maple-Brown4
  • Peter Morris4
  • Ross Bailie4
  • Alan Cass5
  • Kaye Roberts-Thomson1
  • Alex Brown6

  • 1 University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 2 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 4 Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT.
  • 5 George Institute, Sydney, NSW.
  • 6 Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Alice Springs, NT.


Acknowledgements: 

We gratefully acknowledge Sir Michael Marmot, University College London, who provided helpful comments on an earlier draft of this manuscript. Lisa Jamieson is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Award (605837), Louise Maple-Brown by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research (605837), Yin Paradies by a University of Melbourne McKenzie Fellowship, Ross Bailie by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT100100087), Alwin Chong by an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (457101) and Alex Brown by a Heart Foundation of Australia Fellowship.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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