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This subject provides students with practical understandings regarding the production and strategic dissemination of Indigenous health knowledge central to ‘Closing the Gap’ in Indigenous health. It provides an overview of the scope of Indigenous health research, key institutions and data collections. It provides foundational understandings about Indigenous health ethics and values, ways to engage Indigenous people throughout the research process and strategies for the management of ethical, collaborative partnerships. It covers ways to develop a research agenda, choice of methodologies including decolonising approaches, capacity development and integrating research and primary health care information systems. The subject also examines capacity exchange and research transfer in Indigenous health settings. The subject will engage the student with a range of challenging case studies reflecting some of the tensions, contestation and dilemmas in the field.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Identify key stakeholders, institutions, data collections and national protocols, in particular ethical protocols, central to Indigenous health research;
- Analyse the utility and limitations of existing research information systems regarding health system performance, service reporting and Indigenous health outcomes;
- Design protocols for the management of Indigenous health research projects with regard to ethics, partnership, collaboration, intellectual property, capacity development, data management and knowledge transfer;
- Identify key Indigenous health problems, develop related research questions, appropriate methods, potential data sources, strategies for Indigenous collaboration, ethical considerations and knowledge transfer strategies.
Upon completion of this subject students will have developed skills in:
- Critical thinking and analysis,
- Initiative, autonomy and organization,
- Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
- Written communication,
- Working with others and in teams.
Last updated: 2 December 2019