Conducting decolonizing research and practice with Australian First Nations to close the health gap

Pamela Laird, Anne B. Chang, John Jacky, Mary Lane, André Schultz, Roz Walker

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this paper is to highlight a perspective for decolonizing research with Australian First Nations and provide a framework for successful and sustained knowledge translation by drawing on the recent work conducted by a research group, in five remote communities in North-Western Australia. The perspective is discussed in light of national and international calls for meaningful and dedicated engagement with First Nations people in research, policy and practice, to help close the health gap between First Nations and other Australians.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number127
    Number of pages10
    JournalHealth Research Policy and Systems
    Volume19
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    The projects were funded by a Child and Adolescent Health Service of Western Australia grant and an NHMRC HOT North implementation grant and pilot grant from the Menzies School of Health Research. Dr. Laird was supported by an NHMRC PhD scholarship [Grant No. APP1168925] and Menzies HOT North funding and Stan & Jean Perron PhD top-up scholarship. Dr Laird is currently supported by a Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation Grant. A/Prof Schultz was supported by an NHMRC Trip fellowship [Grant No. APP1168022] and later a NHMRC/MRFF Investigator Grant No. APP1193796. Prof Chang is supported by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship [Grant No. 1058213] and a Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation top-up [Grant No. 50286] and has received multiple NHMRC grants related to topics of cough and bronchiectasis including Centre of Research Excellence grants for lung disease [Grant No. 1040830] among Indigenous children and bronchiectasis [Grant No. 1170958].

    Funding Information:
    The authors would like to thank the Aboriginal families and the staff at the hospital and local Aboriginal medical services who agreed to participate in the studies. We would like to thank the external stakeholders who provided valuable information to assist in developing processes for implementation. The project was funded by the Child and Adolescent Health Service of Western Australia grant and Menzies HOT North NHMRC seeding grants.

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    © 2021, The Author(s).

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    Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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