Matching research methodology with Australian Indigenous culture.

Gorman, Don and Toombs, Maree (2009) Matching research methodology with Australian Indigenous culture.. Aboriginal and Island Health worker Journal, 33 3: 4-7.

Author Gorman, Don
Toombs, Maree
Title Matching research methodology with Australian Indigenous culture.
Journal name Aboriginal and Island Health worker Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1037-3403
Publication date 2009-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 33
Issue 3
Start page 4
End page 7
Total pages 4
Place of publication Matraville, N.S.W., Australia
Publisher Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal
Language eng
Abstract Indigenous Australians have poorer self-assessed health than non-Indigenous Australians, have higher rates of hospitalisation and higher prevalence rates for many diseases, experience an earlier onset of disease, and suffer a burden of disease that is two and a half times greater. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people also suffer higher rates of mental illness, are twice as likely to report high to very high levels of psychological distress, and are likely to have higher General Practitioner encounter rates (Pink & Allbon, 2008). Notwithstanding the above and the obvious need for research to help address these appalling statistics, Aboriginal peoples have long argued that research conducted in their communities does not benefit them or lead to improvements in their health (de Crespigny, Emden, Kowanko & Murray, 2004; Eades SJ, Read AW & Bibbulung Gnarneep Team, 1999; Henry et al., 2004; Holmes, Stewart, Garrow, Anderson & Thorpe, 2002; Hunter, 2001). In this article we look at some of the reasons why research may not have achieved the improvement in Indigenous Australian health that was hoped for, and propose some ideas about how research methodology and Australian Indigenous cultures can be better matched, and therefore be more likely to address their health needs.
Keyword Aboriginal
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Created: Wed, 09 Feb 2011, 15:42:38 EST by Mrs Maree Toombs on behalf of Rural Clinical School