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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

AIATSIS Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research

The AIATSIS Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research (The AIATSIS Code) ensures that research with and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples follows a process of meaningful engagement and reciprocity between the researcher and the individuals and/or communities involved in the research.

This document will supersede and replace the Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS). All references to GERAIS in Australian research codes and guidance should be taken to refer to this Code.

There is also a A Guide to applying the Code of Ethics available.

To access these resources, please click here.

Office of Health & Medical Research (OHMR):

Research engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Quick Guide on Undertaking Appropriate Aboriginal Health Research

This quick guide provides advice for health professionals and researchers undertaking research in NSW Health facilities with a focus on Aboriginal1 people, including where Aboriginal people are considered as part of a broader study population. The purpose of the guide is to increase awareness of the appropriate principles, approaches and processes required to ensure that research projects are ethical and beneficial for Aboriginal people and communities. This includes supporting researchers to consider when and how to seek ethical approval for research conducted with Aboriginal people or communities.

Conducting Translational Research with Aboriginal Communities on People

This document has been developed for health professionals who wish to apply for NSW Health mainstream research grants, such as the Translational Research Grants Scheme (TRGS) and Cardiovascular Research Capacity Program grants.

This document includes useful recommendations for strengthening translational research projects that have an identified focus on Aboriginal health. The document will benefit those who have had limited or no prior experience in conducting research in a way that is appropriate and beneficial for Aboriginal people. It will also be of use for more experienced researchers as a reminder of values and processes to uphold when conducting research. The document addresses research projects that:

* are focused entirely on Aboriginal people

* have a broader population focus which includes Aboriginal people, or

* are based in a region where there is a large Aboriginal population.

To access this resource click here: https://www.medicalresearch.nsw.gov.au/designing-research-study/

NSW Aboriginal Health Impact Statement

NSW Health is committed to Closing the Gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal Health Impact Statement forms part of a broader set of strategies to achieve this. A culturally respectful and responsive health system is essential to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people and every employee of the NSW Health system has a valuable role to play.

The purpose of the Aboriginal Health Impact Statement is to support NSW Health organisations and staff to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal people by systematically applying an ‘Aboriginal health lens’ to all policies, programs and strategies.

To access this resource click here: https://www.medicalresearch.nsw.gov.au/designing-research-study/

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

The following revised documents replace the previous Values and Ethics: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research 2003 and Keeping Research on Track: A guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about health research ethics 2005. These older documents have now been revoked.

Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities

The Guidelines for researchers and stakeholders provides a set of principles to ensure research is safe, respectful, responsible, high quality and of benefit to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

To access this resource click here: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/resources/ethical-conduct-research-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples-and-communities

Keeping research on track II 2018

Keeping research on track II was developed to provide advice on how the values and principles outlined in Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities: Guidelines for researchers and stakeholders can be put into practice in research.

To access this resource click here: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/resources/keeping-research-track-ii

Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC)

The AH&MRC works with their members in NSW to ensure accessibility to an adequately resourced and skilled workforce who provide high quality comprehensive primary health care services for Aboriginal communities.

The AH&MRC works in collaboration with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health partners to systematically address the social determinants of health and wellbeing.

AH&MRC HREC Software - Submittable

The Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is changing the way it does business. Today marks the launch of the new AH&MRC Ethics software Submittable. The HREC  is putting researchers in control of their application. As a researcher, you are now able to see what meeting your application is going to and be able to monitor the progress of your application. Best of all, you can submit documents as they are updated directly into your file.

Submittable is a portal-based system whereby applicants can monitor and maintain files they submit to the AH&MRC HREC. In order to submit an application simply click ‘Apply Now’ on the meeting you would like to submit to.

The Submittable portal is now open. It is optional for researchers to use Submittable for the October 2019 HREC Meeting, after which applicants will be required to use the portal. We encourage applicants to start using the portal as early as possible. Using the Submittable portal will ensure your application file is saved on our database and help streamline the HREC Application Process.

Check out Submittables cool features here: Submittable

For further information please contact the AH&MRC Ethics team at ethics@ahmrc.org.au

AH&MRC Ethical Guidelines: Key Principles 2020

The Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) Human Research Ethics Committee would like to introduce the updated version of the AH&MRC Ethical Guidelines: Key Principles (2020) .

The purpose of this document is to ensure that research that affects Aboriginal people and communities is done in a culturally appropriate way, involves and considers the people that it affects. Use of this guideline is required by researchers who are planning to submit an Ethics application for review by the AH&MRC Ethics Committee:

Notable changes to this document include:

  • Clarification on the expectations of researchers under the Five Key Principles
  • Further information on the requirements of Aboriginal Governance:
o Aboriginal Reference Groups
o Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
o Aboriginal Researchers
  • Links between the expectations of the AH&MRC HREC and the NHMRC
  • Updated checklist for submission requirements

Find the updated guidelines here: https://www.ahmrc.org.au/ethics/