Aboriginal research

The HREC will review ethics protocols with significant or targeted participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and/or communities with the expectation to see that the researchers have involved Aboriginal stakeholders and/or communities from project inception (as part of the research design and methodology), with on-going engagement throughout the lifecycle of the project, including the reporting of the research outcomes (to whom and in what form, considering cultural expectations, etc). Similar considerations will also apply to research involving other Indigenous communities too. Researchers are expected to submit a protocol that demonstrates how they have addressed cultural safety and 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, based on the NHMRC guidelines relating to ethical research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Researchers must complete, and provide with their ethics application, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Ethics Engagement Plan. 

Researchers can seek advice from Michael Watkins, the Aboriginal Research Ethics Advisor: michael.watkins@unisa.edu.au; 8302 7413.

And please refer to the University's webpage on Aboriginal engagement, including the downloadable guide titled "Yurirka: Proppa Engagement with Aboriginal Peoples".


Further information

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